Hello, we are FiftyThree.

We make stuff. Beautiful, practical, meaningful stuff.
We make what we love.
We love what we do.


Over the years we noticed that software that's designed to help us be creative actually made us less creative. Ideas aren't born in slide decks, documents, or image editors. They begin freeform. On paper. In conversations. As sketches.

We founded FiftyThree to build tools that work the way we do. Tools for the creative space — the 53 centimeters that magically link head, heart, and hand. Tools as simple as pencil and paper. Tools so essential, we really can't imagine working without them.


In March 2012, we launched Paper by FiftyThree, the simplest and most beautiful way to create on the iPad. Since then, Paper has been downloaded millions of times, and it has won the Apple Design Award, Crunchies Award, AIGA Award, IxDA Award, and Apple's App of the Year.

In December of 2013, we released Pencil. The Verge called it “the best iPad stylus yet”, in part because of the way Pencil seamlessly integrates with Paper.

We're pleased to have received such a warm welcome, but we still have much work to do. Our ambition is no less than to change the way people create, and we're building world-class teams in NYC and Seattle to take on this challenge. There are many more apps, services, and hardware products to come.


Great products begin with great people. This is who we strive to be:

  • Well-rounded. We develop products at the intersection of art and science. It's great to have depth, but breadth is essential.

  • Collaborative. Harmonious products reflect the teams that build them. The ability to work across disciplines and make others better is a must.

  • Makers. We place a high value on the quality of our products and the process of making them. The joy of making is its own reward. We consistently set a higher bar.

  • Respectful. Creativity flourishes in open, accepting environments. Respect and kindness towards members of the team and our customers is an absolute requirement.

  • Experimental. We don't shy away from risks and experimentation. We embrace new thinking and technologies and always consider multiple ways of solving problems.

The Details

FiftyThree is located in the TriBeCa neighborhood of New York City and the Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle. Our team encompasses design, engineering, business development, community management, and more.

We’re currently seeking candidates in NYC and Seattle for the following positions:

  • iOS engineers. Contribute to the development of a suite of apps that are redefining what it means to create on mobile. Work in a highly cross-discipline environment where design, product, and engineering teams come together with a common goal of creating the best possible user experience. Above all, be a design-minded engineer with a love for the craft of coding.

    You should have experience building UI-intensive applications, ideally doing so with Git, Objective-C, and Cocoa. Game development experience using C++ and OpenGL(ES) is also a plus. Strong CS fundamentals, 2+ years of professional experience, and great communication skills are essential.

  • Back-end engineers. Help us build great services, and work across a diverse set of tools, including Node.js, CoffeeScript, Neo4j (a graph database), Heroku, S3 and EC2. Experience with these isn’t required, but CS fundamentals and an ability to learn quickly are. Even better if you love analytics and instrumentation.

  • Brand designers. We are looking for an original thinker and visual craftsperson—someone who cares deeply about the work they do with a driving curiosity to explore new things. You should have a strong understanding of core visual design principles, deep knowledge of designing for the web, an intuition for great experiences, a strong sense of brand storytelling, and the ability to connect with an audience. This position is for an experienced, senior-level designer. Please send a portfolio of your recent work.

  • Product designers. We are looking for someone to envision and build the next generation of creative tools. You should be able to pull together insights, design systems, create powerful experiences, use motion and visual design, and tell stories through products that cross app, web, services, and hardware. You must be able to simplify the complex, bring beauty to the mundane, and build meaningful experiences for millions of creators around the world. This position is for an experienced, senior-level designer. Please send a portfolio of your recent work.

  • Publicist. Help tell the story of FiftyThree and our product suite. We’re looking for someone with 5+ years of experience, excellent mainstream media contacts, and a proven ability to create and execute national media campaigns. A people person who loves to network, it’s important that you’re also happy rolling up your sleeves for more routine tasks like award-entry submission, maintaining our press page, and consistently pitching for roundups and gift guides. This is a part-time contract position at our New York office with potential to go full-time.

  • Product manager. Come play a major role in shaping and delivering the future of digital creativity. Work closely across disciplines to make sure we get it right - from the largest strategic decision to the smallest details. We are a design and customer focused company, but to truly be successful we must effectively balance design, business, and engineering. In this role you will make sure the team is as efficient as it can be while shipping the right product. This position is for an experienced product manager. A CS degree is strongly preferred.

  • We are not actively hiring for the following positions, but we like hearing from great candidates:

    • Web engineers. Build rich, dynamic web apps that feel simply magical. Work hand-in-hand with the design team to implement gorgeous interfaces that adapt dynamically to all types of devices. Architect complex client-side applications that push the boundaries of performance. Implement delightful animations and transitions that make experiences in the browser come to life.

    • Dev-ops engineers. Our userbase is millions strong and growing. We're running a unique stack, so there's plenty of room and need for creativity. We would love to see prior experience building or managing linux systems at scale — robustly, securely and smoothly. You should have a solid understanding of networking, shell scripting and security, but expect more than just an admin role.


  • The FiftyThree internship is a new program that pairs exceptional students and recent graduates directly with FiftyThree’s app development and design team to participate in a challenging, maker-focused environment. FiftyThree interns will get hands on experience helping to envision and create the next generation of FiftyThree’s products.

    We’re looking primarily for current students and recent graduates in computer science and visual or interaction design. The FiftyThree internship is a paid internship for the duration of summer 2015 in our New York City office.

    Design-focused Internship

    • Strong visual design skills

    • Experience creating wireframes and other design documentation

    • Experience with prototyping technologies

  • Apply

    If the above sounds like you, or if you think you'd be a great addition to our team nonetheless, send us a note at jobs@fiftythree.com.

    We look forward to hearing from you.