Principal Technical Artist

  • Dapper Labs
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Oct 26, 2020
Permanent UX Designer | Blockchain

Job Description

Are you an innovative and agile Technical Artist, passionate about advancing gameplay? We are looking for someone who can take the lead in shaping the way revolutionary games built on Flow—a new blockchain Dapper Labs has developed specifically for mainstream consumer experiences—is introduced to and adopted by new audiences. You will have the opportunity to bring NBA Top Shot, the first officially-licensed digital collectibles, to market by improving and optimizing our current render pipelines and defining the technology for future scalability. You will also develop the entire pipeline for asset creation and rendering for CryptoKitties, the most popular non-financial app on the blockchain, bringing everyone’s favorite digital Kitty to an even wider audience.

As the Principal Technical Artist, you will be proficient at defining and implementing asset creation pipelines, defining tech stack used for development, and managing external assets as well as coordinating with external production teams. You will be responsible for research, innovation, and the technical quality of production. You must enjoy working at the cutting-edge of what is technically possible, be able to implement solutions and disseminate knowledge to peers, and solve end-to-end problems through demonstrated expertise in Unity and Adobe Suite. Every day, you’ll collaborate with a world-class team to defy the limits of what audiences can expect from digital assets.

What You’ll Accomplish Here:

  • Introduce efficient, best-in-class production tools and processes to drive NBA Top Shot & CryptoKitties forward
  • Ensure the technical quality of Dapper Labs’ cutting-edge games
  • Oversee the process of asset creation, managing art pipelines
  • Train graphic team members on the tools and techniques required for implementation.
  • Help define tech stack for 3D and 2D assets production. Balance quality, cost and speed for best implementation according to current product goals
  • Propose and spec out tools for asset production scaling and optimization (capacity to create automation processes is a plus)
  • Produce a technical reference and/or technical constraints document, keep it current and communicate it so that the team can refer to it when required.
  • Assure the homogeneity of the technical quality throughout games at Dapper Labs

Our Ideal Candidate:

  • Expert in the technical art field, with main responsibilities including art production workflows, tools, pipelines, asset optimization, visual scripting/logic (schematics) and shader development
  • 5+ years experience in 3D real-time graphics and video game development
  • Expert knowledge of 2D (Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator/After Effects) and 3D art packages (Maya/3DsMax).
  • Experience working on both web and mobile platforms
  • Effective at communicating with different audiences: artists, engineers, managers.


  • Experience in game development
  • Experience with Unity, including deep technical knowledge of its capacities and limitations
  • Knowledge of 2D and 3D graphic software (Adobe/Maya/3DsMax)
  • Knowledge of animation pipelines
  • Knowledge of an asset management system
  • Experience writing shaders for real-time rendering
  • Experience in developing real-time 3D web content as a plus

How To Apply:

  • Please include your resume and/or LinkedIn.
  • Please include [GitHub link / send us a portfolio or samples of your work.]
  • Please answer the following question in 200 words or less:

(Devise one question that will help the hiring team qualify candidates and get the person excited about the role. Must be interesting and it must communicate our culture on some level)

About Us:

Dapper Labs is the company behind CryptoKitties. Formed in February 2018, Dapper Labs was spun out of Axiom Zen to spread the benefits of decentralization through the power of play, fairness, and true ownership. Notable investors in Dapper Labs include Andreessen Horowitz, Union Square Ventures, Venrock, Google Ventures, Samsung, and the founders of Dreamworks, Reddit, Coinbase, Zynga, and AngelList, among others. CryptoKitties is the world’s most popular blockchain application outside of cryptocurrency exchanges.

Dapper team members are humble and curious entrepreneurs, builders, and tinkerers who share a passion to demystify blockchain technology and tap its potential to create change in the world. Our people are our greatest strength: our diverse crew flourishes in a distributed hierarchy where personal autonomy and professional growth are encouraged. We value our culture above else: regardless of where you came from, what you studied, or who you used to work for, your role here will necessitate both a high level of creativity and strategic thinking on complex issues. Everyone here is a founder, and no one fits in a box. We’re all driven by an insatiable thirst for learning and development, and that’s what brings us together.

A Little More About Us:

At Dapper Labs we recruit the best and foster an environment that empowers our team. That means a workplace that is diverse, inclusive, and open-minded. We welcome applicants of all backgrounds, regardless of race, colour, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.

We offer compensation commensurate with the high level of talent we seek, diverse opportunities for learning and development, extensive benefits, and flexible time off policy.

  • Competitive salary and expanded insurance: we offer compensation commensurate with the high level of talent we seek, and your vision, medical, and extended health benefits start on Day 1.
  • Commuter reimbursement: we cover public transport to work and back. If you bike, we set aside $1000/year for bike maintenance.
  • Flexible time off and remote work policy: we have a high standard for impact but we insist on work-life harmony. Minimum of 15 days off every year, with no hard limit.
  • Holistic initiatives and fitness: we have an in-house massage therapist and host yoga classes on site. We’ll reimburse for health-related benefits like gym memberships and personal training.
  • Active professional development: we’ll cover travel and accomodations for speaking engagements, as well as conferences, classes, books, and other resources to expand your skill set and professional growth.

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