WE’RE ON A JOURNEY TO BRING DESIGN THINKING TO EVERY CORNER OF EBAY.

Because design isn’t just about crafting pixels or making products, it’s about creating possibilities. And when we get our entire team to see what’s possible, anything is. So we’re starting with this Playbook. A living document that defines our beliefs and approach to design.

DESIGN CONNECTS US.

To Our Customers

We work for the betterment of our customers – a diverse mix of people, brands, nonprofits and developers. They expect us to create smart solutions that improve their lives and businesses, both locally and globally. We strive to execute well every day, getting results and delivering powerful innovations that enable everyone to succeed.

To Each Other

Across eBay, there’s a powerful network of talented and driven people who challenge one another. We don’t believe in winner takes all. We believe it takes all to win. We believe you should be you, so we’ll embrace your unique personality and point of view, and help you shape and define your success. Together, we’ll do amazing things.

To The World

We design a new and better kind of commerce: one that’s enabled by people, supported by technology and creates more opportunity for everyone. The experiences we create allow millions of people around the world to participate in commerce, to connect and to flourish.

THESE PRINCIPLES GUIDE US
TO DESIGN MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCES.

Craftsmanship

WE CRAFT

We obsess over every pixel. Every word. Every experience. We make big changes in tiny spaces and small tweaks to global ideas. We won’t release anything we’re not proud of. Because focusing on the details lets us build something truly memorable.

Simplify

WE SIMPLIFY

Building something simple is anything but. So, we’re honest about our impact on people’s lives. We respect their time and spend every waking moment of our day making things simpler. Because simple is loved, needed, used and shared.

Connect

WE CONNECT

We create opportunity by connecting people to each other. That’s a powerful concept–coming up with ways to connect and further interconnect our world anyway we can. It’s an awesome challenge, too. One we dive into headfirst every day.

AllGoIn

WE GO ALL IN

We invent, then reinvent. Design, then redesign. Yes, we butt heads sometimes, but only because we’re fighting for the people that depend on us. Our customers need us to do the best work of our lives so that they can do the best work of theirs.

HOW WE MAKE
DESIGN HAPPEN.

GoOutside

Go Outside

You can’t design a great product without spending time
in your customers’ shoes. That’s why we do our homework.
We get out of the office and meet with our customers.
We listen to them. And we listen some more, until we
understand what matters to them.

Play around

Like kids in a sandbox, we play, doodle, share and poke holes in one another’s ideas. Play brings us closer together­­—guards down, egos aside—to invent the right solution for our customers and the world of commerce and.

PlayAround
MakeSomething

Make something

Design at eBay is serious work. It can be messy, complex, hard and sometimes, yes, disappointing. But that’s all part of our creative process. How we birth great experiences and products our customers love and can use anywhere, anytime.

Get a reaction

This is the moment of truth. We put our work out there to watch how people respond. Have we created something meaningful? Something people can use on any device? That makes their lives easier? Our biggest reward is often a smile.

GetAReaction
KeepGoing

Keep going

Design is never truly finished. And that’s part of the thrill. There’s always another hurdle to clear, new solutions to discover, another chance to reimagine what you just created.

THIS IS A VIBRANT DESIGN COMMUNITY ACROSS ALL OF EBAY.

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Our offices may be spread across countries and time zones. We may be designing, writing, developing, photographing or concepting different projects. But we’re focused on creating beautiful and seamless commerce experiences for our customers. And we’re committed to help each other become the best of ourselves.

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DESIGNERS

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STUDIOS

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COUNTRIES

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PURPOSE

CREATIVE MINDS
NEED CREATIVE SPACES.

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Open workspaces foster collaboration and discussion. That’s why we’re creating flexible design spaces that allow us to inspire each other. We’re building environments that are conducive to creativity and responsible to the environment.

Watch a preview of some studios we’re making across our company.

CALLING ALL
DESIGN THINKERS

We’re using our design mojo to improve the way people around the world buy,
sell, pay, share and thrive. We shorten the distance between “need” and “have.”
We’re connecting people to each other and to the possibilities of global commerce.

The job we do isn’t found anywhere else.
Here, we design for commerce and payments.
And that’s a seismic creative opportunity.