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When I first joined my company, it was for a Product Design role. However, being in an early-stage startup often meant that I had to do what was beyond the original job scope. Besides being the only Product Designer in the team, I had to take on the role of a Product Manager as well, even though I had zero prior experience in product management. Despite the lack of experience that caused some early struggles, learning while on the job forced me to adapt and overcome those obstacles quickly.

For designers that considered moving from Product Design to Product Management…

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As a product designer, a big part of my design process is to conduct research. I like to think of design as both problem-setting as well as problem-solving. Being able to frame a problem correctly in the beginning, helps me speed up the process of finding the right solutions.

Most of the time, I’d rely on traditional design research methods to help me identify the problem. Some of these methods I often used to help me identify what the problem is about were conducting user interviews, running focus groups, creating user personas, empathy maps and design probing exercises.

While these…

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When I first knew that I’d be the only product designer in the company, I felt a little uneasy. Being fresh out of college, I wasn’t yet confident of my design skills and thought I would feel safer working together with fellow designers. I was afraid of not being able to ‘deliver’ and that self-doubt made me question my ability as a designer from my lack of experience. In school, I was used to working with other design students and the thought of having to work alone made me anxious.

However, being one the only designer in a startup, I…

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In my last post, I talked about how I got hired and started my first full-time job as a product designer at a startup.

It has only been a little over a month since I first joined Lomotif but it’s incredible what I’ve managed to learn and do in such a short period. This post is about why design debts matter to startups and how to manage them while working in a fast-paced environment.

Transiting in Beijing International Aiport

I’m writing this during my 12 hrs layover at Beijing International Airport as I wait for my flight back to Singapore. While I initially planned to explore a little big around Beijing, taking a wrong turn at the transfer area got me clearing the customs and now I’m stuck in the transit area with many hours to spare.

One of my goal for this year is to get into the habit of writing more and documenting my thoughts. I started the year writing reviews for the books that I’ve read and now about to start writing about my working experience.

Hansel Wong

Documenting my thoughts here

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