Up until recently, design and business have never sat at the same table. Some believe that designers are just tasked with making things look pretty. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Designers are now in a position to leverage their skills in design thinking to shift the trajectory of an entire company. Designers have the ability to lead the company through big-picture thinking and small detailed execution. Furthermore, design thinking will help your business anticipate what your customer base wants and needs. …
Last summer, I began interviewing with a startup who was seeking their first Product hire. When I was interviewing with them, I was impressed by the fact that they hadn’t yet hired a full-time designer. Their new platform was nice with lots of white space and clean navigation.
Every designer’s dream, right?
After I got the job and started using the product, I realized many issues lay below the surface. There were fundamental UX problems, too many unexplainable features, and no apparent design system.
While the executives claimed this was their MVP, they were competing in a saturated market. …
Coming from an art school and design studio background, I had no idea what was in store for me when I moved back home to NYC. I had accepted a UX designer position at a fast growing startup. I was beyond ecstatic.
Everything was going great until the second designer on the team moved on to another company, leaving me as the sole creative. I had no one else to rely on except for the engineering department.
This was not going to be like working at a design studio anymore.
I was the only designer for three high performing teams…