Mentoring is not simple. It takes time to learn. To help ensure our success, our VP of Design, Dom Goodrum met with the design leads on a regular basis to reflect on our experiences with mentoring. Over dinners, we discussed, shared tactics and learned how to improve. Mentoring the mentors was key.
The best projects for an Intern or Junior Product Designer are start to finish, relatively small in scale, and not on tight deadlines. Since the projects vary in size and importance, it was important for us to ensure the right projects were on the roadmap before we hired Intern and Junior Product Designers.
One of the most important things an Intern or Junior Product Designer can learn is design process. It’s all about helping them learn to solve a design problem from start to finish. At Percolate, we use the phrase “start to finish” because our Product Designers are expected to lead projects from the beginning to the end. Whether you’re an Intern or a Senior Designer, your project includes research, sketching, wire framing, prototyping, visual design and hand off to engineering.