Inside Crossover: a Q&A with Designer Viviane Gon

Meet Viviane. She’s a visual designer at Crossover.

Viviane was looking for a job where she could combine work with travel and found the perfect fit in Crossover. Although she’s based in Brazil, she has the flexibility to spend time in cities like Amsterdam and New York for part of the year. She lends more than a decade of experience to supporting design projects for Crossover’s websites and apps.

Here, Viviane gives us an insider’s perspective of working on a remote team and shares her tips for staying focused, productive, and connected with co-workers.

What is your approach to design?

I chase simple solutions to complex problems. I’m a problem solver. I’m keen to contribute my time and creativity to projects that hold true value, creating interfaces that help people and, most of all, are great to use!

What are some of your day-to-day work activities?

I work on the WorkSmart project [Crossover’s productivity and time-tracking app]. I also design ads for RideAustin [a sister company of Crossover], newspaper and magazine ads, street signs, swag, digital banners, car magnets, promo cards — all of the promotional materials for the app.

What does your work setup look like?

I usually work from home, but I spend some time working in a co-working space and there’s also a Google campus in São Paulo that is a great place where I like to work sometimes.

What’s the best thing about working at Crossover?

The whole Crossover team is made up of great, fun people who are always open to help you. I always learn a lot about other cultures and other countries. . . . And I’m working with the best professionals, which is helping my career, too!

Do you have any techniques or habits that help you stay productive?

I tried the Pomodoro technique for some time; it worked fine. Lately, I’m trying to focus for one or two hours and take a break and then focus again.

What are some of the challenges of working remotely, and how do you deal with them?

Sometimes I miss talking to other people, but I can easily solve this by going to a co-working space or Google campus.

How do you stay connected with your teammates?

We stay connected all the time via Slack and Skype and even email. Communication is not a problem at all.

What advice would you give someone thinking about applying for a position at Crossover?

I’d say, “Go ahead!” You will have your skills tested and need to show you’re really qualified for the role. Our tests are not easy, because you really have to be good to pass, but the effort is worthwhile.