AMA Design Lead Milan Moffatt from SuperHi

over 4 years ago from Milan Moffatt, Design Lead at SuperHi

  • fsdgerh wrheherfsdgerh wrheher, over 4 years ago

    Greetings Milan,

    Firstly-just wanted to thank you for taking time out of your day to do this AMA, it means a ton!

    I remember when I first came across SuperHi, there was this sense of "these people get it". The tutorials were, to me, things I wanted to learn as a designer stepping into the digital space. Coming from a graphic design background, it can be difficult to take a more typical approach to learning web development without losing your personal aesthetic a bit. I believe giving the power to the individual to development their own site, instead of using a WYSIWYG editor-really opens the web to being a lot visually interesting.

    Was it a concentrated effort by SuperHi to feel like a "for designers, by designers" sort of web development tutorial site? The tutorials feel so honed in what those needs are.

    ☀️ I also wanted to throw a link to the SuperHi Women + Non-Binary Scholarship opportunity currently going on! ☀️

    5 points
    • Milan Moffatt, over 4 years ago

      Hi Spenser,

      Thanks! Happy to be here.

      Yeah, I think everyone on the SuperHi team aligns in that we value design and view coding as a creative tool. Our founder Rik is a developer and teacher, but has always had a keen eye for design. SuperHi from the beginning was intended to be design-oriented and for the creative industry specifically, and that is what sets us apart from other ways to learn how to code online.

      I was a big fan of SuperHi before I started working here because of that. I took the Foundation course and immediately realized it's value for designers -- I love that our students can request tutorials for cool things they've seen on the web, and Rik and Lawrence de-mystify how they're made in an accessible way!

      4 points
      • fsdgerh wrheherfsdgerh wrheher, over 4 years ago

        I think that value really comes through in all aspects!

        A few more questions:

        1. Do you ever find yourself feeling "spread too thin" working on so many different aspects of SuperHi? How do you juggle so many different roles? I've worked at agencies where you're sort of expected to take on anything that needs to get done for a project, but sometimes I wish I could just focus on one part of the puzzle.

        2. What are some of your current fav tunes?

        3. What is the origin of the name SuperHi?

        3 points
        • Milan Moffatt, over 4 years ago
          1. I’ve juggled a lot of different things in the past year for sure! I’ve learned to prioritize and not work on too many different things in any given day or week. Every sprint, I typically focus on 1-2 main goals (e.g. creating a UX Design mini-course) and handle other smaller design tasks on the side. We’ve refined our processes a lot in the past year, and that’s helped us all manage our projects and goals. We work in sprints and establish individual and team goals in a kickoff meeting. We all manage our own tasks and schedules, and work together to get things done. Establishing process is important to us as a remote team and I’ve gotten good at planning and project management. We also hired the fabulous and amazing Kristen recently, so it’s great having another designer to work with.

          2. I’ve been listening to Tierra Whack, Childish Gambino, Drake, The Carters, and Ariana Grande lately.

          3. All is revealed in this video from 1994. It's a nod to the early internet, where things were imperfect, experimental and fun.

          2 points