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London Product Designer @ ScreenCloud Joined over 3 years ago
I think there are two sides to the problem:
1. The platform itself is poorly designed. I don't know what the infrastructure of a healthy community is supposed to look like, but this is not it. The lack of a downvote button, the lack of a more complex system of categories to attract different types of conversations and users, the lack of clear rules for the type of content to post in each category and moderators to properly enforce it are all possible candidates. I think the structure of the platform itself is enforcing the sort of behaviour we see - it's too simple for the size and expectations its users have. It's closer to Sidebar or WebDesignernews (both newsletters, not communities).
2. We suck. While I understand that we're all busy and we have different skill levels, work in different industries and different fields, nobody ever cares to engage with the few people who ask for advice or critique (a critique section was asked for a million times and is another example of poor platform design, but it doesn't really stop anyone from sharing critique with those fewer and fewer designers asking for it), people looking to get advice on work problems or design choices or generally do anything other than discuss the latest Sketch update, latest design tool fad or sharing their dribbble shot. We can pretend all we want, design has not evolved into the mature field it could have been and the people practicing it today aren't helping.
Hey, would you be willing to go into more detail about the problems you faced, so others can maybe learn from them? For the record, I think the design gave it a good shot and does some things right, but for a platform as complex as Jira, it wasn't enough.
Thank you, I'll keep that in mind. I'm happy with my current job at the moment, but it always helps knowing where (or how) to look.
Really? Where did you find them? When I was looking for a job I considered Copenhagen (I agree, it's awesome), but I couldn't find any jobs. Just one startup who ended up not being interested.
Makes sense. To me it always seemed like the UK is the closest thing to the US in Europe. They are not nearly as socialist as say France or the nordic countries, much more heavily focused on work and profits. Don't get me wrong, I think things are not nearly as extreme as they are in the US, but still not quite the same attitude you'd find in Europe.
Why'd you leave the US? I've never been but aside from it being an awful place to live, I would have thought there are a lot more opportunities there - I mean that's where all the money is, where all the big names are.
So you are not originally from Europe? If you have a EU passport, the Brexit deal (as it stands today) is that for as long as you are in the UK when the deadline hits, nothing will change for you and you will have 5 years to get citizenship (same as before). If you leave or come after the deadline, you will be subject to regular immigration rules.
In Romania it depends on what sort of company you work for (i.e. who their clients are). If it's a Romanian agency serving Romanian clients, they'll pay Eastern salaries. If it's a Western company, they'll pay a lot more (though clearly not as much as salaries in London or Paris for example, they are there to save money after all). I mostly know about developers though, I don't personally know any designer in Romania. The guys who made this campaign might be able to tell you that.
Romanian culture and British culture are pretty different however, so if you feel more at home here, London would be your best bet. I found salaries here are proportional to the living costs and there is a huge concentration of companies.
London is where it's in terms of opportunities in my opinion, but as far as actually living here, it's not nearly as nice as France.
Romania has its advantages too, while the design sector is really underdeveloped (like most of the country), we have really good Computer Science schools, which produce good developers, which attract a lot of big foreign companies like Amazon or MS (though not in Brasov to my knowledge, the hubs are Bucharest or Iasi). This means that if you can find a good company to hire you and pay a western salary, you can live like a king. Romanian culture shares some similarities with French culture, we used to have a thing for copying everything you do in the 19th century, so you might feel more at home than say in the UK. But again, it's not the most developed place in Europe.
How are you finding Paris though?
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