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So Trello with "data"?
As someone who's done just this—and looking to replicate in the near future with a new startup (hit me up)—I agree with these sentiments.
TLDR; it's super rewarding, exhausting and annoying all at once. You have to be prepared to have your own opinions and stand up for them, but also be a team player and learn how to coach both other designers as the company grows, and non-designers too.
Oooh, so you mean Designer News?
For me, an online portfolio wasn't that important. I haven't had one actively for... 5 years? In the early days, it worked out to have one, but as my career advanced, it didn't matter as much as the people I was connected with. And even then, sometimes it was just fate.
1st job — Graphic Designer at a small print shop back home, left after 6 months to go to college
2nd job — intern for a competitive intelligence company doing a lot of Flash work - 6 months
3rd job — Design Intern at AOL, teacher in college suggested I do it because she thought I was one of the better students in class (we had a lot of people who just didn't try/care at my college) - that lasted about a year and a half, with a 3 month break in between
4th job — Graphic + Web Designer for a consulting firm — the internship didn't have availability for fulltime work post college, so I had to take what I could find at the time, with little connection - 8 months
5th job — Designer at AOL — they found my resume in their internal recruiting office and there was an opening in another department, worked with UX architects, business and my creative director on Shopping related websites - 1 year, laid off whole department
(portfolio goes inactive)
6th job — Contract work for RCN — had a hard time finding work out in suburbia Virginia, worked as only Web Designer reporting to Head of Marketing for rcn.com. It was brutal. - 8 months.
7th job — Interactive Designer, small agency — former AOL boss reached out to me about a position at a 40 person agency in Alexandria, VA. Started as a UX Associate to get in the door, was promoted to Interactive Designer after 4 months. First time really working with UX in mind, very intriguing game changer for me - 11 months.
(start using Dribbble)
8th job — Senior Designer, smaller agency — nclud was a resource my previous job used from time to time; they reached out, their work was more interesting and gave me the flexibility to own it (hate working for large companies) - 1 year, 5 months
Ours are focused across the initiatives of the company. We used to prescribe them more specifically to feature launches, but found that given unknowns our timelines were almost always off and as a result OKRs were almost never achieved.
As a result, we now focus mostly on metrics like:
On an individual contributor level (because those are only half of the design team OKRs, and we are multi-functional, assisting with business, marketing and product) my team has:
I'm partial to ours.
Thanks for the comment Dan — that bug was previously filed and looks like it was overlooked at the last moment.
The design team at TrackMaven has been working hard on this one. We have plenty of new things in our backlog but for the time being, we're happy to have it out in the world! Front-end dev work by Wade Hammes and Marcus Relacion, illustrations by Blake Wilton, and design by Blake and myself. You can also check us out on dribbble.com/trackmaven
Hey Andy! My company TrackMaven, an analytics platform for content marketers, is experiencing ridiculous growth and we're looking to bring on another front end dev. This role reports to me, the head of Design, so I'm looking for someone with an eye for a design, a passion for UX and the skill of code. Check out trackmaven.com/careers for more info on the role!
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