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NYC Design Lead at SuperHi Joined about 6 years ago
Thanks for asking! I’m not sure I fully understand your question. Are you asking the difference between designing courses vs. designing for clients?
Hmm, good question. I feel excited to come to work everyday because I believe in everything SuperHi is doing and am constantly being challenged and learning.
I also feel like everything I do has a real impact on SuperHi and can make a difference, and we’re able to test and improve. It’s a fun, encouraging environment to work in and yeah my team is a huge part of that! I’m not just designing something at a client’s will, that I’ll hand off and never touch again or get to test and see it grow.
Our student community too — they are so motivated and inspiring. They take our courses and go on to get cool jobs and make amazing sites. They believe in us and we believe in them.
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.
I’ve been listening to Tierra Whack, Childish Gambino, Drake, The Carters, and Ariana Grande lately.
All is revealed in this video from 1994. It's a nod to the early internet, where things were imperfect, experimental and fun.
I’d always wanted to work abroad, so when I found the opportunity to work in Chile I took it! I didn’t speak any Spanish before, took intensive Spanish classes my first 2 weeks there and was fluent enough to have most conversations at work and in social situations by 6 months. It helped that my boss spoke very little English!
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!
Where the design community meets.
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So when I was freelancing or at an agency, my design work was heavily influenced by the clients and stakeholders. We had research and discovery phases, but due to clients or limited resources I was often unable to dive into a truly iterative design process that included constant user feedback and testing.
At SuperHi, we build, launch and test constantly. We always listen to our students and the experiences they have with our courses, video tutorials and SuperHi editor, and we’re always working to improve things.
We design courses based on years of teaching experience from Rik and Lawrence, our existing courses and working to understand our students (and potential students) and what they want and need. It’s really rewarding and we’re constantly learning.