Throughout my work in Pencil, I have worked cross-functionally with teams, solving our main design issue with many others. In reflection, I realize my growth as a designer through these three key lessons defined from the experience:
Honing the design’s value and intent:
Communicating between teams means that I have to develop strategies to explain how the design was effective. The impact of this lesson helped me push progress affecting the company’s vision positively and towards the users.
I grew to constantly communicate and put bias aside towards the user's goals.
Exploration of the ambitious environment to draw out unique insights:
Being ambitious and always finding new ways to solve the problem is one of the core aspects of a startup. Staying curious for different approaches means we can differentiate our business value from competitors. Combined with a holistic view into the design system, constantly refining unique results has also generated real value for users.
I grew to constantly question and seek to innovate solutions - generating improvements.
Developing complex platforms and systems:
One core challenge is that Pencil is aiming to make a powerful platform (Think Photoshop, Google Drive, and more combined) into a processable product for teachers and educators. I’ve learned to reduce complexity but still allow for powerful functionality - creating production ready prototypes and mocks consistent with branding and other products in Pencil’s system. Overall, this balancing act helped me develop a finer observation into each interaction and experience within our platform.
I grew to process complexity and thrive in it to improve products.