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:
Facilitating communication between teams, I developed effective strategies to explain design impact. This lesson drove positive progress aligning with the company's vision and benefiting 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:
The challenge lies in transforming a robust platform like Photoshop and Google Drive into a user-friendly tool for teachers. I've mastered simplifying complexity while retaining powerful features, crafting prototypes aligning with Pencil's branding. This balance honed my understanding of user interactions in our platform.I grew to process complexity and thrive in it to improve products.