As ‘creatives’, we’re often thought of as messy or disorganised. There is something about the concept of creativity that intuitively feels weird to bind up with order and structure. A cursory google backs up this idea, with plenty of articles intertwining creativity and disorder like strawberries and cream.
Picture the scene. I’m sitting at my kitchen table at home, trying to unenthusiastically spear a piece of chicken with my fork. I’m mid-impassioned rant to my girlfriend, fork now waving wildly in the air;
“And I didn’t even get a thank you!! Not even a tiny, measly thank you, after all the work I put into that. They just don’t care at all. I can’t take this anymore.”
Rewind a few hours. I had worked like crazy all week to deliver designs for an important presentation. I had poured every ounce of effort into making sure we hit the deadline, suffered through numerous changes as strategies leading up to the presentation shifted, and had one unhappy girlfriend who had been forced into living with a extremely grumpy zombie.
The presentation was now over, and though it had gone well, I was left feeling pretty upset. We’d delivered, well against the odds, a really important, time-intensive piece of work, yet nobody at work took the time to thank us for our efforts. In fact, the converse had happened – our manager had gotten all the credit and didn’t bat an eyelid.
The sad thing is, that I bet most of you can relate to this story. Feeling under-appreciated or not recognised for your efforts by your team, manager or wider company is a common theme that I hear again and again, and that I’ve personally experienced in multiple companies.
To recap: after three and a bit years working at the wonderful BBC, I’m stepping down as Creative Director for BBC Weather to embrace a new exciting opportunity to join the team at Facebook.
I have a huge swirl of emotions as I write this. Leaving the BBC, where I’ve been working for over 3 years, is definitely bittersweet. I’ve absolutely loved my time working at the BBC, thanks to the incredible team of people that Colin Burns, Chief Design Officer, has built out.
That’s just not some words. The quality and calibre of UX + design talent that you’ll find at the BBC is absolutely immense, and is paired with a design team culture thats friendly, open, collaborative and always looking to improve. Working with such smart, dedicated and passionate people day in day out has made me a better designer, manager and person.
I’d like to specifically call out Tamar Gur and Steve Gibbons (Heads of UX and Design) for being incredible mentors and role models for me, and the entire Weather team for being a fantastic group of people to work with. You’ve made the last few years a real joy.
The other thing I will really miss about the BBC is the types of projects and challenges that I’ve been privileged to work on. It’s a huge honour to be able to work on such an iconic British institution like BBC Weather. It’s been so exciting to be working in a product space that is so sewn into the fabric of our national identity and that very much affects the lives of millions of people in the UK (and abroad).
But, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. I’m keen to never get too comfortable in a job role and to continually explore and grow in my skills. And in this case, that meant a complete change.
Beginning this new chapter in my life with Facebook is something I’m very much looking forward to. I know that I’ll be learning and growing exponentially again, and that I’ll be exposed to new situations, people and challenges that I’ll have to get to grips with quickly.
And not only is this any old change, I’ll be joining a hugely exciting team and set of big challenges at Facebook. I was seriously impressed with the depth of ambition, scope of challenge and team culture that I was exposed to during my recruitment process at Facebook and I really can’t wait to get started!
So what does this all mean for I Am Not My Pixels?
A couple of people have asked whether I’ll still be continuing with this blog and updating my social media with behind the scenes looks into the life and practises of a design team. The answer to this is yes of course! In fact, I’m really excited to bring you guys along with me as my design processes and toolkits expand with exposure to a brand new team. So there is lots to look forward to!
Here’s to an exciting 2018! Let the wild ride commence!
NB: I was provided with access to this course so that I could review it but I’m under no obligation to say anything nice about it! The below is my honest thoughts.
2018 has now well and truly begun, and like me, you might’ve started to think about your career development goals for the coming year. One of my goals for 2018 was to understand which complementary skills I should learn more about that can enhance my core design toolkit.
CareerFoundry, a leading online course provider for UX, has recently launched a set of courses aimed at upskilling complementary skills for UX designers, rather than focusing specifically on teaching core UX skills. I was very excited about this as it can be really difficult to find learning materials that are written for designers who want to get a working knowledge on a subject but don’t necessarily want to become completely proficient.
Frontend development for designers is one of the first of these courses that CF has launched, for good reason. An understanding and working knowledge of frontend development is incredibly important for a designer to have, but is often only something that we pick up on the job or by reading things specifically targeted towards people learning to become frontend developers.
So after spending a few weeks test-driving the content and exercises, in this post I’ll be reviewing the course so that if you’re looking to upskill your frontend development knowledge in 2018, you’ll know if this course might be helpful for you! Lets dive in.
Last weekend, I spent my Saturday at a tech recruitment fair, Silicon Milkroundabout, meeting and talking to UX and UI designers who were searching for their next role. It was absolutely fantastic to meet so many talented designers, with bags of hustle and initiative.
BUT! There’s something that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about ever since. Here it is: