Another year is almost at its end, and I’m genuinely unsure where all the time this year has gone! Before 2018 disappears completely, I thought it’d be good to look back at some of my highlights from the year, and to talk a little bit about what I see ahead.
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!
Today I’m celebrating because this day marks the one year anniversary of I Am Not My Pixels!
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[UPDATE: Applications for 2017 are now closed. Thank you for your interest!]
I’m often asked why I set up this blog. The main reason, aside from “because its fun!”, is that I want to help people everywhere interested in UX and design by sharing my experiences along the way.
More recently, I’ve been mulling over how I can help people in a more direct way. I see people all the time looking for UX mentorship and I’d like to be able to offer my services in a way that is achievable for me. I also know that people new to UX often struggle filling up their portfolio with projects before bagging their first role.
So, that’s why I’ve decided to set up the I Am Not My Pixels UX internship programme.