Here is my final presentation:
Since this is a job and not a internship I will continue working for Quesbook after this class. I’m extremely proud that this is my job and I’m able to do what I love while doing it for an educational reason and help kids do such an important test in their lives. I’ve learned a lot throughout these 3 months with Quesbook. There have been many life, design and experience lessons that have been taught so far.
For my final evaluation, I would say that I’ve been doing an excellent job at Quesbook. I’ve done work in both UI Design and out of the field but that should be expected in a startup. There are too few people to figure out only their positions. I actually don’t mind having to go outside of UI Design. This experience helps me with being a better Product and Visual Designer which I’m both interested in a great amount. My co-workers are amazing and I’ve had excellent experiences with them. Overall I can see myself with the company long-term and hope for future success in the field.
There have been many projects where I have to work with others. Actually, I would say about 90% of my projects require some kind of communication with one of my coworkers. When designing a product there are three groups I have to work with, My Design Director, Product Manager and Developers. We have to constantly communicate to be able to accomplish a goal. Product work has a process that has to be done and when the process is done, I have to QA our products. When the work is not a product I still have to collaborate with the stakeholder of the certain marketing work. There is always someone to work with!
I have learned a lot about collaborating. I love being able to work with more people because more thoughts are brought to the table. Giving you more choices and ideas to create something. Just because some of the people I work have no creative backgrounds, does not mean they don’t have good ideas. When you have a collection of ideas it’s easier to come up with a great solution for a problem.
The day in the life of a UI Designer at Quesbook. Work as a UI designer for Quesbook has been wonderful in this far in. I’ve been working here for almost 2 months and I’ve completed many different projects. I would consider myself doing many different visual jobs. I’ve done a lot of Product and Marketing design work and I love it.
My day starts with emails and Jira tickets. Jira is our agile development software. We use it to track all assignments and task that have to be done. This allows for an easy flow of communication between designers, developers, and product managers. Then I have meetings with my design director on what has to be worked on for the week. There are many discussions and how we will fit in some research in our workflow. User interviews are part of our daily routine, depending on the day.
One of the many things I wanted to learn about was the 401K my company has to offer. I lacked knowledge of 401k before my job and wanted to know what exactly 401k does for me. There were many results. I had a lot to think about and mostly how much I wanted to put into this retirement fund. Picking an amount can be difficult due to the fact that it’s difficult to think about the future when I’m 65 years old.
I learned a lot and my company offered a decent 401k plan. I attended a webinar provided by my company. We were allowed to ask questions to the instructor and everything. The experience was great and I learned a lot. They even personally went through with me what exactly I’ll have in my account if I put a certain amount in the account. This was a great learning experience and taught me a lot of my 401k. There were many things like I had to be employed for 3 months to be in the companies 401k plan. I learned in other companies they usually ask for a year of employment, so this was a great deal on my end.
The following weeks is my last weeks to choose which benefits I would like to receive from the company. There were many different health insurances to choose from. There were many different options for all types of insurances and the choices were a bit overwhelming. This was due to the fact that this was the first time I ever had to experience choosing health insurance for myself. The experience was new and there was a lot to learn.
What I learned about the process, was that you have to take your time. There was many days of research and being careful of what I choose since I learned you will be trapped in the contract with the insurance till your next contract renewal. I knew that I wanted insurance for sure to be safe and secure my health. Not only did I have to research health, but I also had to research dental, vision, life and even commuter benefits! I ended up going with insurance with no deductibles, because that’s what made the most sense for my current health status. I also chose a life insurance and claimed it to my mother.
After a week for working for the company, I think I have a fair understanding of the culture. Everyone Director respects each others works and always communicates among the goals of the company. This was a great source of communication. The company is very casual among clothes. The departments that dress a bit more formal will be the business side.
My office is open work area and everyone is in close quarters to speak and grab each other for any questions if there may be one. The office is beautiful and offers many different services. They use a WeWork office for their space. WeWork is a incredible company when it comes to office space. Its beautiful and makes the vibe good. Everything from the kitchen to the bathroom are just beautiful interior designs. There is even a small common store in the office! Our typical hours is a choice among us. We either get to choose 9-6 or 7-10. We get one hour of unpaid lunch.
Everyone is kind to each other and the office is pretty laid back. We all respect each other and have one goal in mind, to improve the company. Everyones super excited for launch and attempting to make SAT/ACT experience better for students.
It’s been a week since I started working for Quesbook. This week has been great and very productive. I’m the Junior UI Designer for Quesbook. My job is to design the interface for their SAT/ACT prepping website. I also do other interface designs such as designing their triggered emails when a new user registers and other actions within the website. I’m also designing their new branding language and contributing to a interface library for future uses.
My supervisor is Silvia, she’s the Art Director for Quesbook. I came across this position while looking for a job. I knew I wanted to jump into a UI Design job and seeing Quesbook have a listing for a Junior position and expect 0-3 years experience was a great opportunity for me to jump into the field. When reading the description it was clear that I had the skill sets they were looking for.
The process was both short and long. It took me 2 weeks to get hired but the interviews were long. I had one phone interview which lasted 10-20min. Here I was assigned a UI design assignment to test my skills. The topic was interesting. I had to design a UI for a movie ticketing website. Making it easy and efficient for users to buy movie tickets. It also had to have a beautiful UI design. The in-person interview was long. I had a interview with the Art Director, Recruitment Director and CEO. I also had to present my project in front of their Art/Marketing and Business Director. The interviews with each person lasted a while and it took a total of 3 hours. I got the job offer the Friday before Labor day. That was 4 days after my interview.
During the interview I was asked many different questions. Since I presented my UI design it seemed like they were less curious if I had the skills and more interested in my personality. I was asked questions about my passions and why they should choose me. The questions were related to communications and my interest in the design field. They were curious to figure me out as a person.
I was recently hired by Quesbook to be their Junior UI Designer. It has been a honor to get the job and I feel very grateful. The process took about 2 weeks and I went through many interviews. It took me 1 phone interview and 3 in-person interviews with the Art Director, Recruit Director and CEO of the company. I was very nervous, but I enjoyed it after the 3 hour long process. I felt confident that I had a high possibility to get the job and I ended up landing it.
Let me tell you a bit about Quesbook. The company is privately owned by Chinese Investors. The companies primary business is to make SAT/ACT prep affordable for students and allow great results. The company is located in a WeWork office located across the street from Grand Central Station. The company has 11 employees in NYC and more in China. Their main clients would be highschool students who are trying to prepare themselves to take the SAT/ACT test. The company was founded in 2014 by a Chinese investor who’s child was struggling to find sources to prepare themselves for the SAT/ACT. They wanted to get prepared and come get a college education in the USA.
I work for their design department. The company is a start up and has no recent news about it.
Graphic Principles, what is Graphic Principles? When first entering the class, my expectations were different from what the results were. When thinking about graphic design, I thought everything would be done on the computer. Which made me think the class would be taught on the computer as well. I thought the class would be based on the Adobe programs. Which is wasn’t. When first reading the list of tools for the class, I came to the realization that we would be doing it on paper. Which wasn’t all that bad since it will teach us where it all started.
During first few weeks of the class, I learned many things. We learned the basics of graphic principles. This will lead to me learning how to get the right sizing and space. These two are important aspects of design. For a perfect design you must have perfect sizing and spacing. Margins and actual size of an image have to be perfect for it to work. We would learn many things such as patterns and colors. Assignments such as two tones grey scales, would teach us how to pick the right amount of two colors to work together. Colors are important when it comes to design, you want the colors to work so that your audience so that they enjoy your work.
Towards the end of the semester the assignments became more complicated. We would have to put all the elements we’ve learned through out the semester into one narrative piece. All the material I’ve learned throughout the year such as spacing, sizing, color and much more would be put into a narative piece. When working on the final project, I put all I’ve learned into it. Getting the size and margins right so that it works and making the colors work together.
The end of the semester is almost near, and I’ve learned a lot. My expectations towards the class, was different from the results. The results were completely different, but they were also positive. Learning many things that technology couldn’t really teach you. Getting hands on with the shapes and colors was a different experience than being on the computer. They are the same elements to learn but a different experience. I can see the class have a positive output on my future and how I look at graphic design in the future. All my senses of design will be improved cause of this course.