Where does the majority of your work take place?
This is dependent on the project that you’re on. We work collaboratively at ustwo, which means that we need to be located with the team we’re working with. In some cases, this means bringing the client into our studio and giving them space, encouraging them to integrate as part of the team. In other cases, it means working offsite and integrating in the client’s existing team & space. I’m currently working with DeepMind so am based with them in Google’s building in Kings Cross. We make an effort to come back to ustwo one or two days a week to stay engaged in the studio culture and happenings.
How collaborative is your role?
Very much so. Both in our discipline team as designers, but also cross-discipline. We work closely with the technical team, product managers and clinicians to ensure that we have a holistic understanding of the solution that we are designing.
What are the most and least enjoyable aspects of your job?
The most enjoyable parts include being surrounded with like-minded people, who have become great friends, and working together every day. Having the opportunity to speak to users and hear about the impact that our work is having is also a highlight. Less enjoyable parts can be when you have a slow week. Sometimes after fast-paced working weeks, there’s less to do which may sound enjoyable, but can be quite frustrating and tiring.
What has been the most exciting project of the last twelve months?
Having the opportunity to work with DeepMind on Streams has been in incredible experience. I’ve been interested in healthcare for some time, but had always assumed that the ship had sailed and that it’d be too late to get involved, but this project has been an opportunity to learn about the work that clinicians do while being able to share our expertise to help design the best possible solutions. I’m resourced on this project as a UI designer, but have had the opportunity to contribute in other areas through the medium of research and strategy work.