How would you describe your job?
I’m a designer on the patterns team. Patterns are solutions to common design problems. I help collect and test these before publishing them as code and guidance that other designers can copy and follow.
What does a typical working day look like?
I work between 10am and 6pm. I usually have breakfast with my housemate George, who’s a freelancer. Then I travel from south London to our offices. If I get a seat on the train, I’ll build a HTML prototype or edit a blogpost. My time is typically broken down into two week blocks called sprints. In the first week you draft something and in the second week you test it with users.
I take turns with a software developer and a product manager making tea for the team. Typically my day is a mix of prototyping, commuting, meetings, planning and discussing design decisions with my team. Ideally there are more decisions and trying things out than the other things.
How did you land your current job?
I saw a meet-up about design and public services advertised on Twitter. I went along and got chatting to my now boss. We had met previously, when they came to talk to my masters course class. At the time they said we should “chat about jobs”, and I followed up with a few Twitter messages and emails. So a mix of luck, enthusiasm and paying attention I guess.