How I Work
Working with developers
Building relationships while making software
Creating a strong relationship with the developers that I work with is very important to me. That relationship, in my experience, can really help to smooth over any small bumps that may show up throughout the process.
On the DASH project I worked with many developers but I was paired with one developer in particular. One of the first things that we did before our project started was to grab a conference room and start to learn a bit about each other. We talked about past experiences and skills and tried to get an understanding of each others workflow.
After identifying each of our strengths and weaknesses we both felt more prepared to work on a team together for the first time. We worked closely in an agile process trying to anticipate each others next steps. This proved to be extremely successful for both the developer and myself and I look forward to more opportunities like this.
Visual Design Meeting
During my time at General Dynamics C4 Systems | Viz I picked up the responsibility of running the visual design meetings every month.
Finding the time to get everyone together for a meeting is typically the most challenging part. But, when we get together we really benefit from the conversation and ideation. The topics varied for the meetings and were sometimes chosen by me and at times an aggregate of topics that the visual design group was interested in. Some topics that were front and center during our meetings were aesthetics, web fonts, Tesla Motors Hyperloop and Audi OLED Swarm technology.
Example presentations for a meeting.