Where are you now working, and what is your job title?
I work at OUTFITTERY in Berlin as Senior Product Designer.
Tell us briefly about your company. What do they specialize in? What does your team look like?
OUTFITTERY is the biggest online personal shopping service for men in Europe. We have over 130 personal stylists.
Tell us briefly about your job
I work closely with the UX designer and the developers to implement and redesign the digital experience (the website and app).
What did you do professionally before you started at DESIGNATION? And where did you live?
I worked as a photographer and art director for the previous 6 years. I lived in Paris, London and Luxembourg before that.
How did you hear about DESIGNATION? And why did you decide to attend?
I was browsing online for a digital design bootcamp, but most only focused on UX. I really wanted to get better in UI, so I chose DESIGNATION.
What was your favorite part of the DESIGNATION experience?
Working with real life clients.
What did you find was the most useful skill, tool, or experience from your time in the program?
Learning to work in a team. After working as a freelancer and running my own magazine, I didn’t have much experience in working with people other than clients. I think the most difficult part in any line of work is being able to communicate well with colleagues.
“This might sound counterintuitive, but don’t hang out only with designers. Hang out with people from different backgrounds, industries, nationalities and beliefs. Being confronted with different thoughts and behaviors really helps you design better products. “
How did you stand out from the competition in applying for, interviewing for, or getting this job?
Probably my background in photography and art direction. I always wanted to work at a startup and always had side projects related to the startup world. I started a print and online magazine that focused on entrepreneurship and creativity, and interviewed over 100 entrepreneurs in the last five years. I think side projects are a great way to stand out; they show you’re really passionate about something and not just there for the pay.
What’s your favorite thing about being a professional designer now?
I get to do what I love every single day, and get paid on top of that. Even though it’s not always easy every day, I’m pretty happy I made the decision to switch careers.
What advice can you give to someone trying to start in the design industry?
This might sound counterintuitive, but don’t hang out only with designers. Hang out with people from different backgrounds, industries, nationalities and beliefs. Being confronted with different thoughts and behaviors really helps you design better products.