Maggie Bignell

Maggie Bignell

Designer/Student, Joined almost 9 years ago

  • 2 stories
  • Posted to Need inspiration for something else than design studios' websites..., Oct 23, 2014

    I still use sites like siteinspire, which, yes, are heavy on design studios and very edgy design. But they're useful to see new perspectives on the web and what design can do for it. Most dental and bakery sites that I see today are very simple, standard designs coming from wordpress themes and the like—siteinspire provides me with trends and new ideas branching away from those, and I just have to transfer the concepts and ideas to the needs of my client.

    1 point
  • Posted to Show DN: Post a link to your Portfolio, Sep 20, 2014

    Just just redesigned it and still working out kinks, would definitely love any feedback anyone has! Or if anyone knows how to get my font-deck type to stop blinking on load, that would be awesome...

    2 points
  • Posted to Ask DN: UX interview questions, Aug 18, 2014

    As someone currently interviewing, primarily for product design positions, some types of questions I've received and tips I've found useful. I don't know if you're asking from the interviewer or interviewee side, but hopefully my answers are helpful to someone!

    • "Talk us through a critique of this application." To be honest, this was one of my weaker experiences—you really need to make sure that you're talking about the product as a whole and the product mission. I can't be much help on the best practice for this, but maybe an interviewer/more experienced designer can weigh in.

    • "Here's a scenario. Design some screens of an application for it." The most important thing for these ones is to think out loud. They're trying to figure out the thought process behind your work and how you approach problems. These can be fun and terrifying at the same time.

    • As a followup to the previous question, after you design some screens, I've been asked to assess how I would test the application as well. What methods I would use, what I would use as a measure of success. This has also ranged from "you have three weeks and an unlimited budget" or "you have one day and no budget" scenarios.

    • "Tell me about what you want to do with design." I assume this comes from understanding your culture fit and whether your values align with that of the company.

    • "Tell me about your favorite project." I'll emphasize "favorite" here because that's actually the wording a lot of people have used with me. Again, it's a values thing, and they also want to see that you can confidently and eloquently talk about your work.

    • "Tell me something you might have changed in your project." Important to understand what still needs work and be able to see that in your own pieces.

    • "Tell me about a time you have failed." Similar to the standard "what's your weakness?" job interview question, but with an emphasis on a specific story. In these, I feel it's really about understanding how you recovered from that failure, or, if you didn't, how you might now that you've learned/improved/ etc.

    If anyone has any other input on these or disagrees with some of my assessments, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

    5 points
  • Posted to My online CV, Aug 09, 2014

    Love how happy/positive all of your work comes off, and the clean aesthetic.

    As Kevin mentions, I just got a sad face on mobile, and had no idea what I was missing, so I'd love some sort of message as to why it won't work/how to fix it. It was also making the DN iPhone app crash when I opened it.

    Again, though, great work, and best of luck with the job search!

    1 point
  • Posted to Show DN: I made a site to collect and share beautifully designed games on Amazon , Jul 29, 2014

    Interesting idea, and nice beginning!

    One thought: I would love if the photo didn't get covered when I moused over. It would be great to see the title and price just cover a portion on the top/bottom. Right now, I feel like I can't compare the price to the image since I can only see one at a time.

    0 points
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