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Looking for something new.

Rebecca Lam

It's been a while since I've written a blog post but I've been thinking about this one for a while as I've spent the last few months actively looking for new opportunities and reflecting on how my career path has changed. 

In July, I left my job of nearly 2 years. It was an easy decision an environment that I felt to be increasingly toxic. My experience there, however, did give me absolute clarity in knowing what I was looking for in my next role –  collaborative, supportive team, and work that would impact people's everyday lives. In the weeks proceeding, I thought it would be easy to find another job as a senior designer. I was wrong. 

First of all, 3-4 years ago, I would never have met with a recruiter, having a reputation for having unethical practices and too proud to ask for a helping hand. But I was looking for contacts so decided to meet with a few of them. All the ones that I did meet up with were lovely and only put me forward for jobs that were suitable. But even then, the process took longer than expected.

I sent a lot of prospecting emails, met with a lot of recruiters and went for a lot of interviews. In the interim, I took on some freelance work where I met some great teams and clients but the work itself hollow. In the past few years, I also feel that design has become more specialised. App design wasn't even a thing when I was at university. I have been a brand designer, a graphic designer, a web designer, a digital designer, you name it. But I wanted to push myself more in UI design and had some experience in the field but not a whole lot. It became debilitating knowing that I was a good designer with a great work ethic and no job. In the end, what kept me going was not letting myself settle for ANY design job. 

In the end, the best interviews I did where the ones where they saw beyond just the level of experience but could see the enthusiasm and hunger I had for learning and recognised that design skills are transferable across media and device. 

I've since found a role that I'm excited about and the new challenges they present and glad I stuck it out and waited. 

If you have other design job hunting experiences, I would love to hear them. 

 

Happy Mother's Day!

Rebecca Lam

It's been a while since I've posted, but I saw this poster on a shopfront last week and thought it was the cutest. But only because it's a Mother's Day poster and not one for flying lessons. (The Art of Looking Sideways reference).

The love heart exclamation mark, the sometimes-outlined-letters - such attention to detail. 

Sydney Airport Train

Rebecca Lam

Every evening, I see this billboard ad Town Hall station and every time I find it so painful to look at. Gradients! Helvetica! Sydney! Plane!

So in the half hour that I had spare before leaving the house, I'm putting forward my proposal - that strips the messaging to its bare minimum because I think that's all it needed to be – informative and clear. 

Molamil - refreshing portfolio

Rebecca Lam

It's often hard to come across new ways of presenting your projects and portfolio online. It's even harder to present them in a unifying aesthetic. Especially in the digital world, showing your work on phones and screens (to which I am guilty of) get repetitive. I think Huge do this really well on the website, using their H as a window. 

Another site that I've just come across is Molamil. Their repeated graphical patterns using elements from the projects, set against a punchy coloured background is refreshing and beautiful. 


On another note, their menu/stamp gives their own personal touch to the standard hamburger menu. 

Three simple dots

Rebecca Lam

The below animation video from Asana is really a stand-out in execution, showing just how expressive three little dots can be. Oh! How ever so lightly they bounce and glide! And the perfectly timed chimes! 

GIFs as transitions

Rebecca Lam

I'm currently at a point in my career where I am really excited by digital design, by its fast-moving nature and its many unknown possibilities. Nine years ago when I first started university, apps weren't even around. As such, my tertiary education had a very strong print focus.

The bridge between print and digital design is where I like to sit because I do genuinely love designing for both. Although the design basics are the same across both, there are different things you have to take into account in digital design. One of those things is transitions between screens and between elements, which aid in learning interactivity as well as adding to a sense of delight to the user experience.

The reason I bring this up is because Marvel have recently posted a blog that I really liked about using gifs like this and this in prototype animations. A lot of the prototyping tools out there such as Marvel and Invision allow for basic transitions between screens but not within. I was also recently asked to use Flash to help developers understand the kind of animations I wanted on an interface. Except I've never needed to used Flash throughout my career so far. So I think gifs are a simple an accessible way (for designers) to be able to communicate these ideas earlier on in the process.