A New Adventure
About a month ago I did something I never expected, I took a risk, and quit my day job at Marketing Ideas For Printers (for those who don’t know, I do photography and freelance design as my second job). I’ve never been much of a risk-taker, so the thought of leaving behind the stability I spent almost four years building terrified me, but I’m here to say it was all worth it in the end.
Before coming to CoSchedule (CoS), I spent months brooding, knowing something was off at MI4P, but I could never quite put my finger on the culprit. I brushed intuition aside and kept on working until one day I opened my email during breakfast, and there was a message from CoS wondering if I was interested in joining their UI/UX team as a product designer. That simple email kick-started an entire season of change for the Nelson household. I met with Shannon (the Product Design Director at CoS and fellow dog-mom) to find out more about the UI position available to see if it was a good fit for me. We talked about my past work experience, my goals for the future, our doggos, and what it’s like to work at CoS. Spoiler alert- it was, and it is everything I was hoping it would be.
After that meeting, it was clear something had to change. We decided to push forward with the interview process at Cos, which was grueling but awesome, and I had a week to take a UI concept from the wireframing stage through to the final high-fidelity mockups. That’s a lot of ground to cover in one week, especially during my busiest season, but it was the most fun I have had working on a UI project in a long time.
Here is a sample of the product I turned in:
The goal of this project was to create a full brand identity and a mobile application for a product focused on task management and completion. Because I had some prior experience working on UI that had similar requirements, I knew CoS was asking for more than what was written in the brief. Not only did they want to see task creation, but I know they’d want to see login screens, team interactions, conversations, task completion messages, warnings, permissions, etc.
Swipely was created to not only help manage your tasks but to also eliminate the need for external communications and team management- everything is done right in the app. Swipely also features an intuitive calendar feature which lets you see upcoming tasks that are assigned to you, and the status of the project you’re working on with a simple swipe.
Fast forward to today, I’ve been part of the CoS culture for a few weeks, and I’m already diving head first into projects, HTML/CSS classes, and becoming part of the living and thriving culture here at CoS. The atmosphere is light, airy, clean, sleek and most of all friendly. Plus, who doesn’t love free coffee?
PSA: Of course I’m still taking on freelance clients and pursuing my passion of photography just as I always have. 😀