/ Review

Mid-November + December 2017 Review

Clients

Welzijnszorg

Homepage

Good brand identity here, easy to play with colours and interesting typography.
๐Ÿ‘‰ Welzijnszorg homepage (InVision)

Make-A-Wish

Homepage

Good style guide and I'm happy about the collaboration that went well.
๐Ÿ‘‰ Bake-A-Wish homepage (InVision)

Bednet

Homepage

Trusting client asking advices and listening, love them.
๐Ÿ‘‰ Bednet homepage (InVision)

Being Human

Header & footer

I designed the header and footer based on their logo. Went smooooth โ˜๏ธ
๐Ÿ‘‰ Being Human header + footer (InVision)

CNCD 11.11.11

Homepage

Still waiting for a last round of feedback but almost ready to go in development ๐Ÿค˜
๐Ÿ‘‰ CNCD | 11.11.11 homepage (InVision)

Greenpeace

Header & footer

Greenpeace has ordered a general platform for their activities and needs tailored header and footer. Still waiting for their feedback on the two screens I designed.
๐Ÿ‘‰ CNCD | 11.11.11 homepage (InVision)

Gastvrije gemeente

Header & footer

Vluchtelingenwerk Vlaanderen wants custom header and footer that are indistinguishable from their own website.


Product

New features

MyKoalect

A lot can be said about MyKoalect already. After choosing the wrong focus (content management system) I'm now working on the setup and campaigns first. I started the wireframing phase alongside the research for building a strong design system. This system should be robust enough to allow future elements we don't have tought about yet to be added to it later as well as all current assets to make sense together.

Improvements

Profile

I'm meeting Alexandre, the lawyer, about GDPR to see if what we did matches the law ๐Ÿคž
https://projects.invisionapp.com/d/#/projects/prototypes/12081945

Payment page

Our not mobile-friendly payment page has now a much more kind little brother ๐Ÿ‘Œ
https://invis.io/6YF11ELF7#/270047481_Mobile


Miscellaneous

Translations

Translations from Dutch and English to French for email, copy, content,...

Founderization

Since the beginning of Koalect, Lloyd and Max have been taking the role of true founders. As Koalect grows, I'm feeling the need to bring my role closer to theirs is becomming more and more necessary. This is also a part of my job I have to integrate in my day-to-day work: not only to think about design and UX but to go even further and to take the lead on the product as well as other aspects of running a business like ours.

I already started by attending meetings, trying to get more involved in daily decisions and creating a product roadmap I'll be responsible for.


Process

Design wall is back ๐Ÿ’ƒ

Moving offices brang back the design wall that I started behind my desk. The whole team can have a lock at it going to the kitchen. Or the bathroom.

Product roadmap

We started a product roadmap for two reasons. First one is because nobody was in charge of the evolution of the product itself so depending on what needed to be done, either Max, Laure or myself would be responsible. The second reason is to relieve Laure of the burden it is to manage clients AND product improvements. From now on, when a feature is requested or needs to be reviewed the responsibility is on me. This doesn't mean I'll be the one managing everything, I'm still counting on each one of you to take the lead on specific things but I'd be the person in charge to follow your work related to the product.


Events

Calendrier Digital

Namur โ€” December 5th
I was invited as a speaker for Calendrier Digital in Namur by Dhouha to talk about Koalect, our social goals and my own journey as a designer and founder. The event was broadcasted through a Facebook Live and I met very interesting people there.


Learning

Tools

  • Adobe XD
    I gave Adobe XD another try and it seems like they're updating the product quickly. This is good because it is a tool I could now use for rapid prototyping.

Writing

Last month-and-a-half wasn't productive in writing. I wrote basically nothing work-related ๐Ÿ˜จ

Reading

Books

  • Design systems by Alla Kholmatova
  • Better Web Typography for a Better Web be Matej Latin

Articles

Watching

Listening


Side-projects

HEAJ

As you know I'll be teaching at the school I went to to learn design. I'm giving a course around research in design and I've been documenting myself for the last month. I'm counting on preparing the lessons in the coming days as I'm giving them one day a week for three weeks from February 5th.

Ourson

I don't know if you saw that but I made a video in which I'm recording myself talking about music released that same week. This is not a simple experience at all, even quite uncomfortable, but I learned a lot with that first try that it's worth it.
Next thing I'll give a try is podcasting. Instead of a video which was very stressful to make, I think a podcast is kind of in between a video and an article. It's also less time-consuming I guess and it makes more sense for that kind of information to be shared.


Coming next

  • Crowdsourcing module
  • Project & org settings
  • Navigation
  • Analytics

Conclusion

This was quite an intense month-and-a-half as I shipped more client than ever that timeframe, I started to work on the biggest project I've ever had and I began to take more and more responsability around Koalect.

To improve ๐Ÿ“ˆ

I wanted to improve two things in the last review meeting: design/development collaboration and my UI design skills. Well I think I achieved it mostly. Of course I'm still doing better at both so it'll never be 100% perfect but those are not issues anymore.

Managing my time

Today I can divide my job at Koalect in three parts: product design, client design and product management. The "product-morning/client-afternoon" was great but I need to go further now if I want to be successful at holding a roadmap. I'm thinking about a more complex routine with the same idea of keeping product mornings and client afternoons but taking one hour a day to manage the product and make the point with people involved.

Leadership

I'm not a natural leader, rather I feel more like a lone wolf doing my own thing but willing to work with others in order to achieve something bigger. I love flat structure at work where everyone feels motivated. Nobody wants a boring manager breathing in their neck but in order to reach that culture we need to be aware of what it takes. Each time someone sighs answering a question, each time someone underestimates another's task, each time someone doesn't follow up on something agreed are bringing us closer to an annoying workplace where managers will become a need.

I do want to avoid that and I'll do my best to show my own motivation, my willingness to work with our team and to empower everyone in their own job. This is not leadership as nobody will follow my guidance but this is my own way to lead the team from the bottom.