Head of Design

Panjo is the Enthusiast Marketplace. People can buy, sell and talk about things that make them tick.

My responsibilities included design direction/leadership in all aspects including, UX/UI, branding, iOS app visuals, custom plugin look and feel, style guides, responsive wireframes, and mockups. The goal was to create an online marketplace, primarily targeting males who are enthusiasts, hobbyists, and collectors.

Hired to contribute in a very fast past startup environment. Collaborated directly with the Head of Product and CEO as we solved business problems by looking at data/analytics.

Challenges Solved

Small team

Although working in a fast paced startup environment was challenging at times it allowed me to work closely with the CEO. I really value everything I learned, such as: business development, deeper analytics, and financial cash flow.

Working with interns

It’s not always easy to dedicate time to train and guide another person and make sure they were growing as I had to juggle my own day to day activities. One of the ways I was able to facilitate this is by delegating more of my day to day work, so I could dedicate time to one on one mentoring.

Making sure I had great UX solutions daily/weekly

We worked in a weekly sprint schedule therefore it was very important that I understand what problems needed to be solved, the available data to guide solutions, and communicate openly with decision makers. Doing this allowed me to keep up with the developers momentum and we were able to push optimizations weekly to the product.

Design Sacrifices

Working in such a fast past agile environment, the developers didn’t always have the time they needed to implement everything the way I had it in my approved mocks. In these situations I made sure to have clear communication to accomplish the project successfully.

Meetings

At times I was overwhelmed with too many meetings. So I presented an idea to merge some of the meetings together which ended up working out really well. This helped me with focusing on my design work and not feeling as distracted.

Recent UX/UI Projects

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