My first 6 months as a Junior Designer at Code

June 9, 2021

We have a range of different types of designers, with specialists in Content, Product, Service, Brand, UX & UI, and we're always looking at keeping the right mix and developing peoples' skills in areas that are interesting for them and for our partners.

We asked our junior designer Sam a few questions on his path to Code, and experiences over the last six months since becoming part of our design team.

Can you talk us through your role as a junior designer?

I'm a Junior Designer, where I work alongside more experienced Designers, Researchers, Developers, Content Creators daily. As a Junior Designer, I help to create and improve the overall user experience of the products that we work on for our clients.

As well as getting the chance to work and collaborate with others, my role enables me to learn from more experienced colleagues, ask questions about how I can improve, seek feedback/advice and ask questions about working processes.

What was it about Code that attracted you to the role?

The company culture and its values are what attracted me to this role. When I was reading about Code, what they do and the kind of people they look for, a lot of things resonated with me. I value learning, always improving myself and collaborating.

Code had all of these to offer, and I was very intrigued by the opportunity of getting to work in multidisciplinary teams as I was learning about front-end development for most of last year alongside design to help me understand developers more.

Can you describe the onboarding process you've experienced?

I have had a great onboarding experience! Even though it has been remote, it hasn't stopped me from feeling welcomed by everybody. Everyone has been super helpful, they're always ready to answer any questions that I have had, give me advice, feedback and just talk about things other than work.

We have these introductory meetings called Brew Rounds and they were a great way of getting to meet colleagues and find out a little bit more about them.

How did you get into design?

I first came across design during university. There was a module I picked called new media where we mostly had assignments based on graphic design. For my final year project, I had to incorporate web design for the idea that I had, and that was where I came across the design industry for the first time.

I was using YouTube tutorials to learn the design software used to design sites, looking around for similar sites for inspiration and using sites such as Dribble and Pinterest to get an idea of how a good site should look.

At the time, I didn't even realise this would be what I would eventually get into as a career path. I didn't even know about UX and UI design until I got my mark back from my lecturer and read the feedback he gave, telling me I should consider a career in the design industry.

After that, I spent some time after graduating taking some short courses on UX design to get a better understanding of it and to make sure it was the right career path.

What have been the highlights of your first few months?

The highlight of my first few months has to be getting to take part in design sprints. The first time I was sitting in and observing how design sprints work, looking at the different types of activities people do during sprints and the types of people who get involved.

The second sprint I was more involved with, researching to find resources to take to the design sprint and getting stuck in with the activities. I got involved with idea generation too which helped me understand how to apply divergent and convergent thinking.

Another one of my highlights would be getting to talk about my first few months at Code during a company meeting. I made a presentation to talk people through how my first few months at Code were going and the things I had learned so far.

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