How I got started at FD
When I was still working at the ANWB I was already looking for a next project to take on after ANWB was finished. While searching I came across a job offer from het Financieele dagblad (FD) - which is the Dutch financial newspaper (off- & online).
I sent out my application and got an invitation to talk to the team. While this interview went quite good we found out in the middle that FD wasn't looking for a freelance UX designer. So we ended the interview and I mentioned that 'if things might change over time I would like to hear from them in the future'.
A few months later I got an e-mail that they weren't able to find a skilled UX designer that wanted to work at FD and while my interview went quite good they first thought of me.
Working at FDIn the 6 months that I ended up working at the FD, I've worked on several parts of the website that all had direct contact with the end-users. When I arrived there previous UX designer left quite a backlog that needed to be dealt with. I rolled up my sleeves, talked to the people who could brief me, gathered information and started sketching and designing.
In these months I worked together with a freelance front-end developer, together we have made quite some brave concepts that have shook up things and made people reconsider the current situation and solutions.
A lot of these ideas ended up phase 2 concepts - while FD wasn't ready for then whilst they were still in the transition of becoming an online company after being offline focused for so long.
Activities & responsibilities
analysis of legacy elements, sketching, conceptual design, visual design, conducting in-house user-tests, inventory and setting up InVision DSM