I took part in 100% of the UX and UI design process, and was involved in marketing and business, too. I cooperated with the CEO (a full-stack programmer) and an external marketing professional, too, who gave me feedback on the landing pages, and writing and best practices for communication, specifically during the coronavirus crisis.
Learning to prioritize in a remote work environment
The CEO is located in Oslo, the marketing professional lives in Budapest and I work from Copenhagen, so the work and communication was completely remote and online. I found that the ideation period is greatly affected by it. It’s easy to sketch up and explain things when we are in the same room, but I had to learn to create more self-explanatory and detailed mock-ups for online communication.
Wireframes and prototypes had to have a higher fidelity in a short timeframe, so I had to learn to prioritize what’s important for our next meeting and what are the small details that can be perfected later.
For example, UX copy and images were important, because I got feedback on them, but consistent, pixel-perfect spacing could wait until after the meeting.
A day in home office
One big challenge of remote work was the lack of an office environment. Upon arriving at the office, it’s easier to get into the work mindset, but home office requires discipline.
In order to get into the “work mood” at the beginning of the day I read newsletters and other design-related articles on LinkedIn to find inspiration. I found inVision, helloDesigner, UXpin, UXstudio, CodePen, and Codecademy content the most insightful.
The major part of the day I spent with getting work done, namely preparing for meetings, participating in the meeting, finishing personas, wireframe, prototype, preparing and conducting user tests, working on the live homepage and documenting.
Once the work for that day was done, I communicated it towards the CEO and (if needed) the marketing specialist.