Have you ever heard the quote “If you build it, they will come.” from the movie Field of Dreams? That might have worked at the time that it was released, but in today’s economy that phrase speaks more to the dreamer than the successful person in technology.
Why? Because in today’s global economy, where there are lower barriers to entry for new businesses, products, and marketing, there are far more options for a customer or user to choose from.
To meet this shift in consumer behavior, companies are putting an increase focused on the consumer or user experience. This translates to understanding what problems users have, and building solutions that not only solve that problem, but also designing it in a way that is easy, useful, and intuitive to the end-user.
That’s where product designer Angélique Bélizaire, steps in as she leverages her passion in design to help companies build online products, websites, and features that potential customers will actually use (and enjoy themselves while doing it)!
Listen now to learn how to:
- Apply a 7 Step process to design thinking and implementation to create customer-centric products that people want and will use
- Utilize concepts like low, mid, and high fidelity to obtain consensus and test ideas quickly
- Collaborate with stakeholders of varying functions/ backgrounds to accomplish results faster
TL;DL (Too long; Didn’t Listen): 3 Actionable Takeaways
- Leverage the design process to design your next product, website, app, pitch, etc. so it’s actually used by your target audience
- Invest in your growth through courses, bootcamps, and real-life experiences by focusing on your ability to realize returns on the investment rather than the cost (e.g. time, money)
- Iterate in the real world to find solutions that don’t just “exist” but instead transform lives by making it easy and desirable for people to use it
But wait there’s more! Share your #1 takeaway with today’s featured Empjoyee and other Empjoyees in the Empjoyment community!
From Insight to Action
“Do the thing and you will have the power” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Angélique’s journey contains several times where she made an investment in herself to not only learn new skills but also demonstrate those skills in a tangible fashion.
Your Joyney: Share how are you planning to build and/or demonstrate your skills over the next two weeks to get a job in tech within the Empjoyment Community.
Additional Resources to Accelerate your Growth
- Visit Angélique’s personal portfolio to see more of work in action and explore her design process.
- Find out more about Angélique’s company: Managed by Q
- Check out the Empjoyment Glossary for our interpretation of the tech-specific words used today
Getting to Know Today’s Featured Empjoyee: Angélique Bélizaire!
Angélique has found her EmpJoyment through the world of design, which she applies in tech through produce design. Angélique graduated in 2009 with a degree in Design.
She has worked as a freelance Designer in social media before making a switch to User Experience (UX) and Product Design. To accomplish this, she took a 3-month immersion class with General Assembly and then got a job working as a UX consultant before getting a job in tech at VenueBook.
She now works at a startup called Managed by Q as a Product Designer.
Spread the Joy to Help Others Experience Empjoyment
Kudos to you for taking another step towards experiencing enjoyment through employment through today’s episode.
If you find this podcast helpful, we would greatly appreciate if you took a minute or two to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast in iTunes. They’re extremely helpful when it comes to helping new Empjoyees know that this is a podcast that really has their interest at heart. Plus, we read each and every one personally!
Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes to make sure that you never miss an episode, share the episode with one person you know who would benefit from today’s episode, and let us know if you’d like to share your story as a featured Empjoyee to help others learn from your experience too.