Role: Lead UX/UI Design
Office: Sydney, Australia
Year joined: 2016
Deltatre in three words: Accepting, adaptable, innovative
I kicked off my career as a teacher in early childhood education, but I wanted to pursue my creative interests so three years down the track I switched to a design degree. I majored in furniture, jewellery, and graphics and then when I graduated, I landed myself in digital design.
I fell in love with the UX/UI field and how it's growing and evolving rapidly. I knew this was the realm of design that I wanted to be in and everything just fell into place.
I manage a small team of designers. Every day is different but it mainly revolves around making sure the team is supported so they can get their job done, along with my own deliverables.
I'm in product design and what I love about that part of the business is the intricacies of the product and how everything relates to each other.
I’ve worked on AXIS and now I’m working on a new product I can't talk about just yet!
What’s really touched me about the company is that it’s a really family-friendly environment. A lot of people have families and they’re really understanding about everyone's individual situation. They’re flexible and welcoming, and whenever I’m interviewing someone I always say we really value the work-life balance.
It’s unique because you can work on bespoke client projects or within a software company environment – it’s the best of both worlds! Working on the product side has challenged and expanded my technical knowledge and understanding.
I've transitioned more into a management role and have been fortunate enough to be able to build our team with people from different walks of life. We started with a team of about three and now fluctuate between 8 and 12 designers – everyone is so supportive and adaptable.
I try to promote a collaborative environment where everyone can have an input. Anytime we need to reevaluate something I don't just go ahead and change things around, I make sure the team is taken on the journey together. We also work in cross-functional squads which consist of engineering, design, and product.
Our social calendar in Sydney is booked six months in advance, and now there's a social committee that organises events like Christmas in July. We have quarterly events that everyone gets involved in and there are team lunches on Fridays. We’re a very social bunch!
One of my biggest hobbies is yoga and, funnily enough, that started when I joined as there’s a yoga studio just down the road. A couple of people from work go there too. Yoga was initially a means to exercise, however, the mindful aspect associated with yoga has rippled throughout my life. I also like going to the beach and swimming in the sea.