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Under the microscope: 5 types of designers

There are tons of efforts and failure behind any visible success. Usually, the most impact is made by people. By real kudos with their pros and cons. Designers are one of the most straightforward and outgoing people in the IT branch, they say. Well, that questionable, because even among them there are some “individuals”. You better be prepared and study our primary classification

If you want to build the right communication, you better be prepared. With our primary classification, you will be able to glance into the wild world of creativity specialists.

Oscar Wilde/Lord Byron the Aesthete:

Who is it?
A designer who feel beauty very subtly. A person, who wants to dive into the nature of things.

How to treat?

  •  Show that you’re also concerned about perfection.
  • To give references that he might like
  • Do not let him think what you do with his resources

 

A Worker Bee

Who is it?
A designer who enjoy learning new things and takes recommendations very well. Ready to delve very deeply into the processes.

How to treat?

  • To give manuals and instructions
  • To catch up with him during the whole process
  • Encourage and praise
  • Offer a person new directions for development

 

A Narcissus

Who is this?
A person with unbalanced self-esteem, who perceives everything through the prism of himself, considers being the most important. Degree of professionalism can vаry.

How to treat?

  • Manipulate his self-esteem by praising
  • Push him with others so that he sees that they do not behave this way
  • Don’t put him into risky projects

 

A Hermit

Who is this?
A designer who is challenging to communicate. He admires loneliness. He is an introvert and wants to be in his beautiful world, where he has everything right.

What to do with it?

  • Control the amount of his communication
  • Show a positive attitude
  • Ask for his opinion
  • Be patient to get him closer. He needs time for it.

 

A Sad sack

Who is this?
A good designer who loves the design but isn’t very capable yet.

What to do with it?

  • Be patient
  • Mentor him permanently
  • Make sure that he understands what is wrong with the design and how to do better
  • Give him time to copy some good work

During the existence of Nextpage, we interviewed lots of people. With someone, the work turned out, with someone not. After analyzing the experience, we decided to collect several theses:

 

About the test task

All vacancies at Nextpage involve the implementation of a test task. This is a part of our policy, but not all the people understand that. Often difficulties start at the early correspondence stage. Based on our experience, a persistent question from a candidate is: “Should I complete the entire test task?”. After this often a bargain takes place.

”What about the half?, “A quarter?”, “I will do this piece, and you will get the idea about the rest.”

The only thing that we understand in such cases is that a person places priorities, not in our favor. If he doesn’t have enough time to perform the test task, it means that he chose to invest his resource in other projects.

 

About the test task – 2

At this very moment, a certain percentage of applicants is rejected. It is directly related to the content of the test cases. We have not changed it over the past six months. It means that a certain number of people managed to make it. If for some reason the interaction with these candidates did not happen, we have nothing against the publication of his version of the test task on resources like Behance, etc. But this is a trap.
New candidates google the test task, find existing solutions and take them for the original design.

Then usually follows a pile of questions like“Please explain what is wrong with this option? Do you want me to redesign it? ”.

The ability to make a competent question is a significant advantage, but some candidates break the brakes and ask to explain literally every detail. It comes to requests to arrange calls with our technical experts to tell how to do the test. You need to understand that employees need to find additional time to embark on a detailed explanation. Usually, they do not have any extra time.

Being self-sufficient immediately sets a candidate apart from the others. The world was created without a technical task. And mankind somehow copes. Our employees also have to.

 

Where is your CV, dude?

This mistake is usually made by junior designers. They design the document very clean and beautiful… and save it to “png”. As a result, we have an outstanding picture with non-clickable links. Unfortunately, this speaks more than just about the candidate’s lack of concentration. This indicates that the person hasn’t worked out the interaction scenarios with the document. Today, a designer’s job is a hybrid of UI and UX, and it is essential for the candidate to cover both needs.

 

About critique

There are two types of people. Some, in response to criticism, start to translate arrows, while others themselves begin to talk about where they could perform better. The second type is spiritually closer to us. You need to understand that working in a studio, especially at the beginning of a career, is primarily an investment in yourself. The ability to upgrade as a specialist. In the first couple month likely you will be mentored by senior colleagues. Don’t take it as a personal insult, just cope with it.

 

About being late

The ability to organize your time – the most crucial skill.

 

Are there any combo skills?

We are looking for people with a strong feeling of courage, responsibility, and initiative. There is also no such thing as a “too-mature candidate.” Luggage and experience are valuable, but only in a combo with the desire to develop further. You need to be greedy for knowledge. There is no killer skill, it is always a combo of soft skills and technical agility.

About nudes

We distinguish between a person and his image in a social network. Among designers, there are often accounts, where they write anything and in whatever words. Such a fashion is now – to post your social network with a touch of nihilism. We have nothing against.
But from what we are trying to stay away – this is violence, homophobia, and nude photos. The latter, as practice shows, the bell of impaired self-esteem.

Messed up in the head = messed up at work.

There is also a category of people who always complain about everything and everyone. It is not clear how these people do not get tired of themselves. Being close to people who are ever dissatisfied is hard, and we stopped even trying.

Summary

All people are different, and among the designers, there are their “characters.” In our opinion, each type of designer should have its own project manager. But this is another topic to cover.

Jegor Walowski

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