Meeting with Domitille, UI-UX Designer at UX Republic.

Today, you will discover the portrait of Domitille. A curious, creative and caring young woman whom I got to know thanks to our exchange. We often met during the various events at the agency and I am delighted to be able to shed some light on his career!

Hello Domitille, can you present your background in a few words?

I've been a UI-UX designer at UX Republic for a little over two years and I've been working as a UI designer for five years now.

I am a UI Designer by training. When I arrived at UX Republic, I followed training in UX Design and I trained myself to meet a strong need among customers to have both specialties.

For a year and a half, I have been on assignment in a French cultural magazine. It is a media of criticism and cultural news, which is part of the newspaper group Le Monde.

We're going to do a little background before going into detail about your mission. What was your educational background to become a UI-UX Designer?

After high school, I did a BTS in visual communication, a multimedia specialty for two years. Then, I continued for two more years to obtain a Higher Diploma in Applied Arts, Creator-Designer in Graphic Design.

Subsequently, I did internships and started working in agencies.

What direction did you take to follow the path of UI Design?

Basically, I wanted to do print graphics and, when I looked at the schools to follow the training courses, I discovered the multimedia specialties which interested me much more so I started.

When I started my training, we were already starting to create website interfaces. And when I did my last two years, it was much more graphic design based.
When I left my studies, I had rather a title of graphic designer web designer.

It was after, when I started working, that I specialized in web design. After two years of experience, the term UI designer appeared and I started doing the 'switch'.

You told me earlier that you had the double UX – UI hat, where did you learn the UX – UI methods?

A lot of self-training because, before arriving at UX Republic, I was in a communication agency for several years, and that's when the software started to evolve.

I remember, at the time, we had undergone training to switch to Sketch. That's when we made the transition to the term “UI Designer”.

What do you like the most in your day-to-day job?

Always the specialty of UI Design, since my core training remains design, graphics and design in general.

In terms of task, it's a bit related, it's the design phase when a client doesn't yet have an identity. I find this to be the most interesting phase. We come to bring a visual universe that corresponds to the thinking of a brand.

And also when you change it completely! When you have something existing and you transform it into something newer and fresher, which still fits the brand.

Do you have this type of mission currently?

Yes ! At the moment, we are redesigning the site and the application. As it's a global redesign, we started with the home page and the article pages.

It's a big project and it's very interesting to get your hands on something that is technically quite complex.
A media site is not like e-commerce sites and others because there are a lot of technical constraints. It's challenging to overcome these constraints to bring a touch of design.

Were you aware of these restrictions? Did you anticipate them?

For the moment, we know the constraints and we have anticipated them.

I've been with them for a year and a half now, so I had already started working on projects to overhaul the subscription process. It was then that I had discovered certain constraints.

So you arrived at UX Republic in June 2020, what guided your choice to join us?

I already knew, but from afar. I browsed the blog from time to time.

I was contacted by HR and it was done very simply, by exchanging. There was a good feeling with my first manager and I felt there was a good atmosphere.

I also had the desire to learn new things and do consulting.
In an agency, we change projects every week, it's like mini missions. As a result, I was interested in being with a client and being able to stay there for a long time to carry out a long-term project.

You joined the teams in June 2020. So, how did you experience your arrival at UX Republic and your mission in this context of health crisis?

Within the cultural magazine, there is a fairly flexible teleworking policy, with several days a week. There is a good understanding and confidence in the teams so things are going well. It's quite fluid, we take advantage of being able to do video.

Have your method and your work tools evolved following this period?

In the communication agencies where I worked before, I was already doing telework so no big changes, although it was not such long periods.

Not seeing your colleagues regularly and not having a social connection is a bit painful. But we do a lot more visios on Google Meet, I have become an expert on the tool!

And then there was the arrival of Figma, which is much more interactive with built-in comments, which makes it much easier to work remotely. Whereas before, you had to either show your screen and therefore be close, or send a huge file.

Production tools like Sketch and Figma have been mentioned several times.
With your role as UX Designer do you lead workshops? And suddenly, how did you experience the remote workshops?

I did very little workshop and never at a distance. Often, it was at the client's, with post-its.

On the other hand, we conducted user interviews remotely. It was more complicated remotely because we had a fairly old user target, it was not easy for them.

Apart from this cultural magazine, have you done any other assignments at UX Republic?

I did a mini two-week mission for an organization specializing in business creation assistance, which offers microloans for people excluded from the traditional banking system.

Then, I took part in a call for tenders for a French company responsible for marketing and operating space launch systems, which went well.

And then my current mission began.

So, you've been with your client for many months, it must change you compared to your old experiences.

In the group, there are many things to do and I had the opportunity to work on several different subjects.

There are always new needs because things haven't changed for some time so there is a need to overhaul things in depth.

When I arrived on the mission, I worked for another title of the group, a French weekly news magazine, which had the same need for a global overhaul of the subscription paths and the user space.

Can you tell us more about the organization of your current mission? Do you work in a team?

I'm in a team with another consultant from UX Republic and we form the magazine's small UI-UX design department. We work in modular to manufacture all our elements.

Being in pairs makes it possible to offer more things to the customer and to quickly develop the product. We are currently both working on the redesign of the site.

In modular, can we talk about Design System suddenly?

Yes, completely. Basically, there was already one but we have enriched and redesigned it, in particular with new components adapted to the future visual charter.

Is this your first time working on a team mission?

In a communication agency, I worked on teamwork so I found my bearings.

I prefer to work as a team to have more perspective on what we do and it allows us to challenge ourselves to go even further.
While, when you're alone, you plan such and such a thing during the week, you don't necessarily have time to ask yourself questions.

And then, it's always nice to have feedback from someone who does the same thing as us and who asks the same questions about a model.

Precisely, in your former missions or experiences, was there a project that marked you more than the others?

It's a tough question! I would say all, I will not be able to choose!

In fact, it depends because they all arrived at a different phase of my professional journey and brought me something that allowed me to move forward.

Let's talk a bit about the trainings you were able to follow at UX Republic. Which ones have you participated in? And above all, were you able to apply what you learned on a mission?

I followed the “UX Design, the fundamentals” training and then I did a mini-training on user testing.

There were things I knew and practiced already. It's interesting to review these notions and especially to know how to name them because, sometimes, we already apply the notions but we don't know the theoretical name. And of course, there were things that I didn't know and that I was then able to apply during my missions.

It seems to me that you have also been on the other side, as a trainer?

I was first offered to write a training material on UI design and then I tested it in internal training for UX Republic collaborators. After that, I conducted this training twice for clients.

Would you like to lead other trainings?

Yes, I can imagine repeating the experience. It was a first for me so new and challenging. It's always nice to get out of everyday life and be able to talk to other people about my job.

In the end, we send them something but they send us just as much thanks to their feedback and their questions.

Domitille, we have almost finished our little exchange, before leaving us I would like to ask you a few quick questions that I ask everyone:

The first question, I already have a small idea, but I'll ask you anyway: UX Design, UI Design or User Research?

UI Design, without hesitation!

Sketch, Figma, Photoshop or Adobe XD?

It depends, I'm not going to be so direct! For UI design, it would be 100% Figma. But I love Photoshop for creating visuals and photomontage, it's my great passion.

Guidelines iOS or Android?

As I'm on iOS, of course I'm going to tell you iOS! I find that in terms of interface it's more fluid for a user who is not necessarily comfortable with digital.

Music or no music when you work?

Music at 100%, I listen to a lot of it because I think it gives a rhythm. I'm much more productive when I have my helmet on. Sometimes I also listen to podcasts when I need some background noise.

A book, film or documentary on digital that you would recommend?

I like cultural podcasts that relate historical facts. You learn things by working.

Since I started working in this cultural magazine, I listen to news podcasts like L'heure du Monde a little more.

Do you have a designer or a designer collective that you follow on social networks?

Before yes, but now I tend to look at several sources. I installed Muzli so I get alerts from several sites about the design I choose to follow.

As there is a bit of everything, I find it interesting because we can be inspired by lots of different things, not necessarily by something related to our profession.

Domitille, we're done! Thank you again for our discussion! Do you want to add something that we haven't covered?

(laughs) That's a good ending sentence! No I think

we've done the trick! Thanks to you !


Alexa Cuellar, UX Designer @UX-Republic

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