You know you’re busy when you hire two new sets of hands and it STILL takes you three weeks to publicly acknowledge them.
Recently, Usability Matters had a) an RFP posted for a graphic design partner and b) an opening for a new User Experience Designer. The RFP led to a few meetings with design firms, and the response to the UX Design position garnered several dozen candidates!
During this process, the UM directors realized they could fulfill both needs at the same time if they found a UX designer who had a graphics background: the mythical “UX Unicorn”. As luck would have it, they found two people so compelling that they couldn’t choose between them. So they hired both.
Alex Leynes has recently moved to Toronto from the west coast. His experience in communication design brings coding, layout and typography to our team’s skill set. And a lovely smile.
Violet Edwards began her career as a graphic designer and has been a fan of UM since hearing our lovely Meredith Noble speak to her college class last year. She describes herself best in her cover letter as a `hybrid thinker’ who is visually literate, empathetic, technically savvy, endlessly curious and fond of collaboration.
So welcome to the newbies! We’re so glad to have you on our team!