UI/UX design + front-end development

Hello, Your Call team!

Dear Your Call team, hello!

I’m thrilled to be applying for the position of Product Designer at your team. I hadn’t heard of you before, but when I visited your website I found myself nodding along to the vision you outlined. Helping and enabling whistleblowers is so important, and we don’t have enough of it; usually people have to make the tough choice between securing their livelihood and doing what’s right. It’s important to me that I believe in the work my company is doing, and I know I’d be very fulfilled working with Your Call.

A bit about me, speaking to the skills and tasks you outlined in the position description:

  1. I currently work on product design for a SaaS product for large-scale enterprises. We deal with complex data sets and part of my job is to make the user interface as easy to use as possible, which is always an interesting challenge! One of the key components of my work is to identify and maintain consistent visual patterns to make user interactions simpler and easier. I do wireframes and prototypes through to high-fidelity mockups and screens (although in the past few months we’ve been building the front end out directly using our design system components — it helps that I know how to code!).
  2. I am all about design systems. I’ve worked on them for a little over two years now, and I’m currently the principal maintainer of our in-house, open-source design system, ORCS. The visual design of that system was already set when I came along, so we’ve retained that. It would be awesome to help build a design system where I could contribute to the visual design, as well.
  3. I have a strong interest in accessibility and inclusive design, and I try to bring as much of that into all the work I do. Accessibility tests are built into our design system storybook, and I’ve pushed for larger typography and higher contrast ratios throughout our app to make it more visually accessible. I think designing in an accessible and inclusive way is absolutely fundamental for designers. I’m always learning more about accessibility (and not just the WCAG standards!) and I’ve done a fair bit of user research with accessibility and inclusivity as a major theme.
  4. I’m also a front-end developer! So I don’t have problems interfacing with engineers and devs; in fact, I enjoy it a lot. I learn so much from our interactions and I like to think I contribute something to their knowledge as well in terms of how to keep the end user as the focus of the work.

You can download a copy of my CV if you like, and for a closer look at my work please have a browse around my portfolio (password: designthinking). I have more work that I haven’t written up, so if you’d like to see more of it just let me know. And of course, if you have any questions just email me.

Thanks so much for your time!

Best,
Maria