Life at Springworks: A day in the life of a Product Designer

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Hrishikesh CK joined Springworks remotely in Jan 2021 as a Product Designer to work for a couple of our clients. Prior to joining Springworks, he worked as a UI/UX designer for an advertising agency for about a year.

After completing his Bachelors in Technology, he got into designing and started off his journey with a few personal projects wherein he created wireframes and designs for a couple of websites. 

At Springworks, his responsibility is to have a holistic understanding of product design, including visual and experience design, and business acumen. He works closely with product managers and developers throughout the discovery, design, and development process to bring great ideas to life.

Here is a discussion with Hrishikesh!

Tell me a little about your job role and what you do on a daily basis.

My responsibilities range from setting design requirements based on information from internal teams and user research, identifying new product improvement opportunities and modifying existing designs to meet changing customer preferences.

This means I work closely with product engineers to suggest improvements for product designs and processes. Hence, I present product design ideas to cross-functional teams and senior leadership.

What is your favorite part of your job?

The favorite part of any UX design process for me is user research. The results from this research keeps me going throughout the Ux process.

So I take my time to ensure I do good research and sometimes when I’m stuck, I return to do another research again.

I always want to understand my users.

Are there any challenges in your job? If so, how do you solve them?

Sometimes design changes have huge influences on production activities and hence making the activity prolong.

I mean if one uses Figma for designs and they need to make even a smaller change, they have to go back and edit the original component and the change affects all of the components which are based on it, which is a challenge.

But rather than just being a challenge, it is fun to do at the same time. Thus, the design is a long process and a designer should always be open to changes.

Tell me about the newest thing you’ve learned that has improved your work. 

I would like to explain this with an instance. So, in my previous organization, we used to add images along with the signup form that we designed. When I had to design a signup form here at Springworks, I did add the images which weren’t actually asked of me to do, which added more effort and ended up taking more time.

When I presented my design to the team, I was told that there was no need to add images to the signup form. Hence, I learned that I should try to accomplish the task the way I am asked to.

Walk me through a day in the life of Hrishikesh!

  • Wake up at 8 am with my coffee
  • Workout
  • Have breakfast
  • Stand-up at 1 pm
  • Work on my designs
  • Attend stand-up at 3 pm
  • Team meetings
  • Work until 6.30
  • Play badminton
  • Check with the updates
  • Have dinner at 9 pm
  • Play video games
  • Sleep at 12 am

Tell me a little bit about your life outside of work…

I love to read. I’ve been reading a book called “Discover your destiny” by Robin Sharma these days.
I also love photography. Here are a few of my favorite clicks:

What advice would you give someone who is seeking the same line of work?

Do not try to copy designs exactly as they are. Take inspiration from them, instead. I used to do the same when I started off my journey with designs, but it never really worked for me until I designed the creatives my way.

What keeps you at Springworks?

Supportive managers, work-life balance, good processes, and employee- centric policies.

Everyone at Springworks is passionate about their work. 

Want to join the team? Check out open roles at Springworks.

Priya Bhatt

I cover Employee stories at Springworks.

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