Just a quick update on what I’ve been getting up to – I began my internship with Blacksnow Studios last week, a small start-up company which has created software focused around making photographer’s lives easier. It’s aim is to provide a central hub to organize and manage their business through simplifying tasks such as preparing quotes and invoices, managing time and appointments and organising your contacts.
My position at Blacksnow is to work on the user interactions and experience, to ensure that the software is simple to use and intuitive. The technology is all there and working, my job is to make it as appealing to users as possible by developing this into a easy to navigate, visually appealing website. Currently I’m creating wireframes of my design layout suggestions, but of course you can’t create a truly brilliant design without working with the users. Over the next couple of months, I’ll be meeting with photographers, doing user testing of the software and trying to get an insight into the ways they currently run their business – and in turn how this can transfer into the software.
I’ve only been here a week so far but I’ve already had the experience of meeting some great people from various different backgrounds; interaction designers, photographers, user experience consultants – and I’m sure this list will grow massively over my time here! From a design perspective, it’s nice to come into a project that’s already been developed – I’m so used to taking my own projects from beginning to end that I know it’s easy to get attached to what you believe is the ‘ideal solution’ when it may not be. Getting some real experience of testing with users will be invaluable to my future and should put me in good stead for pushing forward with my honours project when it comes to it next year – and of course, will provide a good analysis of Blacksnow’s current software and help push it forward too!