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INTERNSHIP            Summer 2020 – 4 months
DELIVERABLES         7 Major projects, Shipped
MY ROLE          UX/UI Design Intern • Adobe XD, Zeplin 
MENTOR         Tina Lu

Genemod is a modern team laboratory that primarily aids in virtually managing freezers, offering the switch from excel calculations and project management all in one space. In hopes to encourage automation of your digital labs and lead with conversing with your team for long-term plans.

As an intern, I updated the back-end of Accounts regarding payments, billing histories, and subscription types. Create variations of account views from the team lead and a regular team member, comparing limitations when changing subscriptions and edge cases when managing accounts. I also addressed different approaches to user tickets on Activity Log searches, as imaged above, as well as creating freezers, filter displays, and bookmarking reagents. 
A typical work week when assigned a project or ticket to address. With some discrepancies on some projects that take up to 2 weeks to complete due to complexity. Which usually goes between a Design & Evaluate iteration. All assigned projects were designed alone and then consulted with my Product Manager (PM) and Engineer Team.
Understand the situation and base my designs on the parameters I'm given. Give or take an additional week based on the complexity. Most, if not all, research and competitive analysis based on articles and other businesses' policies with free and paid subscription accounts.

• What are the abilities and constraints free accounts have to a paid account?

• How would a free account function after leaving a paid subscription team?

Other assignments Plan of Actions fall under:

• How do I redesign this to create ease on the eyes? What is relevant from the main level to the secondary level?
Once I understand the heuristic view of Accounts I partition out what will be shipped in small sections to update with ease for the Engineering Team and users, rather than making significant changes all at once. For every assignment I am lucky enough to work with the head of Engineering, but they are also accompanied by another Engineer Intern who takes my assignment and ships it.

While this information cannot be disclosed fully. However, go over what is public from the Genemod website. Examples are the number of Users allowed to a Team, Freezer availability, the number of Projects and Experiments to be tracked, or the limitations on History backlogs. Imaged under the Refine section.
An edge case of payment error and if not addressed within the grace period all accounts will be locked.
Similar to understanding my research, I have to think ahead of possible tension that may arise. They might not be common occurrences, but they happen because something slipped through the cracks. Not everything in Design is foolproof. Hiccups happen and I try my best to provide answers to why Users get these prompts.
Account Edge Cases:
• What does it look like when payment is not up to date?
• In the event payment is not fulfilled what our point of action is?

• What is the grace period for account leads to address this issue?
• What does it look like once payments aren't met? How is downsizing teams going to affect ongoing projects?
Freezer Edge Cases:
• What does it look like when there are no more available private or public freezers?
• How can I create an opportunity to consider expanding the Team assets?

With a small document, I would meet back with my Project Manager and seek opinions from the Engineering Team. Seeing my findings and route of execution is tangible moving forward. Any other edge cases or user flows that may need to be addressed and squared away in this section of my project.
Downsizing Teams when choosing to downgrade on subscription plans.
I prepare for my last meeting to catch everyone up to speed. This meeting usually has the CEO, Engineers, and my Project Manager in one meeting to see the final works. This way any fresh eyes can point out any final details and we know as Interns to higher-ups what is to come of the software. 

With all my screens exported and link my style guides. Annotated on new components or changes, it is neatly packaged through Zeplin. I follow up with documentation Genemod themselves have curated for their personal history on design changes by their Interns. Finalize by ensuring my Zeplin images are live and post all documents through Microsoft Teams.
Bookmarking Collections, streamlining researchers to get to their project reagents faster.
Get lost in the possibilities – don't be afraid to come up with more ideas.
While it is great to deliver what is asked for the project of the week. I found to have more responsive feedback and productive meeting if I presented more than getting the job done. Ideas albeit extremely supplementary, more conversations were had with the Engineering team and CEO. Some were too much to add to the current project, but high consideration to put into a prototype. It streamlines possible expectations for what to complete next.

When those who can set some time aside to review your work, ask for help. These projects are usually projected to a week's time, the checkups midweek with peer cohort members can be critical. It's possible to get lost in the sauce of work. Once presenting with Engineers comes around and hiccups happen, we get pushback. Also, meaning there are times when you have to stand your ground as some may think the user flow is convoluted or repetitive. While it makes sense to us, may not always streamline effectively for users.
Our group photo of the Q3 2020 cohort :) and we got the great news Genemod was fully backed by our leave.
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