Have you ever wondered what life as a Lead Designer is really like here in the South West? What does one do? What does it take to become one and what to stay top of the game?
We caught up with Kiwani Dolean, Lead Designer at Screen Time Labs, to get the facts for you – regardless if you are thinking of becoming one or adding one to your team – some insights for you right here:
ADLIB: In approx. 30 words and plain English, what do you do?
Kiwani Dolean: I am a designer who creates beautiful and usable digital experiences. I have an holistic approach to design and in my day-to-day work I shift from User Interface Design (UI) and User Experience Design (UX) to Visual Design.
ADLIB: In a nutshell, what has been your career journey so far?
Kiwani Dolean: After studying Graphic and Web Design I worked as a freelancer for several years, mostly in visual design and building websites. After that, I was in London for a few years within the startup environment: first at The Sandpit, a business builder focused on B2B digital marketing, and then at Lantum, an online marketplace for GP locums to connect and find work with practices.
Now I work at Screen Time Labs in Bristol, a startup that builds a software to help parents manage the time their kids spend on their devices. Like many designers, my career has started from Graphic/Web Design and has then moved towards UI, UX and product design.
ADLIB: What do you like most about your job?
Kiwani Dolean: I truly love design and everything I do on a daily basis, every pixel makes me happy and is important for me – but if I had to be specific I would say the ability to solve problems with design, crafting great experiences for users, both from a usability and a visual point of view.
ADLIB: What are 3 key things you consider when choosing an employer?
Kiwani Doolean: If you had asked me this questions a few years ago I would have had a completely different answer – after working in many different environments my outlook changed a lot. The first key thing for me is choosing a company that is doing something positive for the world and having an impact on people’s lives. Secondly, I always consider the company culture, which is very important to me; and finally, the employer’s values need to match mine.
ADLIB: What 3 top tips would you give someone to ensure that their skills and knowledge as a Lead Designer remain top notch?
Thank you Kiwani for sharing!