The partner spotlight is a weekly series where we go behind the scenes with some of the companies that make VendorDB great. Next up is The UX Department!
Name : The UX Department
Locations: HQ in San Francisco and we have an office in Argentina
Year Founded: 2010
Specialties: User Experience Design, User Interface Design, Information Architecture, Interaction Design, Front-end Development.
What inspired you to start your company?
I wanted to build a team that could provide a rich User Experience for our product’s users and not just a nice looking design. I wanted to enter the web design business from a user-centered approach.
What was the first job someone hired you for?
Our very first client as an agency was QuestionPro, the leading provider of online survey software, that trusted us back then and keeps working with us now. We worked with them to create their platforms and make online research an easy interactive experience for their users. We built a long lasting business relationship with this company.
What was the most technically challenging work you’ve created?
I would say our two most challenging projects were La Gaceta (online platform for an Argentinean newspaper) because of the amount and complexity of the templates we had to create, and AutoGrid, because we had to do a lot of research to understand how the electrical industry works and how it’s billed, in order to create complex interfaces with that data.
What is the smartest work you’ve seen in the past year that didn’t come from your shop?
How has the business changed since you started?
I think the biggest change in the industry has been the acknowledgement and general acceptance of User Experience as a needed discipline to make web products better. I see that now there’s a major awareness of users needs and wants, and that, of course is a great improvement.
What is the best thing about working at The UX Department?
What we like about our team is that we learn from each other. We believe in being part of each other’s training process and helping every member grow as a professional. It’s everybody’s responsibility to make a great team.
Where is the best bar in San Francisco?
At the Top of the Mark : )