In the Summer of 2020, I worked as a UX design co-op at RBS, Ahold Delhaize. During my time at RBS, I worked on a Meal ordering system for one of Ahold's grocery brands. I had a blast working with the primary designer and the dev team and learned a lot about product strategy, developer handoff, bugs, edge cases, discovery, and design precision.
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WHAT I LEARNED
Edge cases: A common mistake is to the only plan for the perfect scenario. Great designs prepare for the unexpected, as well as the ideal. Working on designs with the front end and back end developers, I learned the skill of thinking it through. I learned to map all the happy and sad paths for every feature.
Be precise with your designs: Be cautious of padding and margins in the designs. Developers won't know what values to set if you don't. I learned to take the guesswork out of it and make the designs pixel perfect.
As UX designer co-op
FEEDBACK FROM THE LEAD
"Aashna is a hard-working individual who goes above and beyond what is asked of her. I hired Aashna to join our new fully remote Innovation lab in June of 2020 as a UX/UI Design co-op. At the time, the design team had a lot of ongoing projects and Aashna never hesitated to take up more work. I could trust her to take on more than just her main project of the co-op and she did not disappoint. Not only was she able to design great user experiences and visuals, but she also collaborated with the development team, project managers, and other associates within the organization.
As her mentor, Aashna has never held back in suggesting new tools, software, or ways of working if she thought it would benefit the team. We are a young design team and she took it upon herself to help us set new standards and guidelines for future co-ops. Outside of her day-to-day design work, Aashna helped in the facilitation of Design Thinking workshops for teams within our organization. I was so impressed with Aashna's design work and dedication, that I was excited to extend her co-op with our lab. Anyone would be lucky to have Aashna on their team!"
Design Lead at RBS, Ahold Delhaize
Dec 21, 2020, Hannah managed Aashna directly