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Andrea is a Product Designer for Gooee, located in St. Petersburg, Florida. She was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Florida right before high school. She taught herself to code in her early teens and graduated from Ringling College of Art & Design with a degree in Graphic & Interactive Communications. After, she received her Masters degree from Savannah College of Art & Design with a degree in Motion Media Design. She spent 10 years as a designer and front end developer at several digital agencies in Sarasota, Florida before taking on her current role at Gooee. In 2014, she co-founded the Girl Develop It Tampa Bay Chapter where she was a chapter leader and instructor for 4 years teaching women in the community how to code.
Making the Jump from Agency Life to Product Designer
The transition from designing for multiple clients to a more focused and user-centric product designer can be a challenge.
Agency life offers project diversity that is unmatched in the startup world, but with it comes the stress of client meetings, wild time constraints, and the struggle of billable hours. Product Design offers more of work/life balance and the opportunity to spend more time becoming an expert on a specific user for one perfect product.
In this lightning talk, we will hit the high notes on what to know before making the jump from agency life to product designer.