It’s my final week at Clearleft and my project is on the verge of submission. I can’t believe how fast the last 12 weeks – make that 12 months – have flown by. It’s been an amazing voyage of discovery, in learning a new craft and in discovering what I’m capable of. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how well I’ve taken to studying, as a first timer at university. Don’t get me wrong, there have been some times when I’ve felt out of my depth and in despair at ever getting through it, but I’ve soldiered on and am nearly out the other side. I can’t wait for that feeling when I finally press the submit button. Here are a few of my final designs.
The final stages of the project are more or less complete now, bar the shouting. I ran a third round of user testing to pick up any final edits for the prototype, and I’ve done a heuristic evaluation and usability assessment of the work I’ve done, which helped me to see things from a new perspective. I hope I can continue to build on this toolkit to bring it to life in some way, as I feel quite attached to it, as it’s consumed my waking (and sleeping) thoughts for the last few months. I think there is more work required to validate some of my assumptions but overall it’s a strong idea with a clear value proposition.
I’m so glad I got the opportunity to spend my final semester at Clearleft. The company is run in the same way that I would want to run a business, putting its people at the heart of it. Everyone really knows their stuff and I’ve been bowled over by how generous they have been with their time, even for a li’l ole intern like me. I hope that I get to work alongside the people I’ve met here again someday, as they’ve taught me so much and inspired me tremendously in my new found profession.
So I guess that’s it from me. Now I have to cross my fingers for 6 weeks until I get my grades. I’ll post an update once I get it.
But now, a much-needed holiday…