Get To Know You with Bill, a Principal Product Designer

What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be an architect. My mom used to clean houses for a living. Much to her chagrin, I would tag along during the summer months on jobs as she cleaned rich, fancy homes. I would thumb thru her client’s copies of Southern Living to look at the architectural house plans that were printed in each issue. I took drafting classes early in high school and can still sketch a beautiful floor plan in AutoCADD. But ultimately, my interest and ability in math was my demise. So, now I craft digital plans instead. What is the best thing about being a product UX designer? The best thing about being a product UX designer is that there are no guardrails. We are responsible for designing and creating products. With qualitative and quantitative data at our finger tips, we are more […]

Julieta’s Corner

Hi there, my name is Julieta and I’m a Senior Product Designer at Target. I previously worked at American Airlines, PayPal and Make-A-Wish foundation. I was asked a few questions about my time here at Target so far. Also, apparently I don’t know how to hold a mug properly. Enjoy! What did you want to be when you grew up? A painter like Bob Ross. What is the best thing about being a UX designer? That we get paid to play with computers. What is the hardest thing about being a UX designer? The industry is ever-changing, so you really have to keep up on the latest programs/trends/solutions. What was an innovative tool a year ago is obsolete now. The platforms change, the devices change, and people’s behaviors change. It’s difficult but also makes it very exciting. What is your favorite thing about working at Target? I’m from Mexico, and […]

Holiday with a Capital H

If you have never worked in retail, than you’ve have missed out on the grand experience we call “Holiday”. On the other hand, you’ve probably actually enjoyed the time of year from mid-November to Christmas while you celebrate with your friends and family, and take advantage of the seeming thousands of days of deals from the many retailers trying to get their share of wallet from you. Holiday, with a capital H, is something that has to be experienced to be believed. And every Holiday is the most important one yet, because those six weeks account for 50% or more of yearly revenue. When you work in IT in a retailer, your entire year hinges on whether or not the systems you support survive the shopping onslaught of Holiday. In the online space, an ecommerce site might make 30% of its revenue in the five days from Thanksgiving to Cyber […]

My Experience: Grace Hopper Conference

Earlier this month a large group from Target’s Engineering & Recruiting teams headed to the Grace Hopper Conference (GHC) in Orlando.  It was a busy week filled with great speakers and new relationships formed.  Target was nominated as an AnitaB.org’s Top Companies for Women Technologists – specifically a company that has representation of women technologists above the mean, very exciting! One of my favorite experiences at GHC was leading Target’s Women in Technology Workshop.  This idea stemmed from the concept of working through tough issues that women in technology face.  The topics were: Pay Equity/Negotiate Your Worth Having Your Voice Heard Overcoming Obstacles, Frustrations, Remaining Resilient This was an active workshop to talk through past experiences, current situations, things you’ve tried, and ideas you have heard about.  We came back for a rapid fire share of topics to consider and consistent themes, things learned, things that made us feel uncomfortable […]