Get to know Stacia, Lead Product Designer

What is the best thing about being a lead product designer? I love exploring the art and science of what I do, which is great for me because I’m an equal mix of creative/artsy and logical/analytical. What is the hardest thing about being a lead product designer? Every hour at work I go back and forth between blue sky strategic ideas and in-the-weeds design decisions. That roller coaster can be difficult to manage, but I enjoy the challenge. What is your favorite thing about working at Target? I truly do love Target as a brand, and how we proliferate “design for all”. Our famously clean stores, unique assortment, amazing digital experiences, and firm stance on social issues make me proud to work for Target. What’s your greatest accomplishment in your career at Target so far? I was part of the original team that conceived the software I’ve been designing for […]

How Target is Propelling More Women into the Ranks of Engineering Leadership

The Engineering Manager Immersion Program (eMIP) is a development program launched in 2017 that helps to prepare engineers for leadership roles. This program is aligned with Target’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Wonder what it’s like to spend a day in the life of an engineering professional in the eMIP program? Here’s your chance! They’re making things happen in Target Technology, and we spent some time asking them what it’s all about… Q: Describe your background prior to eMIP. M (Millie): I studied computer science, art, and language in college. After college I had the opportunity to teach English in Spain and work for a Non-Governmental Organization in Switzerland. After a year, I came back to the Twin Cities and began looking for a job in the tech industry. I started working at Code42 as a server-side Java Engineer. I then moved to Prime Digital Academy as a Software Development […]

Get to know Sara, Director of Product Design – Target.com

What is the best thing about working in Product Design? What I’ve always loved is solving a big, gnarly problem involving technical limitations and true guest problems / benefits that has a nice juicy financial impact. Ecommerce provides lots of opportunities to do that. What is the hardest thing about working in Product Design? Having to make compromises and sacrifices to get things done. I’m a recovering perfectionist and I’ve learned it’s more important to ship something than to hold it close until it’s 100%. We need to get things out there and learn from the reaction to them. What’s your greatest accomplishment in your career at Target so far? Building our team! Over the five years I’ve been here, we have grown from a team of 10 working on a project-by-project basis, to the team of 60 we have today. We’re embedded within products for Target.com, Target apps, Registries […]

Get to Know Jennifer, Principal UX Researcher

What is the best thing about being a UX Researcher? Being a researcher means you are getting paid to ask a lot of questions and it is an asset to keep one’s child-like curiosity. My most favorite part is during analyses of findings because a researcher has this exclusive chance of knowing something “new” that potentially no one else knows or has thought of before. It is a brief moment, magical almost, but it is an experience shared by researchers around the world and throughout history – the joy of discovery. What is the hardest thing about being a UX Researcher? To be a researcher is like being that one horrible person telling everyone else that “their baby is ugly.” It is something that researchers need to prepare for, mentally & emotionally. I have experienced different reactions through the years and I have learned that what separates great researchers from […]