What was the scope of their involvement?
Our first project was designing a new editorial destination. They came in and facilitated a group of our editorial team, our digital team, and a number of our content producers. Through that, they got a firsthand feel for the vision and the existing materials we had.
We then entered into a timebox design period. We workshopped around the vision and the design team turned around a number of prototypes of concepts. They built in a couple of rounds of iteration, using the first round to push the boundaries a little bit. Ultimately, we made our way towards a final design and, once we had that, they assisted us in selecting who we should partner with to build it.
We were then able to use that as a launch point into some subsequent projects, including a large one that all three of us worked on together. We also did a couple sequential projects and now they are our agency record for interaction design.
What is the team composition?
We have worked with about four different people. Their creative director, Chad took point on the visioning and concept and guided it through the various stages of development. Another designer, Jeff, was involved from the creative and visual design standpoint. Samantha [User Experience Researcher, Slide UX] was our content strategist. She had a really challenging job of working with us to figure out how the design could support some of the content and interactions from an editing and design standpoint. Hannah was our project manager who kept on top of how much time we were spending on things and made sure we met our deadline.
How did you come to work with Slide UX?
I had some experience working with them in other organizations, which is what led me back to them.
I wanted to bring in Slide UX because I knew their approach to building things. It involved spending time gaining a deep understanding of the problem space: what the goals were, building something that supported the goals, and ensuring it had a visual identity. We turned our attention to them and they were differentiated for us by their approach.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working together in August 2017 and the work is ongoing.