How do you put together an eye-grabbing design portfolio? Mike shares his expertise...

The people behind sky posted on 3 Aug

How do you put together an eye-grabbing design portfolio? Mike shares his expertise...

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Name:  Mike Gregory

Job title: Senior UI Designer

What area of Sky do you work in?  Design team / Digital engagement

What’s your career journey been like up until now?  After seventeen years working for design agencies around Leeds I felt like it was time for a change.  An in-house position felt like the right move and this job was the top of my list. Since starting here (18 months ago) my feet haven’t touched the ground.  I’ve helped launch our new service Sky Mobile and am now driving this forward with our future vision.

What does a typical day working here look like for you? The day kicks off with a couple of stand-ups, I cover multiple development squads. Followed swiftly by diving into design work.

Normally focusing on one particular problem such as adding further functionality to our sales or service sites. Additional business as usual work may include review sessions with design colleagues along pre/post amigos with development teams to ensure what’s designed has been executed correctly.

What’s been your proudest moment since working here? The initial launch and continuous development of additional functionality to the Sky Mobile site. Being part of a brand new project within such a large organisation has been a great challenge.

What’s the most enjoyable thing about your job? The satisfaction of getting a product launched, testing it and improving it based on live data.

Describe your work/life balance? This is brilliant, I have the flexibility I need to support my young family. Being able to see my children off to school is priceless, I used to miss out on so much. Also having the ability to work from home has greatly improved my work/life balance. General life in Sky is relaxed with great breakout, meeting and gaming spaces.  Being able to get away from your desk gives you the headspace sometimes required to solve those stubborn problems.

What advice would you give to others trying to develop their career? Get out there, meet people and build your connections, you can never have enough. In design your folio says everything about you, you’ll be noticed or ignored after 5 seconds of viewing it.  Don’t fill it with everything, select projects which are interesting and different, projects that solve challenging design problems. Keep additional work to hand to talk over in interviews. Be confident, interesting and beyond anything passionate about your work. Design is about ideas, communication and results, be proud of your creations!

An interesting fact/something no one else knows about you?  I’m am ambitious photographer with not enough time to chase the passion. I’ve also developed a great relationship with cycling both on and off road with plans to take on a stupidly brilliant challenge or two in the coming year.