The happy Martine in the early hours of the day already working on the latest project.
I have always liked things that look good but more than that I have come to appreciate the combination of “pretty” and “functional”.
This is what a UX/UI designer does daily - not just making things beautiful but also figuring out how they can actually be seamless, quick, and logical for the potential users.
Design is a field where everything is constantly changing so a part of my everyday work-life is also keeping in touch with the best practices and newest developments in the field. So that I can offer the most up-to-date ideas and solutions to our clients.
I have been a part of the Singleton team for a short time at the moment but during that time I’ve been constantly amazed about the vibe we have here.
It feels like people are seen and heard here and that we are all more friends than co-workers.
For example this year for Women's Day the founders of Singleton drove to the houses of each of the female employees in order to deliver flowers and a very surprising gift containing quality items for a small spa-night at home.
It was really nice to be appreciated in such a personal way.
Singleton has a slogan: attitude over skills! And to my surprise, it is actually true here. If you know anything, even a little, about development, design, and analytics then more skills can always be learned. But if the attitude doesn't match then there really is little to be done.
I think that Singleton thrives on this very idea of bringing in people that match with each other, that give out the same vibe. This creates a collective where you want to do your best.
I hope to work with projects as different as possible so that I can challenge myself, learn and experience new things. I'd love to have projects where I could do all the aspects from start to finish, from user experience to user interface.
Also - I’d love to conduct a lot of usability testing. Unfortunately, this is something that often seems to the clients to be a waste of time and money. In reality, it is the other way around.
Getting something done right from the beginning will save you the time of working with a half-hearted product for a few years, admitting it to have failed and then having to spend the extra money anyway in order to make it better.
Depends on if I'm somewhere where there is a sauna. If yes, then I'm in the sauna. I really love it. I'm not even sure why but I am even willing to drive 3 hours in order to go to the sauna with my friends for a few hours and then drive the whole way back.
If there is no sauna around then spending time with my family is a big part of my life that I really enjoy and value. I have a big family and gathering for a barbeque or going on a trip together have always been anticipated events for everyone.
Martine spending a sunny day with her cute son. The precious moments that really matter.
Success is dependent on the personal values of a certain person. For someone it may lie in a lot of money, for others success is conquering a mountain-top or learning to stand on one's head.
For me, success is if all the members of my family are healthy and if I can offer happiness to them.
This is of course connected to being successful in my work. If I can perform well as a designer, get good feedback and belong to a great team then I have the inner resources to offer happiness to others as well.
This is a great question. And the answer can vary greatly depending on the life stage a person is at.
Personally, I hope to have two more kids someday. The idea of having a big family has always been in my head and the image of my three kids gathering around the dinner table is something that really motivates me.
Professionally I hope that life gives me many opportunities to work with other designers who really inspire me, who are my role models, and who have brilliant ideas.
I am happy when there is no unnecessary stress in my life.
Positive stress is something different instead. You can feel pressure at work and a day can be very intensive but that doesn't have to mean you feel stressed out.
I am a happy person by nature and I like to keep it like that. For myself as well as for others.
Martine taking part in a fun and stress-free step challenge in the beautiful woods of Estonia
Oh, traveling! This COVID year has put a hold on experiencing the world and I really miss it.
We once took a trip to Key West with the whole extended family and this is the first vacation that comes to mind when asked about “the best one”. It was a very happy time spent together. A lot of music, different cafes, new experiences. A lot of good vibes.
I'd like to be a professional surfer and spend that day in Australia or the USA catching the best waves and really enjoying being one with nature. Yes, that would be a good day indeed.
If I can't be that then I’d like to be Elsa. No, not the one from the Frozen cartoon but Elsa Pataky. She is dating Chris Hemsworth… I don't think any further explanation is needed.
Chicken curry. I don't even know why. Maybe I'm just really hungry at the moment. But yes, why not. Chicken curry.
I'd love to witness how the Egyptian pyramids were actually built. It seems mind-blowing to me that without all the modern tools and materials they were actually able to build them. I can't seem to wrap my head around it so I’d like to see it with my own eyes.
We are so happy that Martine is a part of our team. If you would like to ask Martine any questions about UX/UI at Singleton or meet any of the other team members, please contact us and we will be happy to help.
Take a moment out of your busy day to kick back and relax whilst we log you in to meet the top 7% of software vendors.
Launch your journey to unlock unparalleled transparency to the future of work!
You will find a curated universe of the world’s leading software development vendors that include over 4500 passionate designers and engineers.
Discover and explore in-depth vendor profiles with over 130 data-points, compare vendors side-by-side and engage vendors with a click of a button.
We would love for you to join us ⚡️
Accelerate your search by tellings us what you need. Share more about your requirements in our guided smart brief, and open the brief to our entire vendor community,
Vendors will receive an anonymised copy of your brief with no personally identifiable information to contact you directly. The anonymised copy simply aids the vendors in the application process of the contest and allows Pangea to recommend up to 5 suitable vendors based on a mix of our algorithm (beta) and human experts within 72 working hours.
How does that sound?