Ask Ziggy

The Startup.


Ask Ziggy was often referred to as the Siri for Windows Phone. Remember Windows Phone? We also developed speech-enabled applications for iOS and Android that utilized our natural language processing API. This, being my first ‘real-job’ was obviously when I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. Or at least, I certainly felt that way. Actually, no, let’s be real. I definitely didn’t know what I was doing. However, I learned a lot. Let me explain.

This was a start-up environment, so I had the opportunity to work in several aspects of the company to get a sense of what I enjoyed working on. I contributed to the design of our mobile apps, web API console, corporate site, and overall branding. I recruited engineers at college career fairs, ran Twitter ad campaigns, and met with a reporter at SXSW. My conversation with The NextWeb lead to us being featured on their site during SXSW 2013.

The company was full of engineers. I was the classic, ‘lone designer.’ This had its challenges and likely it would have been better for my design career growth to have a mentor in that situation. However, it was a great environment for learning technical skills and collaborating with engineers. I was curious to learn more about web development and picked up HTML, CSS, and JavaScript skills during this time.

My decision to leave came from my desire to work with a true design team and grow from my peers. I accepted a position as a User Experience Designer at a small agency in Sacramento, California.