This story is originally published in Aquent After Hours, found here.

It’s no secret UX is a vital ingredient in today’s most successful companies. UX professionals bring an ability to positively influence and enhance the way humans engage with your business’ products or services. While it’s an exciting prospect, hiring UX talent can be daunting because it’s a broad discipline that combines a range of skills. If you need UX, where do you start?

Our product team was faced with this question just last year, as we looked to expand our UX practice. We interviewed several qualified candidates, but something…


How we used our own experience to create a new tool that finds the right UX role for your needs.

It’s no secret UX is a vital ingredient in today’s most successful companies. UX professionals bring an ability to positively influence and enhance the way humans engage with your business’ products or services. While it’s an exciting prospect, hiring UX talent can be daunting because it’s a broad discipline that combines a range of skills. If you need UX, where do you start?

Our product team was faced with this question just last year, as we looked to expand our…


Aquent’s Book is a powerful portfolio search engine developed by Aquent’s internal product and staffing technology teams. As the product designer, I worked with product managers, engineers, stakeholders, and staff to conceptualize what the search experience might entail if we were to combine machine learning, broad crawling, and Aquent’s internal database to deliver a single source for talent discovery and pooling.

First, the technology: Aquent’s Book auto-tags portfolios using image classification and object detection. It tags work through the application of more than 24 million object and image labels. Using natural language processing, it combines image search with full-text search…


Aquent is one of the most successful creative staffing companies in the world. They help the most successful companies partner with creative talent via workforce services, managed services, and project management. That success is due in part to their ability to create, maintain, and scale internal product and technology solutions that serve their staff and agents. One such solution is a proprietary software system that encompasses processes ranging from talent sourcing and order management to applicant tracking and payroll.

Challenge

Every time a client has an order (needs talent), Aquent agents gather information to put into the system. This information is…


Calendars are the cause of a lot of friction in the entertainment industry. Netflix is no stranger to this pain. They have many long and complicated projects in progress at any given time resulting in overlaps, conflicts, rescheduling etc. for teams of people, on multiple projects at once.

Challenge

Netflix asked us to discover a way to make individual, team, and project schedules more easily accessible and in sync with their existing internal studio platform. Stakeholders hypothesized that a tool that did this would lessen the total number of scheduling conflicts, resulting in more accurate release planning and asset allocation. Time…


Mariana Tek (MT) provides business management software to the boutique fitness industry. Their technology delivers business insights that help scaling and operations decision-making, for companies such as Flywheel Sports. As their user base grew and evolved, their software needed to deliver a better customer experience at points of sale.

Objective

We were tasked with exploring new ways to evolve the POS system and mobile app so that they could serve up a more personal checkout experience. These two areas were specified by MT’s previous research as the primary points of friction in the customer experience. …


On December 2, 2016 my phone rang. The term “Unknown Caller” triggered my immediate disinterest in answering. However, a minute later I was informed that a voicemail message had been left by this unknown caller. Now I was very interested, mostly for the comedy I was expecting to hear. Surely it was a prince from Nigeria looking to split his loot or an agency misinforming me that I’d won a cruise in the Caribbean. I gave it a listen.

“Good afternoon, this message is for Patrick Branigan. My name is __________. I’m a staffer in the Office of Presidential Correspondence…


A Majestic and Strange Land that Changed My Life

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” — Henry Miller

I must admit I’m not well-traveled. I have graced my fair share of large cities, beaches, clubs and attractions throughout the United States, but for the most part I have failed to explore the rest of the world. I don’t believe twenty-five is an old age by any means, however it was just last year on my twenty-fifth birthday when I realized I should start exploring because I’m unsure how much more opportunity I will have to do so in the future. Life does

Patrick Branigan

Product Designer by day, gamer by night.

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