To get an idea about the Zoobe team and our work, we would love you to meet our Lead UI Designer Pathie!
Read on to find out more about Pathie and her job at Zoobe.
What’s your role at Zoobe? What exactly are you doing and what are your responsibilities?
As User Interface Designer I’m working on the “face” of Zoobe. Whenever you open Zoobe, you get in touch with what I and the Product Team do all day. Whenever you are pressing a button, textlink or icon on the screen, you can be sure we thought about the positioning and appearance in detail.
My first big task at Zoobe was the total redesign of the app. We decided on a new design approach and on flow changes to make the app easier to use. In addition, I came up with a new colour palette, worked on individual screen layout changes and an icon set was included.
On daily basis, I try to design whatever it takes to make Zoobe a better experience for users. That includes concepts and placement for the new features – such as user profiles for example. That means preparing sketches of screen layouts or build little prototypes. We test these prototypes out in the streets (e.g. at our favourite coffee places The Barn or Zeit für Brot) to verify if people understand our concepts. Later, I’m communicating with the developers, to make sure functionalities are implemented as close to our concept as possible.
My desk after a brainstorming session: sheets full of scribbles. Coloured pens. Conceptional flow ideas. Screenlayouts. Devices with prototypes. I love it.
What is special to you about working at Zoobe?
…all my work is directly going into Zoobe and will be visible live in the app 2 – 4 weeks later. That’s really rewarding! Also the Zoobe team has a lot of great talents and the atmosphere is very authentic. We’re a very international team and it’s great not only stick to German habits. With very different backgrounds at Zoobe all come together and work on the same thing. In general, working for an app that wants to put a smile on someone else’s face – that’s awesome.
When did you start working at Zoobe and how did it come? What did you do before?
I’m part of the Zoobe team since one year now. My background is Graphic and Game Design. I published a little book for sailing beginners (“Mein Optibuch”), worked as graphic designer in the small advertising agency Terz and in a game company as well. My interest for User Interface Design derives from my work at the Creative Media research group of the HTW Berlin. Since then, I’m excited about the mixture of conceptional and creative work in User Experience Design. I joined Zoobe on a recommandation of my friend Pauline – one of Zoobes amazing 2D / 3D artists.
Where are you from and where have you lived?
Berlin is my home town, actually. I’m one of the rare original “Berliner”. I’m born and raised here, lived in Paris for one year after graduating and came back for studying Graphic Design. Occasionally, I’m leaving Berlin for travelling (e.g. 6 month through Asia).
What are you doing, while you aren’t at work? What are your favorite activities/things to do?
In summer, I’m sailing, biking, swimming or playing volleyball. While in winter, I do love to knit, ice-skating & chocolate with almonds. Hanging out with friends, food, travelling, exhibitions, cinema, series, tinkering (little sketch-books) and snapshot photography are my all time favourites.
Could you imagine staying in Berlin your whole life? What are your plans for the future?
I can imagine to stay in Berlin, yes. I really do love “my” city. Obviously, it has all that I need: green woods, many nice lakes, a lot of cultural offers, party life, an authentic atmosphere and my loved ones for sure. I can go out super posh or just in a cozy sweatpants here and won’t feel displaced – that feels authentic to me.
I’d also be happy to live somewhere else for a certain time because I appreciate the new experiences time abroad always implies. But I’d always come back. Berlin is special to me.
Tell me anything interesting about your life.
Before starting at Zoobe, I travelled through Southeast Asia for about 6 months. Most of the time, I travelled alone and had to decide which places to go to, organise transfers from one place to another, keep it all to my budget, deal with bedbugs, blocked bank accounts and so on. Still it was a such great adventure, I saw a lot of amazing places and I had a lot of luck. The most amazing experience were the people I met. While travelling, friendships are short but still intensive because you share very special moments together. I still have moments back here when I suddenly remember a special place, person or atmosphere I saw while travelling.
Check my photos on tumblr if you’re interested: http://patsasiatrip.tumblr.com/
Which type of music do you like? When do you listen to it?
Mainly, I listen to indie, singer songwriter and rock music, I suppose. I grew up with music as my dad is very into music. He used to play in a punk band and did electronic music by himself. Besides, he is a big collector of music and floods me with USB sticks full of music or concert tickets. Last weekend we joined the crowd for Berlins Independent Night. These days, I hear music of BOY, kettcar, Gaslight Anthem, Itchy Poopzkid, Hudson Taylor or Quiet Company while cycling to work, working itself or doing sports.
If you would have to take a one way ticket to somewhere, where would you go to?
While travelling through Asia, I saw a lot of beautiful and unique places – Gili Meno, Seoul, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Kyoto, Okayama, Hue, Ha Long Bay, Xian, Bali. I wish I could show them to my friends and family. But the only city I’d chose with a one way ticket stays Berlin. Here’s where the heart is.
Thanks so much to you Pathie, for giving us an idea about yourself and your work at Zoobe.
You're welcome, catch you later!
Soon you'll find out more about other team members of Zoobe!