Collaboration is one of our core values at Handsome. Everybody on our design team is talented in whatever silo they own; it’s why we hired them. We also know that the emphasis we place on our teams in talking it out, sketching together, and helping each other in their respective areas makes for great team building, more well-rounded designers, and overall better products.
Our belief in the value of collaboration goes hand in hand with our value in the growth and development of everyone on our team. We all want to grow as designers and to facilitate the right environment for one another to do just that; we truly believe that an open and welcome sense of collaboration enhances our culture and our products. Over the years, we’ve consistently reflected on how we’ve intentionally fostered this conversation into our design process. Here’s a look into our structure and the experience which has helped Handsome grow into a culture of collaboration.
Hiring the right people
We hire like-minded people who strive to constantly grow and learn not only as designers but as people. We’ve learned, through trial and error, how to begin to suss out the right people by honing our interview process. Structured to understand how well a potential candidate may accept feedback, we start to gain a sense of how inquisitive or open a candidate is about their own work.Instead of concentrating on the final deliverable, we put a strong emphasis on understanding the process that went into creating the work.
We’ve iteratively built our interview process to understand these attributes about each candidate on a macro level. Our “outside of the box” process also showcases the creativity and thoughtfulness valued at Handsome. If a candidate isn’t curious or responsive during an interview, they probably are not a great fit.
Structuring the design organization
Intense collaboration on our teams was born out of intention. We structured our design organization in a way that outlines core competencies for every discipline and highlights where the disciplines merge. Creating this understanding allows us to push collaboration when we know there is a discipline overlap.