Coffee with Melissa Stolberg – Employee Interview Series
A lot of interesting people work at Oneview, and we love to get to know them. We recently had a chat with Melissa Stolberg, Senior Product Designer. Here’s how it went.
What is your role at Oneview?
I am a Senior Product Designer – currently working on Oneview’s Senior Living product. I design the user flows through the applications and the “look” of the apps. I try to figure out what the user needs to accomplish and how they are going to get where they want to go using the software. I am also an advocate for the end user when there are disagreements about how to proceed. My goal is to make things easier to use, less confusing and easy to see.
What drew you to work at Oneview?
I was working as a contractor in a project at Intel in Leixlip and our project was cancelled, sadly. The Intel project was about education, and it felt nice to be designing something that was supposed to help someone, instead of just selling things. I knew little about healthcare when I started but I’ve received a huge education since. It’s nice to know that solving a problem actually makes a difference to someone.
What have you gained from working at Oneview?
I have learned a lot here about UX (User Experience) and UI (User Interface) and different OS (Operating Systems) platforms and their patterns. I’ve learned a lot about the challenges in healthcare. And I’ve learned how to workshop with co-creators. You never stop learning in design.
What is on your wish list for the next 5 years?
Professionally, I want to expand my design platform knowledge to include smart TVs and I also want to do more work on micro-interaction animations, although in enterprise software you have to be subtle with them so you don’t distract or interrupt the workflow. Outside of work, I’ve never seen the Aurora Borealis in person, so that’s on my list
If you could switch your job with anyone else within Oneview whose job would you want?
I don’t think I could do anything that wasn’t design-related so I wouldn’t want to switch with anyone. Unless we had a “Happy Stress-free Roomful of Puppies,” in which case I’d be in charge of that.
What advice do you have for prospective Oneview employees?
Be ready to learn on the job!
What is your proudest moment at Oneview?
The outpatient mobile phone app I worked on won an award – that was pretty cool. I am currently doing co-design with a client and it’s always gratifying when I present an iteration and they like the solution and it solves their problem.
Before working at Oneview what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
A long time ago I did web design for a children’s science education outreach programme for NASA and the University of California at Berkley. That was fascinating. I learned a lot about space science and met lots of interesting people from astrophysicists to teachers. Every day on my way to the office, I would pass by a room in which a satellite was being built.
Tell us something about yourself that would surprise your colleagues reading this.
I love film noir and especially all the lingo from those 1940s films. I consider the Renaissance painter Caravaggio to be the grandfather of film noir because he basically invented telling a visual story with overly dramatic lighting. It’s the same reason I also like expressionist cinema and Almodovar films – everything visual is exaggerated. I don’t apply this to UI, though! It’s something that benefits paintings, films and art, not software.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like art, films, animals, dancing, films, bird-watching and disappearing into a book.
What is your motto or personal mantra?
“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx