AWS designers: your experience

Microsoft Silentium
Jul 20, 2018 7 Comments

How was the interview process?

Overall pros/cons?

Creative space and support?

How different from past experiences?

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  • Amazon / Design D371Gn
    Was an internal transfer.

    Pros:
    You’ll learn a lot about cloud. Close exposure to phenomenal engineers. Witness the creation of some awesome technology, and possibly influence (not likely)

    Cons:
    Terrible design system
    Extremely bureaucratic and tedious
    Shaky support for UX
    Weak design managers, many of whom are just failed engineers

    Space & support:
    None to speak of. I found the AWS design community to be boring. Not nearly as engaged as it used to be, and it didn’t used to be all that great to begin with. Never felt a lot of passion for the work, or for doing great design.

    Where are you now and who else are you talking to? I would rank this bottom of your list, unless you’re just really wanting to learn cloud. I came into AWS with reasonably high hopes and find it increasingly frustrating.
    Jul 28, 2018 5
    • Microsoft ☠️pirate
      Designers with past cloud experience - are there any of those there? Would previous experience help?
      Jul 30, 2018
    • Amazon / Design D371Gn
      Previous experience might help, or it might just irritate you more. I know of one designer who had experience at another cloud service and he expressed frustration at the new design system that’s taken over. But before that, he appreciated the speed of AWS.
      Jul 30, 2018
    • Microsoft ☠️pirate
      Good to know.

      Are the engineering teams collaborative with design? Sounds like there isn’t much room to influence as you had mentioned
      Jul 30, 2018
    • Amazon / Design D371Gn
      Depends. Really depends. In my case, it’s a hard “sometimes.” Basically the process looks like this:

      1. There’s a document written about a new service or feature. It’s reviewed and revised. A lot.

      2. You get a bar-raiser to review the doc

      3. You and the PM and SDM review the doc with the central design team. Who knows who from that team will show up, or if they know anything about your customers or service

      4. You design stuff. You review it with managers, PMs, engineers, directors. You go back and forth with the central design team. Again, who knows which people from the team will participate or if they know that much.

      5. You get shit coded. You review it again with the central design team. Possibly some back and forth again.

      It’s not overall what I would call a collaborative environment. Several strong designers have left. The feedback I’ve heard on the new design system from external sources ranges from indifferent to negative.

      Before you consider going there, maybe message me privately here.
      Jul 30, 2018
    • Microsoft ☠️pirate
      Thanks!
      Jul 31, 2018
  • Amazon / Design MiddleWest
    Wouldn’t bother with AWS as a designer. The new style guide is lame and the process is riddled with arbitrary approval-gating. Just a frustrating place to be.
    Aug 4, 2018 0