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As part of a two person Fellowship team, we built a website where Jackson area residents can view the inspection violations on
rental properties to get a better idea of which properties to rent or buy. On this project, I was hired to be the lead user experience professional, but also fulfilled the product manager, graphic designer, copywriter, and community liaison roles as well. The other Fellow was the technical lead and handled the bulk of the coding/programming.
My main learning objective in this internship was to get experience dealing with real-world set-backs and complications that cannot be really experienced in the classroom, and this project certainly gave me experience with that. This project tested by flexibility and taught me the value of documenting and planning out projects while also being malleable enough to adapt to new circumstances or in response to issues.
This project, as a whole, is a compromise between the ideal and the possible. There are lots of things I wish could have been better, but I am really happy with what we were able to deliver.
Taking the lessons of this project into the future, I will be a much stronger UX professional. I will be able to avoid many of the pitfalls and set-backs that plague new researchers/designers who have not worked on projects outside of the student bubble. I am also taking forward a stronger understanding of inter-team communication and sharper design skills.