At Airbnb, technology became my medium to tell a story. I learned how to advocate for those who are underrepresented in the tech industry and myself.
What did I do?
• Moved between three different teams at Airbnb.
• Audited the current Airbnb Plus experience on mobile and web.
• Redesigned the global footer for Airbnb on web.
• Focused on systems thinking through the concepting of their future design system and by crafting components for designers.
• Found my passion in storytelling, while crafting a presentation to discuss my journey at Airbnb and how it strengthened my values.
A quick overview of my journey there
At Airbnb, I would be facing the things I was not so good at and finding opportunities for growth. I would develop my visual design skills and become an advocate through my work. Finding my voice in visual design, meant facing insecurities and finding sources of inspiration.
Where it all started
At SCAD, I would face my first design challenge. A 3 hour design challenge with the theme of aiding international students during their transition in college.
I was lucky enough to work with an incredible group of two illustration artists and a UX designer and win 1st place. Our collaboration would highlight my skills in collaboration, problem solving and storytelling.
Remote design challenge
During my interview process I was assigned another design challenge. Here I would develop a feature for Airbnb where people could donate to non-profits.
Here I could demonstrate my raw visual and interaction design skills to the interviewers. Which at the time was a huge opportunity for growth. This would then be my focus at Airbnb.
Redesigning Airbnb's footer (Project De Piso Arriba).
With visual design and craft at the core of Airbnb. I knew from the beginning of my assignment to redesign the global footer of airbnb.com, I would reshape my skills from the ground up.
Redesigning the footer would allow me to question every design choice, find sources of inspiration and tell a story through the design. I would use labels, links, visual hierarchy, and colors, to craft a design led by inspiration. The footer would be my latest work of art and a story of growth that I could happily share with others.
Thank You Airfam ❤️
My work is NDA protected, please contact me if you are interested in learning more about my experience interning at Airbnb. Meanwhile, you can enjoy pictures of me and my friends throughout our journey above.