Elli, a brand of Volkswagen, is a company that provides energy and charging solutions to private consumers and businesses. One of the products Elli offers, and the one I worked with mostly, is the Elli app which allows electric car drivers to charge their cars at public stations or at home. The app is currently available in Germany on the App Store and Play Market.

For 8 months, I did an internship at Elli as UX Researcher and was happy to work in a friendly environment where user always has a seat at the table. …

In recent years, we keep getting messages that companies are looking to hire T-shaped, X-shaped or even broken-comb-shaped (is that even a word?) professionals. Although that might be a bit confusing, all of those terms broadly relate to generalists — people who obtained skills and knowledge from several fields or disciplines rather than one, as opposed to specialists.

What seems to have changed the landscape dramatically is David Epstein’s book Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World building on top of numerous studies in sports, music, science, and other fields — and brilliantly demonstrating what the benefit of being…

Introducing mixed-method approach and changing perspectives

Elli, a brand of Volkswagen, is a company that provides energy and charging solutions to consumers and businesses. One of the products Elli offers, and the one I worked with mostly, is Elli app which allows electric car drivers to charge their cars at public stations or at home. The app is currently available in Germany on App Store and Play Market.

On my 8-month journey as UX Research Intern at Elli, I went through a researcher’s ups and downs — but also learned a great deal about what works in user research (and what doesn’t 🙂).

During my internship…

In my recent projects, I had a lot of lessons to learn about communication. It’s impressive how many jobs and tasks rely on communication but it’s even more impressive how many misunderstandings and problems are caused by it. I had a chance to compare how communication works in user research and agile coaching, in corporations and startups, in hierarchical and flat environments.

Because I feel like ‘communication’ is a term so overused and distorted, I would prefer to call it ‘the art of understanding’ — in the end, that’s what it is all about, right? Being so much focused on…

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My team e-movation at Digital Product School

It all started with an interview. You can say that every project, job or study program in your life start with an interview but can you always predict what an exciting story comes after it? When approaching Design Offices in Werksviertel in Munich for my interview, I already felt something big coming… Stop, no spoilers! Let’s start again from the beginning.

Actually, it had started even earlier than my interview at Digital Product School. I found this exciting program for students and graduates where I could try the role of a designer in a cross-functional team and I clearly remember…

Switzerland without mountain views

When I say Switzerland, you would definitely shout out The Alps! Anyway, Zürich, second-largest city in the entire country is not only about that. What is more, it’s not even about Swiss watches and happy retirees. Zürich surprises you with teal-water lake, human-size swans, and vegetarian paradise (more on that later).

Old city

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The view from Lindenhof

During our 3-day long stay in Barcelona, we decided to dedicate one day to visit Montserrat. Undoubtedly, this was the best experience we had in this journey.

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Monastery amidst the mountains

Located 50 km north-west from Barcelona, Montserrat monastery is surrounded by majestic mountains that attract millions of tourists yearly. On the cable road, we could already see the beautiful views of weirdly-shaped mountains, but it was just one of a thousand stunning views we enjoyed that day. The monastery itself looked in harmony with the nature around it.

Myroslava Domanitska

I write stories about my experiences and lessons learned in UX and product. https://www.linkedin.com/in/myroslava-domanitska/

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