Summer 2022 & 2021 • Product Design Intern

I previously worked at ByteDance and helped designing and globalizing Lark.

What I Learned

About My Internship

Role

Product Design Intern

Lark Design - Global & Innovation

UX Design Intern

Lark Design - Beijing

Timeline

May – Aug '22
12 Weeks

May – Aug '21
12 Weeks

Skills

Product Thinking
User Research & Testing
UI / UX Design

Tools

Figma
After Effects
Lark

Brief

I previously interned at ByteDance as Product / UX designer and helped to build the future of Feishu / Lark, worked on the globalization effort of the service, and provide better experience to millions of toB users.

Designing at ByteDance was such a refreshing experience for me, especially having the experience of working both in mainland China and the US. I was honored to collaborate with talented PMs, designers, and engineers and participate in multiple quality-of-life and feature updates as well as exciting confidential design projects.

Lark IM - Rich Text Formatting

2021
More stuff are still under NDA :(

If you’d like to learn more about my experience and what I recently designed at Lark, please contact me and let's have a chat!

Challenges & Learnings

Adapting to New Toolsets and Ecosystem

Working at ByteDance means you have to cooperate with different departments, and it is always essential for designers to act as a middle man and help the teams collaborate while producing thoughtful insights.

As a newcomer to the team, you have to get familiar with all the toolsets like design systems and workflows FAST. You also have to communicate with all the team members as often (or necessary) as possible to align your projects' goals, business-wise and experience-wise.

Learn the Needs & Break the Status Quo

During the process of brainstorming the confidential project, I had the opportunity to communicate with the leader of Lark Design and experiment with different solutions beyond the scope of traditional product thinking.

As the project pushes forward, I learned the essence of presenting the solution persuasively: A novel design should always address the needs clearly and be backed by numerous provings. The premise of breaking the status quo should always be clear needs, goals, and processes.

Be Confident and Have Your Standpoints

The independent thinking process for a designer is always vital. During the process of adapting to the workflow, I had some hard times determining whether I could do certain things or not.

But at the end of the day, design is always about exchanging ideas and finding the best solutions. So don't be afraid to speak out your voices. Presenting your ideas and the reason for your design choices and giving fellow designers thoughtful critiques are always the best ways to improve your design ability.

Lots of Love and Thanks ❤️

To my mentors, Ling and Zhaoyuan, and team leaders Bing and Yichen, for giving me the opportunity to learn and continuous guidance; To my amazing partners Yuzhen, Tony, Jie and Tianyu, for the amazing collaboration and insightful feedback; and to all the members at Lark Design - Global and Innovation and Lark Design - Beijing, for all the help and amazing experience! Hope to see you all in the future~

Lark Design - Global and Innovation Team
Lark Design - Beijing Team
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