Lindsey Gates-Markel

How we replaced our print holiday card with a website, 1,400 LED lights, and support for an invaluable community resource The holidays and New Year inevitably get everyone reflecting on what went well, what didn’t, and how we can improve. So it’s no surprise that when a few Pixo colleagues went out to lunch in early December, the conversation turned not only to ways we can improve Pixo, but to ways we can send big love to our community as well. They decided to focus on the traditional holiday card — something we’ve sent out as a signal of goodwill for years — and turn it on its head.

Lindsey Gates-Markel

Online election guide — We Choose Our Future — won for best UX The second annual PygHack — a 24-hour hackathon at Research Park — took place in September. Just like last year, Pixo had a few hands in the hack. We staffed a table with consultants (and candy!) while the hack took place, and afterward, we judged the final hacks and awarded a Pixo Prize for best user experience (UX).

Lindsey Gates-Markel

And maybe, IDK, transform your entire organization! No problems whatsoever and no missing pieces at all Recently, visual designer Tyler and I sat down with our CEO, Lori. She’d asked for an update on a web redesign project he and I had been blissfully working on. I had done weeks of discovery full of interviews and visits and had filled a wireframe with content design.

Lindsey Gates-Markel

Lindsey Gates-Markel

Lindsey Gates-Markel

Lindsey Gates-Markel

Lindsey Gates-Markel

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re growing! We’ve got several open positions right now, and we already have a new crop of Pixonauts roaming our office, learning the ropes. With all the exciting change happening around here, lately I can’t help but think about the days when I was brand-new to Pixo. It really is a special place to work, and my colleagues were exceptionally helpful and friendly.

Lindsey Gates-Markel

Lindsey Gates-Markel

  Our open office is fraught with distractions… and friendship. My desk at Pixo is covered in a pile of UX and content strategy books, a mug of Papermate Flair pens, art by Zoe Si, a phone that never rings, and a small vase of water (the home of three fuzzy marimo, all named Gary). In eight minutes and forty-three seconds, I’ll allow myself to get up and walk around the room, or scavenge the Pixo Cafe for a mid-afternoon snack.

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