DataGrail’s Employee Spotlight series highlights the person behind the professional, digging deep and discovering what drives our team members.
This week’s spotlight features Jen Driggers. Jen received her Bachelor’s in Graphic Design from George Mason University and previously worked as a product and UX designer at KeepSafe Software and Simple Focus. Jen is excited to take the reins on designing the visual aspects of DataGrail’s products and solutions going forward.
What excites you about joining the DataGrail team?
I’m excited to be a part of a team that helps secure data protection for so many users. Data privacy is both a modern and future concern in which privacy tools will only continue to develop. I’m thrilled to work on a tool that positively impacts the workflow of so many users, and of course, it’s very humbling to join a team of such hard-working, passionate people.
What’s your role at DataGrail, and how do you see yourself growing over the next 2 years?
I’m the Senior UX Designer, and in the next two years, I hope to grow in several ways. In general, I’m interested in the privacy space and developing a more sophisticated understanding as it evolves. I’m on track to become a leading and empathetic advocate for our customers, and I want to further improve my craft by working on impactful solutions that resonate with my team.
What originally sparked your interest in graphic design?
Design is both flexible and powerful. To be honest, when I started with it, I mostly viewed graphic design as art. However, after sticking with it for just a short time, I saw how design opens doors and opportunities for meaningful communication. Design teaches and is found everywhere.
What is your favorite part of working as a lead designer for software products?
My favorite part of being a designer is how it constantly challenges me to grow. Design leads to thinking broadly, being empathetic, and developing invaluable critical thinking skills. Aside from that, I like working with people on building tools. I will always enjoy affecting what happens when someone “pushes a button”; even more than that, I like the process of working with others on what happens after that button is pushed.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
If I could learn to do anything, piloting a spaceship would be at the top of my list. I’m always up for a good adventure.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my free time, I enjoy Muay Thai, visiting family and friends, pondering about what my dog is thinking, reading books, taking classes, and going on road trips.