By David Zandman, Senior Content Designer
Historically, hiring someone required a bit of a leap of faith. You could talk to them, like them, be impressed with their resume — but still not know whether they could actually handle the day-to-day work for the new role. So-called ‘take-home’ assignments were designed to fix that. Still rare (or unnecessary) in many industries, they’re a standard step in the interview process for many roles in tech, from coding to writing to design.
Used primarily to evaluate a candidate’s craft, these assignments have become polarizing among the parties involved. Recruiters and hiring managers…
By Dan Shilov, Senior Product Designer
Each day, Instacart customers rely on getting their orders delivered to them promptly. Getting an order from a store to a house is no small feat. Behind the scenes, careful coordination and hand offs mark every step of the process. Throughout this journey we want to help our customers feel confident and secure about their order. At the same time we need to strike the right balance in showing just enough info without being overwhelming.
In late 2019, myself and John Salaveria joined forces to tackle this project. This was a massive undertaking and…
How the Instacart research team adapted to the unprecedented challenges of 2020.
By Shreya Gupta, Research Manager
At the beginning of each year, our research team takes time to reflect on the things we need to achieve, and what creates the most value for our customers and business. 2020 began the same way — we planned out the year ahead and created our roadmap on what we needed to accomplish.
But you don’t need me to tell you that 2020 was different.
As the world began to quarantine, everything that comprised a typical day or week became an unexpected obstacle…
After one full year into a pandemic that’s changed both the world at large and the world of work, there are many lessons to look back on. One of those lessons is that you don’t need to bring people into the same physical space to foster a sense of connection.
During the last 12 months, we’ve been working hard to serve our customers and maintain team cohesion as we shelter apart. Instacart Design Talks, a virtual interview series between innovative trailblazers and our own Design leadership team, has been a welcome constant to look forward to. …
by Himani Amoli
Shoppers are the backbone of Instacart’s business. Every day, we’re energized by being able to help them serve customers more effectively and support their learning and development to build a long-term relationship.
In their offline workflow, they encounter back-to-back, real world variables. For instance, a grocery store can carry as many as 50,000 products in its inventory at any given time, many of which change day by day, minute by minute. In stores, shoppers carefully choose customers’ requested items and make quality replacements that align with what the customer is looking for.
Acknowledging that parts of their…
By Dan Shilov, Senior Product Designer
In January 2021, in addition to designing at Instacart, I took on a new responsibility — teaching a graduate level UX Portfolio course at University of Maryland. Having mentored designers previously and written a book about design interviewing, I was looking forward to expanding how I was contributing to the design community.
A lot has changed this year at Instacart.
As the Covid-19 pandemic forced us all to rethink how we buy groceries and essential goods, our business has undergone structural, operational, and cultural changes to adapt and continue to serve our customers.
Internally, we’ve navigated several shifts as well. Like many companies, our employees used to work together, face-to-face at our office. And like many companies, the pandemic has required us to learn how to operate 100% remotely. …
We just welcomed Elizabeth Ferrall-Nunge to Instacart Design as our new Head of Research. Elizabeth comes to us from Twitter, where she led the company’s research team, and Google before that, where she was a UX Researcher on Google Maps. At Instacart, she’ll scale the research team that gets to the heart of what busy families, dedicated shoppers, retailers and advertisers want from our products and our brand.
Research at Instacart has a direct and meaningful impact on our mission to create a world where everyone has access to the food they love and more time to enjoy it together…
We’re excited to announce that seasoned design leader Jason James has joined Instacart as our VP of Design. Jason comes to us from Thumbtack, where he grew the design team six-fold. In his new role, Jason will chart the evolution of our products and brand as the leader of our Product Design and Brand teams, along with our Research team.
You’ve got a career spanning agencies, B2B tech, and online marketplaces. Can you give us a bit of background on how you evolved from a graphic designer and video producer/editor to where you are today?
Designing a new product and shopping experience from the ground up.
Contributors: Senior Product Designers Andressa Bougleux and Dan Shilov
Imagine: It’s late in the afternoon when Carol realizes she forgot to buy fish for Taco Tuesday dinner with her kids. She’s still at work, so she opens the Instacart app, finds the ingredients she needs, and schedules a pickup order at a store that’s on the way home.