Drivemode on a phone
Group 8

Up Close

A Day in
the Life of a
Drivemode
Designer

One of our designers, Johnny Ting, will walk you through what he’s typically doing on a normal day at the office. Let’s jump into his shoes!

8:00AM – 8:15 AM

Wake up, read the morning headlines on Google News, and drink a glass of water.

8:15AM – 8:40 AM

Do some light stretching before hopping into shower and getting ready for work.

8:40AM

Leave the house and walk to the King Street Caltrain Station to make the 8:57am train. If I’m lucky and get a bunch of green lights on my walk over, I can grab a cup of coffee at Philz on Berry Street.

8:57AM – 9:30AM

On the train from San Francisco to our office in Redwood City. This is a great time to go through Slack to see if there are any messages from our engineering team in Tokyo, answer any important emails from our partners, or read a novel (currently reading “Quiet” by Susan Cain). The morning train ride is a perfect way to start my morning since It’s 30-45 minutes of uninterrupted quiet time.

Johnny tries curling for the first time at a Drivemode team retreat.
Johnny tries curling for the first time at a Drivemode team retreat.

9:30AM – 9:45AM

Walk from the Caltrain Station to the office. Many days I’ll see a friend (like my buddy Steven who works nearby) jumping off the train in a different car, and we’ll chat it up and figure out a time to get lunch together. Redwood City is a wonderful town filled with great restaurants, so going out for a meal with friends and coworkers is always a plus.

10:00AM – 12:30PM

Get to the office, and get my day going. I usually have two options for my mornings in the office:

  • Option A:
    Have a one-on-one meeting with Jeff (Head of Product Management) or Yo (our CEO) to discuss any relevant product improvements or user issues that need to be addressed. We will sit in front of a white board or sketch things out at a conference table. These meetings usually end with us laughing about some crazy idea we came up with that we should AB test.
  • Option B:
    Have a design review over new product features with one of our designers. This usually consists of pinning up work, or sharing new screen flows in prototypes. We will have drive days where we jump into a vehicle and test our product on the road.

12:30PM – 1:30PM

Lunch. I usually go out to eat with a friend or coworker. Vesta for pizza or ramen at Orenchi are always good choices!

1:30PM – 4:30PM

I will have uninterrupted design time from after lunch until our evening meetings. I’ll outline, draw by hand, or design on my computer. Most days I’ll be creating things in Sketch, and preparing to send Zeplin projects to our engineering team.

Sometimes the best design discussions are away from the desk—Oftentimes we go for a walk around the block.

4:30PM – 5:00PM

Take a short walk around the block. Grab a snack, a coffee, or just loosen up those back muscles!

5:30PM – 6:30PM

Evening meetings. We will either have alignment meetings between departments, or refinement meetings where we make sure our product launches are going in the right direction.

6:30PM

Leave the office to catch the 6:50pm Caltrain back to San Francisco.

6:50PM – 7:33PM

On the train. Will answer all my end-of-day emails, or finish up any conversations on Slack with team members.

7:45PM – 10:00PM

Home! Time to decompress and have dinner with my wife. We will usually watch an old comedy and laugh our night away.

10:00PM – 11:00PM

Bedtime. I will usually spend 10-15 minutes in bed looking over the next day's schedule to see if there’s anything I need to prepare. After, I will turn my phone to silent and read a book. Sleep!

Join Us

Design
Jobs