Farewell Poppulo, What Next?

After nearly 3 great years, my time as a UX/UI designer at Poppulo has ended.

Quite a lot has changed in 3 years. For a bit of context – Poppulo was an email internal communications platform when I joined in 2019 with about 250 employees across Cork & Boston offices. As of June 2022, FWI Poppulo (the new company name after a 2021 merger) employs over 850 people across many locations. The company is well on its way to becoming the omnichannel internal communications platform of the future. Regardless of growth & change, Poppulo is still rightly renowned for its incredible workplace culture, finishing as Great Places to Work's 3rd best medium-size workplace in Ireland in 2021 and 7th in 2020. From day one, it was clear why this was the case. Having such friendly & helpful coworkers made going to work -- or logging in online from home, which was mostly the case -- that much easier. I'd highly recommend Poppulo as an organisation to anyone looking for a fresh start.

I'm proud to have had the opportunity to help shape the design of the world's leading internal communications platform and work as part of a brilliantly progressive design team full of innovation, creativity and attention to detail. Working both as an embedded designer within software engineering teams and as part of a global design team within the product organisation, I was lucky enough to be involved in many high-priority, high-impacting projects & features across many areas of the extensive product. I was also fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work across multiple design disciplines – UX/UI design, user research & even some front-end development. I'll soon be writing about my product design work at Poppulo.

I've grown exponentially as a designer over the last few years. I attribute much of that growth to the many coworkers who helped me along the way at Poppulo. Starting as a relative novice with minimal real-world design experience. I've grown to where I am now as an experienced product designer, albeit still with a healthy amount to learn! I wouldn't be where I am in my career today without Poppulo.

One journey ends, and another begins. Next up, I'll be joining CergenX as a product designer. CergenX is a medical technology start-up that specialises in brain monitoring technology to identify newborn infants that are most at risk. It's an exciting opportunity in a field that I have much interest in. I'm optimistically anxious to see what the future has in store!