“Sponsoring the Vancouver UX Awards is a way for us to show that we care about this community,” said Allen Pike, founder, and CEO of Steamclock. “It’s really important to contribute and participate in your local ecosystem, which is why I’m excited to get us involved this year.”
Steamclock is a mobile app design and development studio based out of Gastown. Their clientele is made up of technology companies and established brands that specifically prioritize UX. Allen and his team have built a culture where designers, developers, and project managers think of UX as a core value and a project requirement, not just a nice to have. Therefore, partnering with clients who share this perspective makes the work that much more meaningful.
Something Allen is particularly proud of is that the designers at Steamclock have a strong understanding of development, and the developers a strong understanding of design. This has been a key to Steamclock’s success. “Everyone is pulling in the same direction. Not everybody can attend every meeting, so when developers become design advocates, they can push back on proposals that compromise user experience,” says Allen. “This culture allows everyone to work more efficiently, and towards a better final product.”
This also ties into Allen’s goal of developing a well-rounded team. Look at Steamclock’s ‘About’ page and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a traditional job title. This is a deliberate effort to create an environment where everybody wears multiple hats. As a smaller studio, it gives people an opportunity to learn about adjacent roles and pursue interests they wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity to.
Learning from your peers is something Allen’s team feels is especially important. The Vancouver User Experience Awards provides a space where like-minded individuals can come together, learn from one another, and strengthen their connections. “We live, work, and hire in this community,” says Allen. “We’re excited to be part of an event that supports local institutions.”