Senior Product Designer, Consumer Product Design
Kenny finds design inspiration in everyday places and occurrences, from seamless restaurant transactions to broken escalators at L stops.
What’s your favorite Groupon memory?
Shortly after I joined Groupon, the Design team held a two-day offsite outside of Seattle. Think Twin Peaks. Each day was spent solving problems collaboratively but more importantly, it was time for our co-located teams to hang out and build relationships.
What was your first impression of Groupon?
Sometime back in 2009 or 2010, I remember signing up for Groupon because I could do fun things for less money. I was in college, we’d go bowling, it was great.
So tell us about what you do every day.
On the consumer product design team, I collaborate with product managers, engineers, and marketers to design the experience and interface our users will interact with on the web and in the app. Currently, I’m working to bring Delivery & Takeout offerings to our users through the Groupon and GrubHub partnership. This project offers a unique perspective on process because we are collaborating with a full team of designers, engineers, and product managers at Grubhub. We’re taking our respective strengths to accomplish a common goal.
…and what do your parents think you do?
I’ve worked mostly on Groupon To Go. So, they think I make mobile phones bring you food. Not inaccurate.
What’s unique about Design at Groupon?
The culture within our team is one of support. Previously I’ve worked where high levels of competition exist and barriers were formed. Our team works to lift each other up whether it be through weekly feedback meetings or through skill-sharing sessions to teach one another.
How does your work impact Groupon’s mission of building the daily habit in local commerce?
Here’s a scenario. Say Jess wants to celebrate meeting a tight deadline with her employees by bringing in donuts and coffee from a specialty shop nearby, Oh Nuts Donuts. She decides to check Groupon to see if a deal is available, unfortunately, one is not, however. Luckily, Jess notices Groupon is offering delivery from Oh Nuts Donuts. Without thinking twice, she places an order for delivery to the office knowing this will shave about 30 minutes off her morning commute. Working with Groupon To Go and now the Grubhub integration is drastically increasing the inventory and therefore restaurant selection we have to offer our customers.
What’s your favorite local business?
Happy Village. A small local bar that has been in business for 50+ years with a great back patio but most of all a place for those of us who enjoy table tennis to play. I also vote there.
Tell us something about you that would surprise us.
I used to work at Fedex. I was a package destroyer.
What are your design influences?
Like most, I follow quite a few design-related blogs but I find inspiration through just about everything I interact with on a daily basis—how I pay with a credit card at a restaurant or how that escalator never really broke, it only became a set of stairs to the L platform.
What’s been most surprising about working here?