DESIGNER // FRONT-end engineer
I'm so happy to have Claire Tauziet on People over Heroes this week. She's definitively one of a kind!
Born and raised in France, she discovered the design field pretty late in her life, but she immediately fell in love with pixels. She's now a Designer and a Front-end Engineer, and she loves being in charge when it comes to give life to her designs.
Claire is one of the most positive person I've ever met and also one of my closest friends in San Francisco. Her laugh is contagious and she can cheer you up even in the worst situations.
I admire her because of her big heart and her positivism and also because she taught me how to cook delicious Mac N' Cheese ;)
Can you describe your path to get into design?
I studied design at school, but really though I needed a master degree and decided to get one in advertising at a communication school. While I was studying, I kept designing as a freelancer. Once I graduated, I was offered a full time job as a media-planner at the company I had interned with.
I was still doing some design on the side, on my own projects or doing freelance work. I wanted to continue having fun designing stuff.
But it's only when I moved to San Francisco that I started looking for a full time job as a designer. And this is how I’ve been working as a Product Designer at Fliptop for the last 2 years.
"When I finally transitioned into design, I immediately knew it was the right thing for me."
You’re both a designer and a front-end engineer, I guess you don’t want to choose between these two competences right?
Being both a designer and a front-end engineer is something that I've found quite useful and satisfying. I especially like being able to give life to my designs, but it also means that when the final result doesn't look exactly like my mockups, I know who to blame for it.
"I also like eating chips. A lot. If you want to see me with a really big smile on my face, just give me
Would you say that you’re doing your dream job?
Yes. And I feel very fortunate because I’m not sure that a lot of people can say that.
I can really say that it's my dream job with confidence, as up until a few years ago I was working as a media-planner in the advertising industry. Pretty boring. And when I finally transitioned into design, I immediately knew it was the right thing for me. Moving shapes around on a screen, and trying to associate green and pink was my destiny :)
Do you have another super secret passion?
Of course. A life without any passion would be sad. My other true passion is horse-riding. I started when I was really young (maybe when I was 4 years old) and I’ve never stopped since then.
I also like eating chips. A lot. If you want to see me with a really big smile on my face, just give me some chips.
How/when did you realize that designing was your destiny?
You never really know when that happens. It just does.
When I started to work as a full-time designer, people around me noticed that I was feeling happier. I was doing on a daily basis what I really liked to do: designing.
I was also getting really good feedback about my work, which made me feel like I was doing the right thing. I guess that's when I realize I was going to do that for a while.
Who was your favorite superhero/villain growing up? Why?
Without any hesitation: SUPERMAN. This guy can fly and he has super powers... Also because I watched all the episodes of Superman after school when I was a child. With my older sister we really loved watching Lois and Clark, eating some Nutella just before our parents came back home after work.
You know that Batman has his Batcave and Superman his Fortress of Solitude. What's your favorite place/environement to do what you love?
My Fortress of Solitude is probably my bed. This is my second favorite place to go - right after The Container Store ;).
I sometimes eat my breakfast from my bed, I work, I watch TV shows... and I spend some good times in it.
Working from your bed is probably not something you want to brag about in front of your boss, but it's a good way to never stop working. You can just wake up and start working right away, with no commute.
But when I’m not working from my bed, I’m usually working from a coffee shop in San Francisco. I like the atmosphere of these places, the music playing in the background, the noise of the coffee machines, people typing on their computers... it makes me feel inspired and focused on the work I have to do.
Do you have a favorite object, like a lucky charm or something that really matters to you?
*Laughing* This is going to be a little awkward. My lucky charm is actually not an object but a number. I'm pretty superstitious, and I can't setup an alarm if the time doesn't end with a 7. Which means I have to set it up for 6:57 if I want to wake up at 7.
What superpower do you wish you had and why?
Flying. I fly almost every night in my dreams. Could you imagine? It would be the end of Uber if I could fly.
What is your personal Kryptonite?
Language. I'm French (as you may have noticed), and often I wish I was able to say the exact word I have in mind... but it won't come out. I've been living in the US for more than 2 years now, so I hope my Kryptonite won't be one anymore soon enough.
Who would you choose as a sidekick to fulfill your passion in the real life? Why?
My husband and I are both designers. So I already have my sidekick.
I often show him what I’m working on, he does the same, and we can grow together and be better at what we do. I’m convinced that working as a team will always be better than working alone.
What is your definition of a modern hero?
For me, a modern hero is someone who’s not afraid of taking risks.
Can you name 3 persons who inspires you everyday? Your very own heroes.
▸ Firstly, I would say Christophe (my husband). I saw him growing so fast and becoming such an amazing designer that I can not not be inspired by him.
▸ Then I would say Jeremy Goldberg, product designer at Facebook and one of my close friends. This guy is young, smart, humble and so talented at the same time. He is one of these modern hero.
▸ The third one would be you Roxane. You are an amazing woman with a lot of imagination and motivation. You’re a strong woman who doesn’t know it and I like that in you. So you inspire me as well :)
One more thing…Mask or Cape?
Cape. It looks better when you fly.