This blog is from January 2019, and we wanted to re-share it now because it talks about some of the design decisions and ideals (still relevant today!) that were made for the very first Talbit version.
Hi, I'm Aleksi Meldo, and I joined Talbit a bit less than a year ago. Before joining the team, I had already met with Kaisa a couple of times in various startup events and programs. We discussed together and shared what we were working on. At the time, I was working on a completely different project. However, I was impressed by the level of thinking and work that Kaisa had already put into formulating Talbit. What truly amazed me about the Talbit concept was the idea of putting the individual development path at the very center — a unique aspect in HR-tools and software. I also shared the frustration Kaisa has had with inefficient development discussions and managing your career development systematically together with your manager.
So, I joined the Talbit team with the intent of helping to bring this great idea into reality. I wanted to put my UX/UI and Design skills to use and help create an HR-tool that would be easy and fun to use for every employee, not just the HR-department.
Design-wise, we wanted Talbit to be fun to use and bring a feeling of lightness, playfulness, and simplicity (at least compared to traditional big HRM-systems, like SAP). The software should always be about supporting the individual's development. Therefore, the design's focal point is the individual development path — a critical defining feature of Talbit.
The initial design decisions of the Path and Profile were made in a couple of workshops together with the whole team and in some customer co-creation sessions. Then by iterating on the design, we arrived at the final result and functionality. The green color palette was chosen because, according to research, it's friendly to eyes, and it gives a light, fresh feeling when coupled with bright supporting colors. It is also Kaisa's favorite color. Green also represents growth and learning — a key aspect of what we aim individuals to achieve by using Talbit.
In the actual front-end coding and design, we use a modified version of Google's Material Design since it's a well-thought-out design system. It is Open Source and can be used freely by pretty much anyone who wants to design a product quickly. There are also many great components and libraries, which can be used when creating a Material Design application.
No design is ever set in stone — it is always changing and evolving according to users' needs and the possibilities of technology. A lot of the decisions and details also come from a deep source of intuition.
What is certain, however, is that the Talbit journey is just getting started. The software and ideology will continue to expand and evolve with the clear intention of enabling the successful growth and learning of individuals from all organizations.
Head of Product & Design, Marketing, Talbit Oy