Today is July 14, which is Bastille Day for all you francophiles and history buffs. So to mark the occasion of France’s “fête nationale”, we’re taking a moment to sit down and break baguettes with Guillaume, Clio’s Product Design Lead who originally hails from Nice in southern France.
Although he is an artist at heart, Guillaume does (way) more than design and draw. Collaborating with our designers and a few other teams, he makes sure that Clio’s user experience is always ahead of other legal software and is continuously improving based on data, research, and most importantly, your insight and feedback. If you drop by Guillaume’s desk, you might find him doing anything from checking analytics to answering critical emails, to doing user research, to creating prototypes. Or, he might not be at his desk at all—which means he’s either in a meeting or playing Street Fighter II at our arcade. Sidenote: Guillaume is one of the top SF2 challengers in the office. Watch out.
Beside Clio’s work-hard-play-hard culture, what inspires Guillaume most is the team that he works with. “I have the chance to work with some really talented people on a product that we all truly care about. That inspires me to get up every day and do good work.” Being from France also gives Guillaume a wider perspective when it comes to problem-solving, and gets him thinking about how to market Clio to our French customers. Which is great, because we’re secretly planning to add him to our international expansion team when Clio revolutionizes the way “la loi” is practiced in France. (If you’re reading this, Guillaume, just kidding.)
Guillaume’s perfect Clioday? “First I’d get up early, then draw, have a good breakfast, and go climbing with the family. Get home for lunch and read for a bit while the kids take a nap. After they get up, it’s time to go out and play… then grab some groceries for a healthy dinner and put the kids to bed early. By now it’s 7:30, the sun is setting, there’s some great music in the background, and I’m having a glass of wine on my patio. Voila.” Sounds good to us!