It has only been about a year since Alec Singleton joined Points, but his fingerprints can already be found all over our products. In his role as Product Manager, User Experience, Alec is responsible for the entire user experience process across his portfolio of products, and for helping move his designs out of the sketchbook and onto our users’ devices. When he’s not doing that, he’s probably engaged in the pursuit of deliciousness. Read on to hear from Alec, this month’s featured Pointster!
What’s your favorite thing about working at Points?
My favorite thing about working here is how fast we move. I can’t believe it’s only been about a year since I started.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on the Buy, Gift and Transfer (BGT) storefront, the primary member-facing element of BGT; we’re making some pretty exciting updates to its UX that’ll be available soon. I’m also working on what we call the Console. It’s the user interface for the Loyalty Commerce Platform, and will help make the platform accessible to a wide range of users and useful for their needs.
What’s one thing people probably don’t know about your job?
As rational and research-driven as UX is, you never know when your brain is going to do all the hard work for you and hand you a perfectly formed idea while you’re staring into space.
Note to bosses: If I look like I’m daydreaming, I’m definitely actually working.
What’s your favorite place to eat near the Toronto office?
Queen Mother Cafe. Ping gai, ping gai, ping gai.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever done with loyalty points/miles?
Most of my points come from my RBC Visa card. Every single one of them goes into my mortgage. Loyalty will help me pay off my house one of these days.
What is one thing you can’t live without?
My single speed. Weather permitting I’d commute by bike every day of the year. It’s a really relaxing way to bookend the day.
What is the best trip you’ve ever taken?
Paris and Catalunya in 2010. Getting scolded for taking a picture of Foucault’s Pendulum and staying in a Spanish castle really made the honeymoon memorable. Also, it was my honeymoon.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island, what three movies would you bring?
The Fifth Element, Primer, and either season of The Black Mirror.
What makes Points different from other companies you have worked at?
I think the thing that really sets Points apart is how much care it devotes to its employees. I’ve only been here 11 months, but the amount I’ve learned surprises me, and every day I come into work knowing my contribution is valued and helping build something big.
Also, the bike shower.
What’s your greatest weakness?
Anything smoked, salted, or cured.
What’s your favorite way to spend a Friday night?
Smoking, salting, or curing. My fridge usually has something in it I’m trying to make last longer and be tastier.
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