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July 27, 2022 - No Comments!

Meet the Team: Millie

It's time for the second instalment of our new 'Meet the Team' series!

For those just joining us; each month we're sitting down for a quick chit-chat with a beloved member of the Paperclip family.

Today we're saying hello to Millie, our Head of Design. Millie joined us a couple of years ago and has been making the app, our blog and our socials, look beautiful ever since...

Hey Millie! Introduce yourself to the Blogosphere...

Hi there. I'm Millie and I'm the Head of Design here at Paperclip!

Can you tell us a little about your journey? How long have you been here and what did you do before joining PCHQ?

I have been at Paperclip for about 2 years now. Funny story - I did a Trump impression in my interview, it was a bit unorthodox.. but I’m glad it landed well and here I am today! Both before and alongside working for Paperclip, I have worked on design for change campaigns, I guess they would be called ‘passion projects’.

Sounds interesting! Can you tell us a little more?

During the Pandemic, I created a campaign called ‘Skin Colour is not a Symptom’. After hearing that members of the Asian community were getting both verbally and physically attacked due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, I created this mask and photographed Christina (model) wearing it to highlight how incredibly awful and wrong this is and remind people that Skin Colour is not a Symptom. @feminist, an Instagram page with a following of over 6.5 million people, shared and collaborated with me on content relating to this - it was a great feeling knowing that this important message had reached such a wide audience, and hopefully influenced people in a positive way.

From Millie's ‘Skin Colour is not a Symptom’ campaign
That's so cool! So when you're not breaking the Internet, can you tell us what you get up to on a typical day?

I get up, make myself a fresh cuppa then I’m ready to crack on with work for the day. My work days tend to be completely different to one another, sometimes I will be working on UX designs for updates of our App and Website (there are some exciting ones along the way that I can’t talk about just yet). Other days will involve working on campaigns, displays, photography, social media posts - the list goes on! Last week I was over in Warwick at a photoshoot, this week I have been working alongside Nicole (our talented junior designer) on elements for a display for an exciting upcoming launch….

So what do you like most about working at Paperclip?

The team at Paperclip are so easy to get along with, something that I’ve found to be very important when working from home. Our Google Meet socials are always great fun - last time we did 2 truths and a lie, which was very eye-opening…

Indeed it was, but I think some things are best left off the blog! So what are the core values that drive you?

I have a passion for designing for change, and Paperclip perfectly fits in with this. I love the idea of a circular economy, buying second hand and renting items from others rather than contributing to over-consumption. I am constantly thinking of ways that we can intertwine having minimal impact on the environment with everything that I design, so wherever possible I make sure that we use repurposed materials for physical outcomes.P

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? 

My house is a bit of a jungle, so watering and re-potting some of my houseplants usually takes up a bit of time each week! I play a couple of sports too - I’m a GA (goal attack) or WA (wing attack) in Netball and have just started kick-boxing. I started kick-boxing mainly so I can feel safe walking home on my own at night, it’s been great fun though and fab for fitness so it’s a win-win-win!

Can you tell us one thing most people don’t know about you?

I’m a biiiiiig DIYer - I’ll get inspired by something on Instagram or Pinterest and instead of buying it I’ll try and make it myself! I started doing macrame during the first lockdown (making plant holders of course), which then became crocheting, which then became pottery, then starting sewing and altering my own clothes. And now I’m planning on making my own floor rug…

And finally, tell us about your dream holiday?

I’ve always wanted to try scuba diving, so I think I’d go to Australia to see the great barrier reef. I figure that as around 70% of the earth is water, surely I should try and see at least a little part of it (I’d ideally like to avoid any sharks though).

That does indeed sound dreamy! Thanks for taking the time to sit down and chat, Mills.

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Published by: Laurence in Team

July 22, 2022 - No Comments!

Spotlight on: Summer ’22 update

Good evening blogosphere!

We're bringing you another exciting update from PCHQ...

Here at Paperclip, our team are always striving to provide our beloved trading community with best user experience possible. We've been collecting feedback from our users, new and old, to find out what's working well and what we can improve on. We found some potential quick-wins (small tweaks to the platform that'll help our users save time searching and categorising their items) but also some more 'weighty' modifications to the platform that we'll be working on throughout the summer.

That being said, the latest version of Paperclip comes strapped with a load of new features to make the browsing, buying and selling processes quicker and easier than ever before.

User Bios

First off, we have User Bios. This long-awaited addition to the platform has been requested by a number of our top sellers. If you're one of our users who's adding dozens, even hundreds of items, to their social inventory, it's a good idea to let potential buyers know what to expect before they embark on an epic scrolling session.

Likewise, if you're off on your summer hols and want to let buyers you might be a little while getting back to them, this is a perfect place to leave a short note.

As always, we've tried to make the process of setting and changing your bio and quick and easy as possible...

All you need to do is head to your profile and click the 'Settings' tab. If you've updated your app, you'll now see a new option; 'Bio'. Select the option and add up to 120 characters...and yes, emojis are permitted.

User profile items search

You now have ability to search your own and others' for sale and inactive items!

Let's say you're loving a seller's trainer collection, but you want to see if they have a pair of brogues for sale, you can just tap it into the search bar and you'll get your answer straight away.

You can also quickly locate your own items that're for sale or marked as inactive by repeating the process on your own Profile.

Add your item directly to a group

This next update can maximise your chances of finding a new home for your preloved items and save you a heap of time...

Now when you're adding an item for sale, you'll be given the option to add it directly into the groups you own and the ones you are a member of. Rather than having to head over to each group individually and add your items once they've been listed on your profile, now you can do it as part of the 'add item process'. Not only that, but Paperclip will suggest to you a list of groups we think might appreciate the listing.

Paperclip Groups have already proven to be a really effective way of getting your items in front of the right people. They've also helped countless buyers find what their looking for in these micro-marketplace for likeminded individuals.

For a deep dive on Paperclip Groups, check out our Spotlight on: Paperclip Groups blog post from a little while back.

Rest assured, we're not stopping here. We have a whole load of new features in development and another update on the horizon. Make sure you stay tuned to our blog for all the latest news from Paperclip HQ.

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Published by: Laurence in New Feature