A design test for the biggest design agency

Fantasy is one of those places that every designer would wanted to work. Back in 2014, they were selecting freelance designers and I took a shot at it.

My Role

Designer freelancer aiming to the moon.

What was the test

First, they looked at my portfolio and decided to send me a test. That was awesome just because... then, the test had 3 options: re-think CNN's video experience, re-design IMDb's movie page, or re-design Amazon's product page.

I chose IMDb's one...


IMDb in 2014

This was IMDb's movie page back then and it's not worth to mention all the problems I see here, but, the major ones IMHO was:

  • Small images - if I'm looking for a movie I want to see great images, trailers, and all the media it could have
  • People who like this also liked - this is super relevant to me to be up there
  • Image gallery - really?

First designs...

I'm always not a fan of what I do first. This a Daniel thing. Always try at least 3 designs to start working hard on the rest of the project.

And on this particular project (if I can call like that) I reached some of my designer friends to get some feedback.


After some feedback...

When I reached some friends they helped me a lot to gather info and details where I could make the design to stand out more. Fantasy is known for its detailed and pixel perfect designs and this was what I tried to do.

Attention to every element on the canvas, to font kerning, drop shadows, font-sizes, call-to-actions, and etc.

The decision

Although they said they liked what I did, and to move forward with me as one of their freelancers, I never got a chance to work with them. But worthed every minute I worked on this design test and the best of all was the feedback from Fantasy.


Daniel de Paola

Toronto, Canada

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