As a young college graduate, I knew I wanted to make the transition from a Graphic Design major into the UX field. That is why in the fall of 2019 I registered for a UX Bootcamp as a means to fill my designer toolbox with more UX-centered methods and tools.
As those three months flew by, my toolbox became heavier and heavier. I started to feel as though I was a UX Designer and no longer a Graphic Designer by trade. I graduated with the confidence to obtain and retain freelance clients, practicing my newly learned skillsets.
However, almost two…
Dear Bankers, Doctors, Lawyers, Marketers, Graphic Designers, Professional Athletes, Chefs, and anything in between. Be thankful that your job title leads to head nods of understanding, rather than blank stares and several clarifying questions.
I recently joined a Zoom call with my extended family and was asked the question that I have a feeling many of us dread.
“What are you doing these days?”
As some of you can imagine the conversation went something like this.
ME: “I’m an Experience Designer, so I create products based on both the business and user goals.
FAMILY: “So you’re a coder?”
As a Bootcamp graduate myself, I want to be clear that I do stand by a Bootcamp education. I am grateful for the knowledge I have gained and for how it has allowed my career to flourish. However, where this article comes in, has to do with the expectations and idea of thinking of your Bootcamp education as the be-all-end-all, as many sell it as. Instead, my argument is that a Bootcamp education is just the starting point.
Now that I am over a year out from completing my Bootcamp and mentor many Bootcamp students and graduates, I have had…
There is no denying that skill level and experience are major factors in career advancement. We are spoon-fed from an early age that the two go hand in hand. However, what many do not consider is that egos have the ability to affect the above statement. That is why I am here to shatter the idea that in order to have an advantage in your career you must have years of experience behind you. Rather, in actuality the opposite is true. How you may ask?
Experienced designers that have been in the field for at least a decade see each…
Recently I have discovered a love and passion for boxing. A few times a week I tie up my imaginary gloves, select a boxing workout on my phone, and punch away into the thin air. What started out as curiosity about a new workout style, has ultimately empowered me to think about the users of my design projects from a unique perspective.
The art of boxing, although gruesome to some of those on the outside, in reality, is just a dance between two individuals seeing who can continually think ahead of the other. …
One of the most common questions I have been receiving lately has been “Should I learn to code?,” so I decided I should sit down and de-myth this idea.
To answer the question, the answer is no.
However, that is not the question I think you should be asking. Instead, I think the better question is “what is the most effective way for me to interact with engineers to provide a seamless handoff?”
I think altering the question is super important as it changes the mindset. Instead of asking if you should learn a new skill set to become a…
I have found that the questions I get asked most often are: “Do you have any book recommendations” or “What books are on your shelf?”
First off, thank you to those of you who have been asking me this question (or any form of it) as it has inspired me to read more. And second, I have decided to create a curated list since I think books are a super helpful tool to easily increase our skill sets. Many of these lists exist. However, I find that the same few titles seem to circulate and a lot of them are…
I’m sure many of you read this title and instantly thought to yourself of many examples within the past few months that would disprove my statement. But I’m also sure that many of you also looked at it with a glimmering eye of hope.
Breaking into the field of UX is no easy feat and by no means will happen with a snap of your fingers. Better yet it won’t happen instantaneously once you finish a Bootcamp or a self-taught curriculum (even though we’re led to believe that a large portion of the time.)
However, less than two years after…
As a gym enthusiast and possibly even a gym rat, products that will help me train and recover better are extremely important to my routine. That is why when I heard about Honey Stingers products I was super eager to try them and will admit I have now tried their honey, waffles, and protein bars.
Before going into the breakdown of the checkout process I experienced, I do want to be clear that I am not categorizing my positive experience with the physical product here. I am solely talking about my experience with purchasing the product.
Now that I have…
With the holidays around the corner, I couldn’t resist taking the time to write a light-hearted article. As UX Designers, we are so used to thinking about a persona as a serious tool to help us better understand our target audience at hand. However, this holiday I wondered why we couldn’t use this helpful tool to describe our favorite drinks! ‘Tis the season to grab your favorite holiday drink, sit back, and laugh!
Goals: This is the year secrets will remain secrets
Frustrations: You inevitably become the life of the party
Needs: Tape recording of the night before
UX/UI Designer passionate about building products within the Entertainment, Fitness and Technology fields.