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Aidan Myers

Product Design Intern at X2 Analytics

Hey! I’m Aidan, I’m a product designer after studying Economics and I graduated bootcamp in May. I love live music, journals, and bad jokes. My pronouns are he/him/his! 🎶📓🤣
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Where are you from and/or where are you based as a Memorisely student?

I am from Seattle, Washington, USA born and raised.

What inspired you to pursue UX/UI and become a designer?

What I love about product design is the creative rigor. As designers, we are constrained by product requirements, or business goals, or software, or whatever, and we make it work - just enough to solve the problem and make you love it, and I love that.

Which Bootcamp did you choose to enroll in, and why?

I enrolled in the UX/UI bootcamp with my sights set on the 2 portfolio projects and the mentorship opportunity - I felt like my understanding of product design was really loosey and I wanted to tighten it up so I could get a job doing it.

What's it like to be a student in Memorisely's virtual classroom?

Best part of the experience was the relationships, and speaking about design and design decisions out loud with likeminded humans - the live collaboration was my highlight.

What has been your favorite part of Bootcamp so far? What's one learning that has surprised you in Bootcamp?

My favorite part of the bootcamp is working on hard-hitting projects that challenged me to produce good designs efficiently and be motivated by the impact. The projects were so real and tangible. The one learning that surprised me the most was, genuinely, that I am a control freak. When I have an idea and I believe in it, I want to make it and make it great, but it made me inflexible and bossy. I want to listen to and trust other designers more.

What is the biggest challenge you face learning UX/UI Design?

The biggest challenge for me learning about UX/UI design is going slow enough to f*ck up less. Have you ever duplicated a component and then realized you didn’t name any of the layers? In any of the components you just duplicated? Could never be me, sweetie

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What does a typical day look like for you as a student?

My typical day I would wake up, have coffee, check my Slack messages, and start working on homework, or prep tasks, or whatever I was reading at that time. My class days I had set aside for design. On non-class days, I worked the 9-5 so most often design tasks had accumulated for me and I never really had a shortage of things to fill my time. Drink water, journal, and eat oatmeal somewhere in between

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What is your current workspace setup?

What are your go-to or "must have" apps?

Spotify. I also have a text message with myself that I use relentlessly. Google drive is my life

What (digital or physical) product recently blew your socks off?

The train! I took a train for my first time last weekend to Portland. There were bagels, free wifi, and lots of leg room! AND it only cost $44!! Instant stan

What tunes do you listen to while designing?

I am in a working relationship with lofi hip hop beats, but this playlist I made with instrumental music is a well-loved and honorable mention.

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Share three pieces of advice for fellow and/or future students?

  1. Name all of your layers
  2. Trust yourself if you have a question
  3. Take breaks

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Thanks for reading my story!

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Aidan Myers

Product Design Intern at X2 Analytics

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