Viña del Mar, Chile 🇨🇱

Allegra Zaccarelli

Product Designer

Hey! I’m Allegra, a Product Designer who's very passionate in communicating and making products easier for users. I love to travel and watch a lot of football ⚽️.
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Which Bootcamp did you enroll in and why?

I enrolled in the UX/UI Design Bootcamp because it brings together all the things I was searching for. For example, the experience of meeting professionals from other countries, which allows me to know their perspectives on things, their culture and even learn with them about UX/UI Design. In addition to the good educational level that this Bootcamp offers, the teaching didactic, learn-by-doing, and the great energy I felt from the beginning even before enrolling.

Where are you based as a UX/UI designer and/or student?

I'm based in Viña Del Mar — a seaside town in Chile.

It is a city characterized by its beautiful cold-water beaches, which provide a rich gastronomy based on seafood with great cultural and artistic activity and expressions, such as the famous Viña del Mar International Song Festival, recognized worldwide.

In addition to being very close to one of the patrimonies of humanity that exist in Chile, the city of Valparaíso — inserted in a crazy geography surrounded by hills that converge in the main port of Chile — allow the development of a bohemian culture with artistic and picturesque architecture and colorful urban design.

What led you into pursuing UX/UI design?

I finished studying Graphic Design at the beginning of this year and have always wanted to go to study a Masters abroad. In my degree project I had to look for a design tool to solve a problem. While researching what I had already learned and not learned at University, I found UX/UI Design. I had to investigate and study on my own to make a web platform for my degree project; and, from there, I fell in love with it and wanted to continue learning with professionals.

What have you found most exciting about UX/UI Design?

The most exciting thing about UX/UI Design is achieving and facilitating a product for the user.

Another aspect is knowing all the elements and the different steps in achieving the expected result — such as research, interviews, surveys, ideation, wireframing, prototyping, applicating the prototype, and others.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Now, because the pandemic, my days are not very interesting Chile has many restrictions with lock down.

But a normal day without a pandemic would start not very early in the morning, because I love to sleep. Continued with a little exercise, followed by a shower. I then plan what I should do, and distribute my time accordingly (the shower helps me think and is where my best ideas come from). Then, I start working on what I have to do that day.

2 PM is my lunchtime with my whole family. We always try to have lunch all together — the pandemic has helped to make our hours similar. When I finish everything I have to do about my studies, I try to go out to see my friends and/or have a walk next to the beach to play with my dogs. To finish the day, we eat all together again and I watch a series or movie before going to sleep.

What is your current desk setup?

Because of the pandemic, I was able to find a place in my house where I could set up my desk. Previously, this piece was in my brother's workshop who is an architect, which was very messy with many materials. I fixed the table that belonged to my father 20 years ago and incorporated a second screen. The most important, and something that cannot be missing on my desk, are pencils and post-its.

And your Workstation setup across devices?

I like to have everything neat and minimalist. On my cell phone, I have the apps that I use the most, such as WhatsApp, Instagram, Bank, Football and sports, Netflix, Spotify, Notion and Slack.

On my computer — previously, I had many applications to study graphic design (Adobe) — but, now I have a new computer so I have only the ones that I frequently use like Figma, Miro, Notion, Zoom, Loom, Slack and Spotify.

Why did you choose to take a Memorisely Bootcamp?

I chose to take the Memorisely UX/UI Design Bootcamp because it gathered everything I was looking for in relation to academics and its operation. In addition, having a large community of professionals from all over the world who help each other out is wonderful.

Something that manages to create the unmissable package is the energy in Memorisely. There is a very human and pleasant connection.

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How would you describe your experience as a student in Memorisely's Bootcamp Classes?

The student experience is a very good experience that I recommend 100%. The energy of everyone in the classes and the different opinions and knowledge that you find in this Bootcamp are incredible. Learning a lot in a didactic, entertaining way and the concept of learn-by-doing is fully fulfilled. In addition, I feel very comfortable and supported because the team is always ready to resolve any questions or requests.

What has been your favorite thing about your Bootcamp so far?

Meeting so many people from different parts of the world, to belonging in a community of this style with so many professionals, and also learning with so much energy that everyone transmits in the Bootcamp in a very informative and involved way.

Name one learning that took you by surprise while taking the Bootcamp?

I think the one that took me the most by surprise was the 8 point rule — being a graphic designer, the sizes, hierarchies, space and other things, are always important, and this rule manages to consistently organize and comply with everything perfectly. It helps a lot when working, and it’s faster to reach the expected results in everything that is visual.

What challenges do you face as a student?

Mainly the language — English is not my first language. I study in a British school in Chile; but, at the University, I didn’t have to practice the language, so I felt a little rusty with expressing myself. After the first week of classes I managed quickly let go.

What tunes do you listen to whilst designing?

I usually listen to Reggaeton — I really like this music in my day-to-day life. When I have to design and study, I like how this music makes me feel because it motivates me, gives me energy, and helps me focus. Although, suddenly without realizing it, I'm singing the song, which makes me want to go out to party.

When I want to listen to something more relaxed according to my mood, I listen to Reggae. Mainly some Chilean groups like, "Cultura Profética", "Los Cafre", or "Gondwana".

Three suggestions for fellow students or soon-to-be students?

  1. Sign up! This bootcamp is an incredible experience that is earned in many ways educationally, energetically and personally.
  2. Use 8 point rule.
  3. Be as creative as possible and surrender to the experience that you will not regret.

Thanks for reading my story!

Viña del Mar, Chile 🇨🇱

Allegra Zaccarelli

Product Designer

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