I'm based in the 'land of a thousand welcomes', Ireland. More specifically, Dublin.
My career has followed a natural path from graphic to digital/visual design and finally UX/UI –– much like many designers, I suppose. But, when I landed my first UX/UI project, I knew this is where I wanted to be. I just love the balance between logic and creativity.
I'm passionate about creating beautiful experiences with purpose and pixel precision while somewhat helping people along the way. How exciting is that?!
I'm an early riser, usually up at about 6:45 – 7am. Early mornings are when I feel most productive, so I tend to start planning my tasks for the day straight away (and the mandatory daily check of Muzli for some inspiration). Then at about 8:30am, I'll have breakfast with a strong cup of coffee, so as I'm ready for stand-up with my project team at 9am.
I try to block 2 - 3 hours to focus on my design deliverables, which brings me up to lunchtime. Lunch is standard Monday to Thursday, but on Fridays I participate in group yoga (virtually for now).
My role also involves mentoring and guiding other designers, so I make sure to check in with them throughout the day.
Last minute meetings and peer reviews can take up the rest of the day.
After work, I usually exercise. On Mondays we have our amazing yoga session with the lovely Liza Heap. Tuesdays and Thursdays I have personal training and Saturdays are for HIIT workouts.
Mid-week, somewhere in between yoga, workouts, dinner and life admin, I love to participate in the Memorisely design challenges (shameless 🔌).
I'm an absolute design system nerd, so I'd have to say I'm most proud of the work I've recently carried out on two large scale systems. I'm also very pleased with some of the concepts I came up with for the Memorisely UI challenge. It was such a creativity booster. I got to experiment with styles I wouldn't usually get to apply in my day-to-day work.
I'm a hardcore Figma fan, and their products never fail to amaze me. What was even life before auto layout and variants? Figma's tools continue with speedy improvements –– ease of use and inclusivity are just unmatched.
Not to mention the collaboration aspect, which was vital for our team on switching to fully remote in 2020.
The team behind Figma recently released FigJam, which is an online whiteboard for teams to ideate together. It's still in beta, but it has absolutely blown my mind. At first glance, it may look like other tools you've seen before, but it just has that extra level of intuitiveness with a dash of fun. I am sold! (They aren't paying me to say that, I promise).
I'm very fortunate to work for a company that's hugely invested in UX/UI design and understands its value, but it hasn't always been the case.
I feel like we UX/UIers are continuously educating those around us and attempting to validate the importance of what we do to clients and senior leadership teams.
Dealing with subjective views can also be quite challenging. Despite our best efforts to assert the logic behind every design decision, opinions overrule on certain occasions.
Tunes for days....
⚡️ Bonus tip! Learn about design systems as early as possible in your career 😉