I was born and raised in Georgia, and for some reason I never really left 😆. Now, I’m based just a little bit north of Atlanta in a city called Marietta.
I also spend time in Atlanta 👇
I started out thinking I’d want to be a graphic designer, but I quickly learned that what I really enjoyed doing was solving problems through creativity and design. After lots of googling, watching tutorials, reading articles, and taking online courses…I somehow stumbled into this amazing field.
I once heard UX design described as a combination of art, psychology, and science, which is really compelling to me and not something I could pass up!
I enrolled in the Design System Bootcamp. Mainly for two reasons:
The first reason was to simply learn about design systems! I started working on a design system at the startup I work for with my design team. When we started, we had very little to no experience building a design system, so we had to quickly learn on our own. It was during that initial research that I realized I really enjoyed thinking about and building UI components, styles, etc. and seeing it all come together in a system. But, I still felt like I didn’t know what I was doing 😅 So I enrolled in this course to understand best practices and deepen my understanding.
The second reason was to meet other designers 👋 I’m still very early in my design career, and I wanted to connect with other designers to hear their experiences and learn from them.
So much fun! I really liked the rhythm of attending class every Tuesday and office hours every Thursday. It was great learning alongside my fellow classmates and I made a few friends a long the way 🙂
The live classes were probably my favorite part of the bootcamp. Because the class is kept fairly small in size, I felt like I wasn’t lost in the crowd (of Zoom squares). Plus, we could all pile into one Figma file and it was amazing seeing everyone working live together.
One thing that surprised me was the utility of design tokens in a design system. They’re a really great example of design and development working together.
The biggest challenge for me is often knowing how to start building a new skill. UX designers have to wear many hats and the industry is constantly changing and evolving. There are so many skills related to UX that I want to learn, but it’s overwhelming sometimes knowing how to start. Bootcamps, like the ones Memorisely offers, are great for this purpose.
It varies a little day-to-day but typically I start my day with a nice cup of coffee, breakfast, and catching up on reading some newsletters and articles. If it’s a Tuesday or Thursday I would then jump on the Zoom call with my class ⚡️
Then, I start my workday around 9am. I work remotely as a product designer for a startup and my schedule varies widely throughout the week. But, this usually consists of a daily standup meeting with my team, a focus block of dedicated design time, probably another couple of meetings with various stakeholders, a coffee break, and then another couple of hours of design time. For me, it’s always a balance of finding time to focus in between meetings 😆
Somewhere in there I try to go for a walk, do a workout, yoga, or run a few errands. Occasionally, I’ll work from one of my favorite local coffee shops ☕
In the evenings after work, I would tackle some of the bootcamp homework and read some of the related articles and links people shared during class or office hours.
It’s always a work in progress and I’m still figuring out how to make it more comfortable and cozy (send me desk plant recs!). But, I've set up my "office" in this little corner of my apartment.
An app called Play, a native iOS design tool. The UI is insanely well-designed and very unique. Somehow they managed to make a powerful, contextual, on-device design tool 🤯 I've hardly scratched the surface but I'm looking forward to playing around with it!
I listen to a wide variety of music in general. But, when designing I like to listen to down-tempo, lo-fi, or chill-hop because it helps me focus and find a flow. Besides that, I often like to listen to City Girl, A.G. Cook, or Lane8 mixtapes.
I use Apple Music as my streaming service of choice (I’m so sorry); but, here’s one down-tempo playlist I like to shuffle 👇