Oslo, Norway 🇳🇴

Bjorn Bergslien

Senior UX Designer at Okse

Hello, my name is Bjørn and I’m a designer with an allround interest in user experiences, interface design and product development. I work at Okse in Norway.
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Where are you from and/or where are you based as a Memorisely student?

Oslo and Stavanger, Norway 🇳🇴

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

My interest in design and tech goes back to the early days of the web, being creative and making sites with what was available at the time: Geocities, gifs, simple HTML, Frontpage (ouch), and stealing PHP code from existing WordPress installations. It was a fascinating mix of various platforms, technologies and frameworks.

Later I became more interested in the user experience aspects of design and tech, and started working as a UX consultant. Since then I’ve worked on various projects with many different clients across Norway. My latest endeavor has been to develop and work on a design system for a large, multi-brand company.

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

I joined in the design system bootcamp because I wanted to learn more about building and maintaining a design system. It’s always good to hear other people’s perspectives, and to discuss with other designers who might be working on solving the same type of problems.

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

It’s been a good experience. It’s a privilege to be able to meet designers from all corners of the world without air travel and without having to leave the comfort of your own office. Fortunately we’re all used to working in virtual meetings now.

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

I like that it doesn’t feel rushed, and that there’s plenty of room for questions. I also like that there’s a Slack setup where we can interact outside of the assigned meetings. There’s been no surprises so far, and perhaps that’s a good thing?

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

There are so many books and articles I’d like to read, and so many podcasts I’d like to listen to. I guess the biggest challenge is that there’s not enough time to consume everything. But perhaps that’s also a good sign – our domain is evolving and maturing, and there are a lot of great designers out there constantly pushing boundaries and challenging existing views. UX has come a long way in the past 20 years.

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

I work full time as a designer besides doing the design system bootcamp. For me it’s been difficult to attend all of the live classes, but I’ve watched the recordings. It’s good that you record the sessions, and share links to Figma files, so that we can go through it when we have the time.

What is your current workspace setup?

I split my time between the office and working from home. I prefer the setup at the office, with a proper office chair and an adjustable desk. The screen is also super. But sometimes, depending on the day, it’s just more efficient to work from home.

We just moved into new offices in Oslo. Slowly getting there 👇

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

Figma, Slack and Basecamp to do the actual design work, communicate with colleagues and get feedback from others. And then there’s a bunch of other apps I use for this and that.

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

I recently started using something called Tibber, which is a Norwegian app for keeping track of the energy use in my home. I hardly want to be an ambassador, but it’s a neat app with an intuitive interface that gives me the information I need. The information is presented in a visually appealing way with graphs and diagrams that better help me understand power usage.

What tunes do you listen to while designing?

Random playlists on Spotify, and I mostly stick to relaxing music.

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

  1. Practice by applying the principles to your own projects and products.
  2. Ask questions (live or in Slack) if anything’s unclear.
  3. Bookmark stuff people share, so that you can find it again later (speaking from experience).

Thanks for reading my story!

Oslo, Norway 🇳🇴

Bjorn Bergslien

Senior UX Designer at Okse

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