I'm not exactly a UX/UI designer but I have an academic UX/UI design background. I am based in Canada — Elliot Lake is my hometown, but I am constantly moving around Canada.
I immersed myself in UX/UI during my time at the University of Waterloo while I was studying Global Business and Digital Arts. I fell in love with the power of feedback and how we, as designers, can help make the world more inclusive.
I do a fair amount of UX/UI design, but I would say I am more of a UX Facilitator & Strategist. I would say my main reason for this is to help others and understand people better.
Every day is different for me, but a rough outline would be...
My workstation set-up is always changing.
I am most proud of the SKATE app that I created with a group of 12 students in the third year of my Global Business and Digital Arts program at the University of Waterloo. I was able to hone my project management skills and learned how to confront inherent biases about users. It also helped me put my skills attained from Memorisely's UX/UI Bootcamp and Design System Bootcamp.
Volley is an amazing alternative to traditional meetings and is a great supplement or replacement for Slack. The Founder, Josh, is super nice and the platform is very fun to use. It also works great for people trying to schedule meetings in multiple time zones because you can answer whenever you have time to answer.
The hardest part about working in the UX/UI field is not speaking up during a usability test. It can be so hard to sit and watch a person try and complete task using your prototype without giving away the solutions.
I love listening to lo-fi beats and soft instrumentals as it helps keep me focused.