Valencia 🇪🇸

Javier Pedro

Product Designer

I’m Javier, an Industrial Designer making his way into the digital world. I've worked and lived all around Europe. Plus, I love trail running with my dog Mango! 🥭‍
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Where are you from and/or where are you based as a Memorisely student?

I’m from the bright city of Valencia but I’m currently based not far from London (UK) in a small town called Guildford.

Albufera of Valencia (Valencian wetlands)👇

Guidlford-Somewhere in Surrey with Mango👇

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

A few years ago when I was working in Amsterdam I met someone that was working as a digital product designer. When asking about his role, I was fascinated to see how fast he would deliver projects. Since then I have been considering refocusing my career into the more fast paced environment of digital design.

I also like how collaborative and open people are to sharing their knowledge in the digital design world. It feels like a great place to develop and grow as a designer with great support on your journey.

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

I chose the UX/UI Design bootcamp. I thought it was a very good starting point.  it covers all the steps from understating the user all the way to prop typing and testing. It's also cool that you are prepared for interviews and finish the Boot Camp with a portfolio, that’s amazing!

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

I had good expectations but they have exceeded them. It's very cool to see how interactive and fun the classes are. Zander has very good energy thats easily transmitted in every class and keeps the whole class motivated. It's also great to see your classmates' input, you learn a lot from them as well.

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

It’s been a pleasure to work on real projects covering all the phases from understanding the user, ideation and creation of a prototype, which we later presented back. I have really enjoyed the process and also it has been very inspiring to see my classmates' outcomes. It surprised me how varied and interesting the results were from each individual in the class, it's been a great way to learn.

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

In a very short period of time, there is a lot of knowledge to be absorbed. It's also been a learning curve for myself to switch my brain from industrial design thinking to UX/UI as there is a lot of crossover but also differs in many ways!

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

Currently I am self employed and have until now worked on industrial design projects, with my most recent one designing bespoke playgrounds. My day to day was waking up very early to then drive 30 miles in the car and then spending lots of intense hours modelling intricate designs that were later built by an incredibly skilled bunch of carpenters and metal workers. It's been great to see the results of this project come to life.

Snap of my most recent work👇

What is your current workspace setup?

I use a mac for working and an Ipad for sketching ideas

Home workspace👇

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

I have recently deleted some of the social media apps to improve my productivity👇

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

This is a light from Stefan Diez (German designer) designed for Vibia. I like everything! the most interesting thing is how the light adapts to the different requirements of the space thanks to a very functional system

What tunes do you listen to while designing?

While designing I normally listen to indie rock / indie folk, latin jazz, cumbia and instrumental music like Fleet Foxes, Lord Huron, Khruangbin, Caamp, Chancha Via Circuito

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

  1. Don’t fall in love with your first idea
  2. Try to share with your teacher and classmates as much as you can
  3. Enjoy the course!

Thanks for reading my story!

Valencia 🇪🇸

Javier Pedro

Product Designer

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