Product Designer @ ClearScore
I’m from London! (Watford specifically, but I feel more like a Londoner haha). The endless buzz and vibrant culture just draws me in, though I also love exploring the rest of the UK too!
I practically live in Soho.
The food variety in London in unmatched!
As with a lot of UX designers, my route into design is quite untraditional; so, I always say that my background in art, marketing and sociology have come full circle in UX / Product Design!
But my “why” comes from this — being just one person in a boundless universe can feel overwhelming and like we can’t make any difference to all the unfair situations in the world. However, as a sociologist at heart, I fell in love with the way that design empowers people to accomplish their goals and allows me to directly impact people’s lives and hopefully alleviate inequalities.
The more I dug into how design works, more I was like “sign me up!!”
I chose to enroll in the Design System bootcamp because during my design internship, I was helping to build our product from scratch without a proper component library or design system.
It was also fascinating to me how such small building blocks come together and work together to form whole products. That’s when I knew I wanted to dig deeper into Design Systems! I’d seen Memorisely bootcamps floating around Instagram and took it as a sign to join!
Everyone is so supportive and collaborative. Though Zoom isn’t the most optimal environment for learning, the way the content was structures and how we learnt together in Figma made it much more fun!
I normally would never say this, but surprisingly the homework was really good! It wasn’t your usual tedious homework tasks — not only did it help to consolidate the in-class learnings, it assured me that I would be able to replicate what we were taught in other contexts such as work or side projects.
Imposter syndrome - as with anything new we learn, the feeling of “not knowing enough” or wanting to prove myself is a constant battle, especially with starting a new job. It takes daily reminders and talking to other designers to know that it’s definitely not just me, and the feeling never really goes away. All we can do is improve our craft and remember it’s ok to feel like that!
It varies as my job doesn’t require me to be in office every day which is great! If I’m going into the office though, I wake up at 6:30am to take my time getting ready for the day before catching the train into London. After fighting my way through rush-hour, I arrive at work around 9:15 just in time for stand ups!
It’s really nice to see people in office after working from home for the past year so I take advantage of this to catch up with colleagues and go out for lunch between meetings and design work. I’m really still settling into the job so everyday is different!
After work, I come home to chill out, watch a kdrama and make sure to read 10 pages to keep my brain active and learn something new 🤓
I’m most excited about my mechanical keyboard! The RGB lights and cute keycaps make the typing experience so much more fun. Having a massive monitor is also game-changing.
Messy desk in the office #reality
My home set up (minus my work laptop).
Notion (organises my brain) and Google Calendar (if it’s not in my calendar, it’s not happening).
Otta. Gone are the cluttered and full-of-ads experience of the likes of Indeed or TotalJobs. Otta’s user friendly, simple and focussed job search interface really revolutionises how we look for jobs.
I love a good lo-fi Studio Ghibli YouTube video. I’m also impartial to my fav Kdrama OSTs (original sound tracks)