London, UK 🇬🇧

Joelle Phua

Product Designer @ ClearScore

I’m Joelle, a product designer obsessed with sushi, pursuing and sharing joy! You can usually find me trying new restaurants in London 🍣 or watching my fav kdramas 📺
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Product Designer @ ClearScore

Where are you from and/or where are you based as a Memorisely student?

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!

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

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!!”

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

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!

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

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!

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

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.

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

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!

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

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 🤓

What is your current workspace setup?

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).

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

Notion (organises my brain) and Google Calendar (if it’s not in my calendar, it’s not happening).

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

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.

What tunes do you listen to while designing?

I love a good lo-fi Studio Ghibli YouTube video. I’m also impartial to my fav Kdrama OSTs (original sound tracks)

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

  1. Take everything in but don’t stress about remembering or implementing everything right away.
  2. Dive deep into areas that you find interesting!
  3. Connect with other people in the design community. You’ll find lots of friends, mentors and contacts!

Thanks for reading my story!

London, UK 🇬🇧

Joelle Phua

Product Designer @ ClearScore

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