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Lewis Pitman

Tramshed Tech Design Centre

Hey 👋 I’m Lewis a Product designer from Cardiff, South Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 I’m a huge football fan and love combining my passion for design with sport ⚽️
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Where are you from and/or where are you based as a Memorisely student?

I’m from Pontypridd in South Wales and I currently work in the capital city Cardiff 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 I’m a very proud Welshman and love taking photos around the country.

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

I've always been passionate about creativity, and throughout my time at university, I realised that in a creative environment, accessibility and usability are often taken for granted. I am a firm believer that design is for everyone. Accessibility should be standard practice, not an afterthought. Being dyslexic  I've dealt with usability and accessibility issues before, and I'm determined to ensure that these problems don't arise for the users of the products I develop

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

I was a student of the UX/UI Bootcamp. I really wanted to understand the processes behind the designs that I was interacting with on a daily basis and implement these learnings into my own designs.

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

I absolutely loved being a student in the virtual classroom! It was honestly one of the best educational experiences I've ever experienced. Organised, hands-on, enjoyable, and genuinely interesting. Even though the sessions were late in the evening for me the energy from Zander and the rest of my Boot Camp always motivated me greatly and I always finished at session looking forward to the next

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

This one is easy… Having the opportunity to learn from industry experts who are already seasoned designers.

It shouldn't come as a surprise with such a terrific team, but the community is rapidly expanding with a fantastic set of designers from all over the world, which benefits the community's learners and members.

This one is easy… Having the opportunity to learn from industry experts who are already seasoned designers and ideation sketches. I find it super relaxing and satisfying!

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

Empathetic design is at the forefront of my workflow, which can be challenging while working on multiple products/projects. It takes time to get inside the minds of users in order to conduct empathetic design, and transitioning between projects can leave the end user from the previous project subconsciously in my mind. I find a quick break or a walk normally solves this.

Lack of understanding of my role can also be a challenge, especially when product owners are working on a tight budget or deadline. It is my duty to emphasise the advantages of user experience design in these situations but it can sometimes be a challenge, however, it can be difficult in certain instances.

Empathetic design is at the forefront of my workflow, which can be challenging while working on multiple products/projects. It takes time to get inside the minds of users in order to conduct empathetic design, and transitioning between projects can leave the end user from the previous project subconsciously in my mind. I find a quick break or a walk normally solves this.

Lack of understanding of my role can also be a challenge, especially when product owners are working on a tight budget or deadline. It is my duty to emphasise the advantages of user experience design in these situations but it can sometimes be a challenge, however, it can be difficult in certain instances.

What is your current workspace setup?

I'm extremely fortunate to be working at Tramshed Tech, a Cardiff-based co-working space. I don't have a fixed desk, but I do have a variety of places where I can work. This also enables me to work from other Tramshed locations throughout Wales, including some pretty fantastic spaces in Barry and Newport. My desk can change from day-to-day. Check out some of my workspaces 👇

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

I can’t function without the following apps 👇

  • Notion - To keep me organised
  • Figma - To design stuff
  • Spotify - Keeping me concentrated
  • Grammarly - Because I can’t spell to save my life
  • Hureo - Conduct UX reviews across different breakpoints

What tunes do you listen to while designing?

I do like to mixed it up when working I’ll either listen to a podcast, normally ‘A diary of a CEO’ which I find motivates me, or “Always Sunny Podcast” just because It’s utterly hilarious. We do also have a work playlist which I’ve attached below 👇 There are some absolute bangers on there 🎶

https://open.spotify.com/embed/playlist/4KuSlWAJkCWGeOkAJzHfF9?utm_source=generator

The Always Sunny Podcast

The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett

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

  1. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel
  2. Always design with empathy
  3. Back yourself! You know more than you think

Thanks for reading my story!

Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Lewis Pitman

Tramshed Tech Design Centre

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