I'm originally from New York, but now based in Los Angeles, California, USA as a UX Designer.
Throughout college I took loads of science classes as a pre-PA (physician assistant) student; but, after college, I started to work in a couple medical offices. The more experience I got, the more I realized this wasn't what I wanted to do as a career. My brother, who's a front end developer was the one to introduce me to UX/UI design as he thought this was something I would be interested in... and he was completely right!
Since I was little, I was always an art kid at heart. I drew on walls and books that drove my mom insane. I still love drawing, fine arts, and animation. I appreciate the skills needed to be both analytical and creative as a UX UI designer. I graduated college with a psychology degree and I knew it would be helpful for UX/UI. Finding this field was the perfect combination to be able to create intuitive experiences as well as visually appealing products and designs.
I've always been a morning person, an early riser. I start my day by letting my cocker spaniel pup, Penelope, out and make her breakfast as well as a hot cup of coffee for myself. I still work in a medical office so I'm usually out the door by 8:30 AM On the days I'm not in the office, I get to either work from home or out of a coffee shop. PhilantroMed is almost like a startup––still very new, and still in progress. On days I get to work with them, I communicate with the board of trustees on what and how they would like to present the current projects out to the public. I work in and out of Figma and Adobe to create what we have in mind. I get to design social media contents where needed as well as keeping track of website traffic.
I tend to work the best in the mornings so I will prioritize more crucial tasks for the first half of the day. I have a pet peeve of working in silence so I'll usually have some kind of soft Lo-fi or background piano/jazz music on. During lunch, I'll be answering emails or slack messages, or I take a walk outside to stretch my legs.
I usually like to end my day by walking my two dogs or hiking in the many hiking trails of SoCal's hills with my significant other. After some dinner and play time with our pups, I'll wind down with some reading or turn on a TV show.
I just moved and working on getting a new desk set up! I plan on trying to get a standing desk but this is what my set up is like now!
Not UX/UI related, but a Disney-inspired portrait of my pup and me!
I really fell in love with how easy and intuitive Typeform was when I was first introduced to it during my UX/UI Bootcamp by Memorisely. But, I’ve recently started using FigJam since its release, and love how easy it is to use.
Creativity can get challenging for me. I struggled with how many resources and tools are out there. But, after reading “Steal like an Artist” by Austin Kleon with Memorisely’s book club, I’ve learned to create a limit for myself. By creating that boundary, it has eased the struggle a lot.