I am from Morocco, born in a small village called Tafraoute (means small leaf 🍃).I am currently living in Agadir where it's sunny all year long and where goats climb Argan trees.
Agadir 🏖This beach is called Taghazout. If you're into surfing, you've probably heard of it 🏄👇
Just in case you thought I was bluffing about the goats haha 🐐👇
At some point, I enjoyed editing actual user interfaces to become more appealing and "modern"— but little did I know.With time, I started to raise questions about the design decisions. The latter has led me to discover a whole jungle of rationals behind.
On the other hand, I was that annoying kid who asked tons of questions nonstop. Curious George ain't got nothing on me. I also have always had a high sense of empathy towards others.
These two traits are enough factors for me to find joy in discovering user problems and solving them.
For most of my career in user experience design, I had to go through solving different kinds of problems independently. Now, the lack of mentorship; especially at the beginning of a career can lead to developing skepticism and imposter syndrome.
However, during the UX/UI Bootcamp, we (students) are granted continuous support and orientation from experts such as Zander, Rianne, and Flavio. You have that, plus the dynamic methodology of teaching as we get to learn by working on real product briefs.
The Bootcamp is only half done, and I already made huge progress in terms of maintaining a mindset that guarantees alignment and consistency throughout the whole design process.
Each class is packed with Zander's positive energy and genuineness towards his students. You also get to learn and collaborate with people from different professional & educational backgrounds, which brings in a broad spectrum of perspectives.
It's hard to choose one learning that was a game-changer to me honestly as there are many such as interactive components, auto layout, styles creation...
But If I have to choose, it would be the feedback I got from Flavio Barros when I asked "how to make sure you don't lose focus on the initial problem as you progress through the design phases?"
He advised me to rely on the user story created as it frames the target user, their goal, and outcome, which increased my confidence about the steps and directions I took in the succeeding design problems.
I usually wake up at 9:00. I have a quick coffee while I check my email. Then, I map my day as small to-do tasks to keep focused during the day and to assess my productivity.
At 12:30, I take a little snack then head to the swimming club for a one-hour workout.
In the afternoon, I keep working on my tasks— relying on the Pomodoro technic. When that is over, I either get in touch with my friends, practice music, watch football, or read.
✨ Few of my favorite places 👇
I would have to say the design system at my previous job at Avito. Not only because of the final impact across the whole product, but also the journey of working on it.
🔗 The full story 👉 Building a design system