London, UK πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

Paul Hinds

Digital Product Designer

Hey, I'm Paul. Passionate about designing a more inclusive world. I'm currently studying Italian and Portuguese, if I'm not doing that I'm taking photos or painting portraits!
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Where are you from and/or where are you based as a Memorisely student?

I was born and raised in London, UK. Here are some photos I took on my way to and from work πŸ‘‡


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

I'm insufferably curious and love asking why something works the way it does. I remember studying Internet marketing at University and not know how websites worked led me to learn how to code and develop websites. It's that curiosity that have helped forge my career path becoming a product designer.


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

I choose the Ui/UX design immersive course to help sharpen my skills as a designer. I've worked in marketing for the later part of my career, but I've always designed or been a part of the creative process so saw this course as the perfect opportunity to connect my experiences and gain a more structured insight on todays design process.


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

I absolutely love it, the classes are fun and engaging. Everyone is so helpful and willing to share idea and ways to improve. It's a truly fantastic way to learn and practice what you've learned at the same time.


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

I've loved diving into the design thinking process and learning about the different facets of each stage. It's great seeing how you can apply these principles in real life and make a real difference to the product your designing and building.


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

My biggest challenge learning UX/UI design has been not rushing a head and absorbing all the information at once.

I love the way the course is structured and find that it's great to progressively learn in stages and develop on the lessons you're taught each week.


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

As a freelancer every day can be different, but I like to give myself structure and start off everyday with a walk or a 5k run between 6:30 and 7:00 am.

After that, I dive into FigJam and collaborating with my awesome classmates from 8:00 am to 10:00 am.

I'll then have client catch up's throughout the day and block out time where I work on projects from website redesigns to copywriting or branding.

I'll usually pop out to Borough Market and grab something tasty to eat before continuing to work for the rest of the afternoon.

From 8:00 pm I like to switch off from work and grab dinner with the family, before winding down at 10:00 pm and getting some rest.

Here Β some of the food from Borough Market πŸ‘‡

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What is your current workspace setup?

I've recently moved house so my setup is not so set up at the moment πŸ˜‚. But typically it includes my Macbook pro, Wacom tablet and a sketch book. Simple, but effective.

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

Some of my go to apps for designing and Prototyping include:

  • Figma and Adobe XD
  • Adobe illustrator, Photoshop, Premier Pro and After effects

For productivity and communication I like to use:

  • Gmail, Slack, Notion and Zoom

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

I’ve been using Notion a lot more for writing and jotting down ideas and I love the simplicity of the interface and the level of detail you can build within it.

What tunes do you listen to while designing?

Typically, I listen to Podcasts like the 90s baby show or Design life. But if I really need to get into a flow state, I'll put on some lo-fi hip hop on YouTube and zone out.


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

  1. Be organised and make the most of your prep tasks if you get the chance
  2. Reach out and ask for help, everyone is there to help you
  3. One step at a time - you’re on a journey take in the sights and get as much from it as possible

Thanks for reading my story!

London, UK πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

Paul Hinds

Digital Product Designer

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