I am currently in Jakarta the capital city of Indonesia. This is Selamat Datang monument located in the heart of my city, selamat datang means welcome in Bahasa Indonesia 👋
So, my UX/UI design journey starts way back a decade ago. I built my first website when I was 11. The website is not really fancy & advanced, it was pretty much a blog for sharing my personal stories, but that blog sparks something inside of me which at that time I didn't know that it was called a UX/UI design.
Fast forward to 2021, I rediscovered my old interest in designing a website and want to pursue a career in this field again!
I started working at around 9 am with a latte on my desk. I feel like I can’t really function if I didn't start my day with a coffee haha.
I usually open Slack & Trello to check if there are any updates on my current task and continue with a daily standup to track progress with my team.
Then, I usually go “in the zone” for about 2 hours, fully immersing myself in the day-to-day work of my job, and stop at around 12 to take a lunch break.
For the second part of my day, you just hit the reset button. Start at around 1 with a latte on my desk and go “in the zone” until the end of the day.
After work, I usually try to set aside 1 to 2 hours to learn any material related to UX/UI design.
The theory & fundamentals. Learn the building blocks of UX/UI design. This is one of the hardest lessons for me because I tend to jump right away on Figma and start designing but then I hit a point where my skills are plateauing. It was when I started to learn the theory & fundamentals then my skills were improving, and it was significantly improved. I feel like I am leveling up as a designer after I learn the theory & fundamentals hahaha
PS: also master auto-layout & components, it will help you a lot!
My personal website!
For me building my current personal website was a huge accomplishment because this is what gets me back to UX/UI design last year. Suffice to say that I am really proud of everything about my personal website, from the typography, layout, to the color itself. Seeing my improvement over my first blog 10 years ago, the difference is day and night. 😂
I primarily use PC to work and this is the setup!
I personally prefer to use web-based apps so I don’t have to download so many things on my device, but here are some of my go-to apps that I download
Notion! Ah, where do I even begin with Notion 🤩
For me, Notion is what google docs, spreadsheets, and Trello combine. I could literally do anything that I want with Notion, like taking notes and also tracking progress using the Kanban board. Sometimes, Notion can be too much for me but I like to keep my notion pages simple so I can focus on what matters.
I usually keep my music really low while designing because the last time I blast music loudly during work I ended up doing a karaoke session 😂
This is my favorite playlist for study and work, love the smooth alto sound.