I am an Indian, born and raised in Dubai.
Post a short stint in London, I relocated to Toronto 🇨🇦 where I am currently based. I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to soak in diverse cultures.
Pictured in the distance is the beautiful Toronto skyline. 🌆
Where I come from, choosing a profession that aligned with me was not something that came easy. I mapped out a career in Finance for close to a decade. During that time I felt a creative void and found my outlet in blogging and photography. Moving to Toronto in 2021, helped me to find the courage to take a leap into tech. I was inspired by the product design journey of a Toronto-based YouTuber ‘nameishana’. My husband was studying web development at a Bootcamp and I decided that UX/UI design was my fit. I haven’t looked back ever since.🙂
Designing products rooted in the understanding of human psychology made this choice purposeful. ✨
I enrolled in the Design systems part-time BootCamp with Andressa.
The interactive learning experience has been truly unique and l am so thrilled by how much I get to learn live while on a Figma file with the rest of the class. This style of learning surely sets Memorisely apart from other Bootcamps. ⭐️
I love the opportunity to connect with so many talented designers from different parts of the world.
I feel that apart from the classes themselves, the general support provided is also extremely important for a student. The Memorisely BootCamp slack channel is surely a safe space where Molly and El are always available with their timely support. The thoughtful addition of a wellness channel clearly shows how much Memorisely cares about its student community. ♡
I was introduced to design tokens and how valuable a tool it is in communication between designers and developers. I also learned about the Figma analytics tool which is a great resource when working within an organization with multiple digital products.
Being able to navigate through all the useful UX/UI resources can seem overwhelming. On any given day, I tend to have so many tabs open which I then bookmark into folders. The challenge now lies in actually accessing these resources and making good practical use of them. My current plan of action includes:
Prior to my weekly lesson, I make sure that I set aside time during the weekend to complete my homework and review the previous week's lessons. 👩🏽💻
☀️ My typical day as a student starts at 5:30 am. I am a mom to 2 young boys and between mom chores, I like to have music or a podcast playing in the background.
I squeeze in a quick breakfast smoothie and at 7 am EST, I am logged in for my design system lesson for the day. Seeing the class and hearing about how everyone’s week was in different parts of the world is always a great start to another insightful Memorisely session.
I get straight to work from 9-5 pm. I work remotely and a lot of my time is spent on building designs on Figma, communicating with the team on priorities and expectations, and also presenting high-level design demos to stakeholders.
Due to the constant back-to-back meetings and long hours of screen time, I try to unplug by going for an evening walk depending on the weather.🚶🏽♀️I also have coffee chats set up a couple of times every few weeks where I connect with fellow UX designers. I value these connections and always end up learning something new.
Managing work while being a student and a full-time mom can be challenging. 10-11 pm is protected time for me where I like to quiet down either by reading or catching up on a series or doing yoga with Adrienne. 🧘🏽♀️
One of my favorite cozy cafes in Toronto. Cafe 23 🍵
Having two monitors has been life-changing for me. I’m more efficiently able to switch between tasks and multi-task while getting through meetings. 🖥 🖥
Reading, journaling, music, and planning are key elements of my everyday. That surely reflects in the apps that I choose to interact with on a daily basis. 📱Some of my top picks are:
I have always been curious about Notion owing to so many YouTube videos around productivity. I finally made use of it this year thanks to Memorisely. I love how intuitive and multi-functional this tool is and the level of personalization it offers.
A physical product that I have been crushing on is the ‘Penna keyboard’. Its being typewriter-style makes it so aesthetically pleasing. 😍 I also love that it pairs with multiple devices. ⌨️
I find myself switching between the ‘Music for a Workday’ Spotify playlist and Lofi radios on Youtube depending on my mood. I need to jam to some upbeat music particularly post-lunch. 🎧