Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦

Sherin George

Thrillworks, UX/UI Designer

Hi! I’m Sherin - a Chartered Accountant turned UX/UI Designer. I love photography and seek out beauty in the imperfections of everyday life. 📷 If only life had background mus
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Where are you from and/or where are you based as a Memorisely student?

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. 🌆

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

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.

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

I enrolled in the Design systems part-time BootCamp with Andressa.

  • I wanted to learn more about creating scalable design systems.
  • I was looking for a flexible program that synced with my work life.
  • The 5-week part-time framework was a great fit for me.
  • I wanted to be a part of the amazing Memorisely community. ⚡️

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

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.

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

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.

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

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:

  • Time management using a tool like the Pomodoro timer. ⏰
  • Organizing and prioritizing how to tackle resources effectively.
  • Sharing useful resources with other designers.

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

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 🍵

What is your current workspace setup?

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. 🖥 🖥

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

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:

  • Notes
  • Spotify
  • Notion
  • Productive
  • Webtoon
  • YouTube
  • LBC
  • Pomodoro timer

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

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. ⌨️

What tunes do you listen to while designing?

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. 🎧

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

  1. Be empathetic and kind to yourself and others. No matter where you are in your design journey, stay grounded and humble and be open to reaching out for help and to provide help.
  2. Don’t let imposter syndrome get the better of you. Reflect on your progress including flaws and all.  You’re doing great. ♡
  3. Network and make use of the amazing UX community that you are a part of. Schedule boba chats🧋, reach out to other designers that inspire you or find a mentor.

Thanks for reading my story!

Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦

Sherin George

Thrillworks, UX/UI Designer

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