Ireland 🇮🇪

Tokiko Miyazato

Principal Designer at All human

Hi! I’m Tokiko, a Principal designer at All human. I’m a big fan of the Peanuts comic strips. I’d love to visit the Charles M. Schulz museum some days. ⚡️
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Where are you from and/or where are you based as a Memorisely student?

I’m based in Dublin, Ireland. I live in a quiet suburb of Dublin city.

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

I always had a love for writing short stories and poems since childhood. In recent years, I  became an amateur/self-publishing author who enjoys producing works in my spare time alongside of the other commitments. When I started my career as a designer, I was not sure if it was what I liked to do professionally or not. However, as I grew as a designer, I realised that there was a similarity between designing digital products and storytelling. Creating digital products is like storytelling someone’s journey and experience in its product space. When I formed a notion of storytelling in designs from my own perspective, I became certain that I wanted to pursue a career as a designer.

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

I enrolled in the UI Design Bootcamp. My backbone is in engineering and human factors. I consider myself as UX designer/architect. There are a few reasons I decided to join the UI Bootcamp. First of all, I felt a need to polish my UI skills for a start-up product that my husband and I have been working together and hoping to grow as a small family business.Secondly, I wanted to go back to the basic in order to allow myself to reflect on the designs I produced from the UI perspectives instead of UX perspectives. Lastly, I enjoyed Memorisely design system bootcamp with Zander last year, and I wanted to continue exploring more about designs in general in the environment that gives me fresh and positive energy, which is one of the most important aspects when I choose a course like the UI bootcamp.

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

I wish I could remain as a student at Memorisely forever. Memorisely’s virtual classroom is very special to me because I can simply be someone who wants to learn, practice and experiment different design techniques, and I don’t need to worry about anything else other than enjoying the learning experience.

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

It’s hard for me to pick a specific part or activities, but what I like the most about the bootcamp is how Zander creates rapport in the classroom.

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

There is a flood of information about designs everywhere. The biggest challenge for me while learning UX/UI design has been how I establish my own mechanism to identify what is reliable source of information that I can learn from over something that is not very trustworthy. I sometime find it hard to deal with information overload.

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

I’m an early bird, and morning is the most productive time for me to work on designs that require a lot of logical and systematic thinking. Before I dive into my design activities, I make a call to my mum almost everyday just to say ‘morning’ and talk about the weather ⛅️

Tuesday and Thursday are simply non-stop and jumping between client projects/meetings and the bootcamp live class.

My evenings are dedicated to the side project that my husband and I are working together. It’s no longer a side project for us, especially because we did a soft launch of our very first digital product a few weeks ago. Thankfully, the number of downloads and active users are growing slowly but steadily day by day.  A pressure is on to get our marketing site up and running as soon as we can🤞

What is your current workspace setup?

Since my husband and I started working on our family project, our living room has turned into a workshop room. I’m surrounded by sticky notes, scribbles, and sketches on the walls alongside my favourite Charlie Brown and Snoopy tapestry.

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

When I want to do something other than design, I typically spend time playing Jigsaw puzzle. Magic Puzzles app is the must-have when I have some downtime. I’m also a bookworm who needs Kindle and Audible with me all the time. Lastly, I must not forget about Duolingo. My undergraduate degree was in languages and literature, so I still haven’t lost a love for learning languages.

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

If I need to pick one, it’s definitely Joy For All Companion Pet Cat. This product aims to provide the best possible interactive experience for older adults or anyone who needs comfort and companionship.  I’ve instantly formed an emotional connection with this product because I see some similarity in their product mission to what I’d like to achieve as a human factor practitioner in the future.

After completing MSc. in Applied Ergonomics & Human Factors, my interest in cognitive robotics and human-voice recognition interface has grown, and I decided to pursue my lifetime goal to produce a rescue robot which humans can trust, especially in the context of disastrous situations and certain medical conditions.

What tunes do you listen to while designing?

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

  1. Practice asking and giving constructive feedback
  2. Don’t be afraid to share your work. You would gain more (in my opinion) by explaining your thought process
  3. Sit back and relax when you feel tired 🧘🏻‍♀️

Thanks for reading my story!

Ireland 🇮🇪

Tokiko Miyazato

Principal Designer at All human

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