I enrolled in the UX/UI Design Bootcamp because it was at the perfect intersection of quality, price and time commitment. I was specifically looking to switch careers into the field, so after being met with the big 'Change your life, become a UX/UI Designer' on the Memorisely homepage, I honestly never looked back.
I'm based in Harpenden, United Kingdom. It's a quiet, suburban town just north of London. It's super chilled, very green, has 22 pubs and tonnes of beautiful walks! Then, if I need some metropolitan chaos, I can hop on a train and be in central London in just 25 minutes — perfect.
Several things. 1) I wanted to design products that make the world better. 2) I needed to recalibrate my life in a way that allowed me to be more creative everyday —something my soul needs. 3) A Product Designer friend — he was always doing cool stuff and I was always inspired!
The feeling of being equipped with tools that allow me to design the future. And the people. The people in the UX/UI community are all so lovely.
Alarm goes off at 8am and, after a couple of snoozes, I get up and make my bed. I have a big glass of water then jump into the shower. I'll then lay on an acupressure mat (basically a modern torture device), write a little bit in my journal and drink some coffee.
At 9am, I open my laptop and check in with my remote team. After saying hi, I review my meetings for the day and create a to do list, highlighting 1 or 2 key priorities. The rest of the day is generally a blur of writing and planning content, working in our CMS, ideating over Zoom or speaking with children the charity supports and the adults who work with them.
I typically skip lunch, instead having a techno powered workout on my bedroom floor. That's followed by a super cold shower. Energised by the shower, I fly into the second half of the day, which looks much like the first.
Just before bootcamp starts I quickly scoff some fruit; then, I'm ready to rock'n roll for our live classes. When class finishes, I'll either jump on a Slack call with my bootcamp partner (shout out Julian!) to work on our case study together, or I'll close the laptop and unplug for the rest of the day.
Currently, the evening is a combo of food, chilling out, and watching the Euros (Psst... It's coming home, pass it on). After dinner, I'll go for a walk with a podcast. Before bed, I like to read a little, and I'm ready pass out around midnight.
My current desk setup is very simple. It consists of laptop, stand, keyboard, mouse and notepad. Originally, it was a sitting desk but I reconfigured it so I could work at it while standing. Much better for posture and people watching!
Experimenting with some inspiring folder names, spotted on LinkedIn!
After 5 years in the charity sector, I was looking to switch fields and become a Product Designer. I chose to take a Memorisely Bootcamp because it seemed the perfect launchpad.
An absolute blast! I loved every second of it. The onboarding, the prep tasks, the live classes, the amazing classmates, the instructors, the community, the portfolio, the boundless positive energy and enthusiasm everywhere you look. All of it is amazing. It will be great to get my evenings back, but I'll definitely miss it a bit. Thankfully, I've got the wider Slack community to keep giving me my Memorisely fix.
The live classes. Initially, the prospect of 2 hour live classes straight after finishing my 9-5 seemed a bit daunting. But I quickly realised that they absolutely flew by! The classes honestly feel about 45 mins and that's all down to the fact they're so much fun.
Figma totally surprised me. It's super powerful, versatile and web based. So I can access it from anywhere without needing to download a gigantic file beforehand. It has a buzzing designer community which is constantly creating fun files and plugins for other designers to use. It has super handy prototyping options. Not to mention all the new features in FigJam, it's new virtual whiteboarding sibling. And all of this is completely free!
Managing my time. There's only so many hours in the day, and they quickly get hoovered up with my main job (9-5), bootcamp sessions (5-6/7) and bootcamp homework (7+). It's definitely not overwhelming, but I have to keep the pace up.
The life soundtrack changes daily. And it's always a random mix. Here's a few of the tunes I'm listening to now.