From: Richmond, VA. Based in: Dallas, TX.
I come from a web design background (shoutout Webflow) and have enjoyed the ride of starting my own remote agency, but I’m now looking to focus solely on the portion of the job I enjoy most. Having worked a few ‘customer service’ and ‘sales’ positions prior to starting my own agency, I was stuck using cringe worthy softwares, and I remember that internal urge to re-design them to be better for my teammates, as well as for myself.
I enrolled in the UX/UI bootcamp because I knew I enjoyed creating UI’s in Figma, but I wanted to learn the UX side as well to make sure I truly understood the research that went behind the design decisions I was making, and not just blindly pushing pixels to look pretty. While in this bootcamp and learning to create UI styles and components - I became enthralled with design systems and libraries in Figma, which led me to enroll in the Design Systems bootcamp.
Truly terrific. The class is small enough to give me that familial feeling you get when you travel abroad with 15 other people, but large enough to gain insight to perspectives from incredible people from other cultures all over the world.
Easily the interaction with the instructors. These teachers don’t just go home at the end of the day the way other courses/bootcamps teachers do - they are in constant communication with you and create a safe space for you to feel heard and offer great career/design advice and instruction.
My biggest challenge I face in learning UX/UI Design is breaking all of my old bad Figma habits. I have a tendency to get caught up in the design process and forget to pause and create the necessary styles / components / variants that would actually help speed up my process in the long run. Memorisely does a great job of providing a ‘best practices’ design structure, and I wish I had discovered them much sooner.
Owning my own business gives me a great many liberties when it comes to scheduling my time. I usually grab a hot coffee on my way in to my ‘office’ (my in-laws’ house) around 10am. Depending on the workload - I can usually knock out some client work in the mornings and have some time to jump into the homework for the UX/UI bootcamp in the afternoon before class starts.
Tech wise - a little lame currently, but you’ve got to start somewhere 👨🏻💻:
Desktop + Mobile:
Figma is hard to beat but my favorite will always be Spotify.
Depends on the vibe -usually