London, UK 🇬🇧

Yasmina Geagea

Product Manager / Product Designer

Hi 👋 I’m Yasmina, a Product Designer! When I’m not geeking out on Design topics, you can typically find me propagating plants 🪴, skiing ⛷️, or planning my next trip 🛤️
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Where are you from and/or where are you based as a Memorisely student?

I am from Beirut, Lebanon 🇱🇧 currently living in London 🇬🇧

Beirut is a beautiful and super fun city. This is a picture I took during my most recent visit, you can typically see the snowy mountains from the city during winter. There’s a ski resort only an hour’s drive away, and when you’re on the slopes, you can spot the city if you look closely👇

London’s parks never fail to amaze me, especially when the weather is sunny 👇

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

Having worked in Product Management for most of my career, I started noticing the positive impact that quality user research and design can have on digital products and ultimately on end users. Nowadays, an easy to use, seamless interface is not just what users want, it’s what they expect. Designers really have the power to use their insights and skills to advocate for end users and ensure the right thing gets built. That is what inspired me to expand my skillset and become a hybrid PM/Designer 🦄

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

I chose the UI Design Bootcamp because I felt like I already had a good grasp of UX fundamentals, but wanted to become more familiar with UI Design principles and how to use them to create useful and beautiful interfaces. I find that I focus and learn best through hands on practice, so that is why I chose Memorisely.

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

It’s really fun! Luke has a really dynamic approach to teaching, and I learn a lot from other designers too. The structure of the class is a good mix of collaborative brainstorming, theory, and mini exercises Live in Figma to make sure we put things into practice 👩🏼‍🎨

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

My favorite part is definitely the moments when we do live exercises in Figma with background music!

One learning that has surprised me is the use of HSB to create color palettes, and how keeping the Hue value consistent can create a harmonious color palette across components 🎨

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

I’m a perfectionist 💁🏼‍♀️ and that often leads me to delay finishing things until I view them as perfect. But I am learning to let go and accept that the effort and practice is as important as the end result, and that using an iterative process is key to getting as close to perfection as possible.

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

I typically like to go on a long walk first thing in the morning, it helps me clear my mind and prepares me for the day ahead.

Before jumping into class, I make coffee using my V60 dripper, it’s a daily ritual that I find relaxing and meditative.

After class, I normally jump straight into work, I currently work in Product management for a Danish Fintech company, where I look after the Trading product. Once I’ve powered through morning meetings, it’s time to do focused work. In my current role, this can range from creating or refining mockups and prototypes, preparing for upcoming workshops, presentations or demos, or adding detail and clarifying user stories in my team’s backlog.

I typically enjoy a second coffee to fuel my afternoon, but this time, I make an espresso using my Moka pot. I love watching the slow stream of coffee flowing down 💆🏼‍♀️☕

Once I finish work, I usually allocate some time to review the concepts I learned in class and do the weekly homework. I aim to squeeze in a workout and unwind either by meeting friends for dinner/a fun activity, or by having a quiet night in where I watch series, read a book, or play relaxing video games.

What is your current workspace setup?

All about minimalism. I find that having a standing desk and good chair is super important. And of course, Post-its and a Sharpie 🙂

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

Microsoft To Do, Slack, Notion, Miro, and of course...Figma!

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

I recently walked into a till-free Amazon Fresh grocery store and it was such a satisfying experience! All I had to do was scan my Amazon barcode when I entered the store. I then grabbed everything I needed, and left without paying (it felt a little bit like stealing to be honest 😅). A few minutes later, I received an itemised receipt via email charging the card linked to my Amazon account. mind. blown 🤯

What tunes do you listen to while designing?

I love listening to this playlist I created on Spotify when I’m doing focused work.

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

  1. Focus on hands-on practice rather than chasing perfection, especially in the beginning
  2. Always adopt a learner’s mindset. As a designer, your learning is never done as the industry is always evolving
  3. Don’t be too hard on yourself, make sure to enjoy the journey!

Thanks for reading my story!

London, UK 🇬🇧

Yasmina Geagea

Product Manager / Product Designer

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