Morocco 🇲🇦

Zakaria Ajaboud

Product Designer at Hostelworld

Hello! I'm Zak and I'm Product Designer at Hostelworld and Co-founder of Afer Surf hostel in Morocco. I'm passionate about Surfing, producing music and traveling. 🏄
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Where are you from and/or where are you based as a Memorisely student?

I’m from Morocco, Currently based between Essaouira and Taghazout, Morocco.  My next move Porto, Portugal.

Essaouira, Morocco

Taghazout, Morocco

Sundesk, Taghazout, Morocco

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

I worked as a Web developer for five years and three years as a founder of Afer surf hostel! The thing I care most about is creating experiences that leave a positive impact on people. I have worked as a freelance UI Designer for a while, and I wanted to go beyond visual design; it was that moment when I decided to focus on User Experience to create a product that makes people's life easier and accessible to everyone.

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

I enrolled in the UX/UI Design Bootcamp to learn new research skills and optimize my UX process workflow. The reason for attending this live Bootcamp was to meet and network with like-minded designers, but also I’m a big fan of learning by doing, which proves the be an effective method for learning anything.

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

The most exciting part is to see my classmate's faces and to zone out from work for 2 hours and learn. I think it's so important to always be learning, no matter where you are in your career!

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

My favourite part is interacting with other people. the one learning that has surprised is how much I can do with Figjam. So now I use it a lot over other tools.

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

As a self-taught designer, the lack of formal education can be a big challenge, especially during user research. I feel that I know exactly what I want to do and how to do it, but i can’t communicate it in the best way. So, that was the reason I decided to take Memorisely Bootcamp to improve my workflow.

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

As I’m definitely not a morning person, but i would say it’s happening so my days would be to wake up at 6h45am when I have class and something between 7h45am-8h30am GMT if no class.

During class days: Make coffee. Bootcamp class. Break.  Starting my day working for Hostelworld, if I don’t have class I start at 8 am or 9 am depending. Then lunch. When I’m in Essaouira city, I will go to the gym or beach walk; if in any other location like Imsouane or Taghazout village, I will go for a surf session.

The rest of the day can be different activities from: Hangout with friends, Playing games, Producing music or doing bootcamp homework

What is your current workspace setup?

Not the cleanest setup you will see, sometimes it’s a workspace, and sometimes it’s my little studio which is in the photo there are some missing instruments. I decided to take the photo without hiding the random cables or moving my cup of water, or even fixing the carpet; for me, the most important in a workspace is a natural light, a cosy space, a large monitor, great speakers and a comfy chair.

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

Figma: no description needed.

Notion: I started using notion about a year ago, and I regret every day in the past I haven’t. It’s a great tool to make your life organised better.

Slack: Communication I think it’s a really good app.

GoFullPage: I take loads of screenshots for different things, but I have always struggled with long pages until I discover this tool.

Loom: This tool is one of the greatest ever. I discovered Loom last year, it makes your life easier when it comes to recording your screen it is also possible to record your camera.

Webflow: The best no-code tool to build advanced pages related to HTML CSS JS without writing a single code.

What tunes do you listen to while designing?

I’m very open-minded and passionate when it comes to music.

Besides designing my biggest hobby, music, in my free time, I produce electronic music, and i DJ sometimes. I have made this playlist. It’s a mix of organic electronic music.  Enjoy the journey 😀

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

  1. Do your pre-Bootcamp homework and join the community it’s really important for a good start.
  2. Be humble and look at the big picture and never say it’s enough always make sure to do your research, practice and go beyond things.
  3. Google it, learn how to Google. It will save you life and you will progress faster.

Thanks for reading my story!

Morocco 🇲🇦

Zakaria Ajaboud

Product Designer at Hostelworld

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