3 min read - 2 June 2023
Last week, I had the pleasure to interview my colleague Joanna, about the things that motivate her as a UX/UI designer and what she's learned so far at UX coach. So, read on and find out what drove Joanna, who started with a finance degree to pursue her journey in UX/UI and how she stays consistent with it.
How long have you been working as a UX/UI designer?
"Professionally, with thanks to the opportunity to work with UXCoach, I've been working as a UX/UI designer for a little over a year. However, I've been working on small projects, experimenting, and learning UX/UI for three years, on my own. It's always been something I've been interested in, so it was a hobby originally which, thankfully, grew into something more."
Can you share some experiences that really opened your eyes to the realities of being a designer?
"There were quite a few, actually! One, for example, that really stands out was when I was working on my first big project. We were competing against another set of designers and I was really nervous. I felt like a fraud, like there's no way I could compete. But, I was motivated, because I thought 'no matter what happens, at least I'll learn something!' And I did, I learned a lot about work flow structure. Plus, it was great that the company did choose our design. Another experience was working for another big project and wow! It amazed me how long and extensive certain projects can be. But, I learned that maintaining consistent communication between you, the client, and your team is essential in this field. So, stay consistent and eager to learn more."
What are your struggles during work?
"Well, as a newer designer, I feel like I'm very eager to create things that are unique and trendy. But, as I've learned, that's not always what's best for the client. Often, you will need to humble yourself and stick to a vision that fits and is consistent their brand. In other instances, the client will be contradicting, especially towards what they want. But as a designer, you'll need to find that silver lining between what they want and what they need. Also, there will be times when you'll be playing several roles during a project, including that of a project manager. So you'll need to learn to put your foot down respectively with certain clients."
What are your thoughts on the future of UX/UI design?
"I think the future is bright in the UX/UI field! More companies and people are starting to realize how essential it is for the success of a brand. Before, barely anyone knew what this field was. They thought we just toyed around with websites, but now more people understand and that's great for us. We are becoming more in demand than ever before. And, with the rapid expansion of technology, especially AI, we'll be able to play our roles and do our jobs in such a more efficient and different manner. I'm excited for it!"