What are you working on these days?
Currently, I am a UX/UI Design consultant at a Government agency. I work on end-to-end processes leading the design part from user research, information architecture, user testing to wireframing, prototyping and creating a design system. I also mentor and teach UX/UI Design to University students so that they are experiencing real-world work situations outside of textbooks.
I also work on my e-commerce business, Pocketi, coming up with new designs and strategising business in terms of marketing and operations. Occasionally, I do food photography and blogging on the weekend too!
Why UX/Design? What is it that fascinates or excites you about the space?
I love my job and think that I have the best job in the world. I chose UX/UI Design because my work makes people happy, makes business better and the opportunity to get my design recognised by millions and billions of people. I can say that “I DESIGNED THAT!” and that motivates me to be in this job every day. UX/UI Design does not make me a designer but it taught me marketing, psychology, business, data and tech. As an entrepreneurial-minded person, I was able to utilise my UX/UI design skills for innovation and business strategy.
Any tips to share with our readers who want to break into design?
Step 1: Know yourself, what you like and don’t like, what you’re capable of. I find that a lot of people want to get into UX/UI because of the ‘trend’ or because ‘it pays well.’ My job involves a lot in presentation, standing up for my own design, managing relationships with high profile stakeholders/clients, rapid designing/prototyping that I had 1-2 days to do, documentation, sometimes coding and working with developers to bring my design to life.
Step 2: What to study to get into UX/UI? If you’re a university student, a degree such as psychology, any design degree, computer science or information system/information tech will probably touch on UX/UI a bit. Ultimately, I don’t think you need a specific degree to become a UX/UI Designer. You can teach yourself these skills yourself and seek a mentor to validate your work (that’s what I did).
Step 3: Know the roles that UX/UI play in different industries. There is a difference between UX designer, UX researcher, visual designer, product designer, UI designer and UX/UI design consultant. Although they all sound very similar and what we have in common in ‘design thinking skills’, your everyday work is actually different and also the culture within the company. I have been a UX/UI designer in a tech company, in corporate, and now as a consultant. My role has been different every time (but I still get to design).