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If you would’ve told me a year ago that in February 2019 I’d be a confident full-stack software developer, I wouldn’t have believed you. At this time last year, I was working at Coding With Kids, an education organization that brings after-school coding classes to elementary schools across the country. While it was a very rewarding and fun job, I didn’t consider myself a true programmer teaching Scratch. While it’s a brilliant visual programming language, it is meant for children to learn coding concepts and cannot replace real-world software development. Fast forward to fall 2018, and while I had enjoyed…


I have been spending the last couple of months relentlessly applying to jobs, networking, interviewing, taking online courses and watching design tool tutorials, working on projects, and continually growing from the process. One thing that I’ve learned from job interviews and casual meetings with mid to late-career Design/Engineering professionals is that the industry — both in companies and agencies — is leaning heavily towards the senior-level of the hiring spectrum, making it it difficult for junior designers to break into UX/UI and land that coveted first gig. But don’t fret!! …


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When I joined Operation HOPE as Web Content Fellow in summer 2015, I was eager to learn more about the work of the nonprofit and how it utilized its digital presence for thousands of clients worldwide. Under the supervision of the Senior Designer, I took on as many projects as I could to gain experience in tools like Adobe Creative Suite, HTML/CSS, and WordPress. …


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Background

When I first joined the Critical Making Studio at Occidental College in 2014, it was a new maker space on campus that very few students and faculty knew about. With a mission to foster an “open learning environment where students and faculty learn how to critically engage with a range of digital production tools and integrate them into their scholarly practice,” I knew that the space had potential to grow into a place where the entire campus community wanted to apply their knowledge and endless curiosity.

The year I was hired to work there, I had begun diving into web…


Earlier this year, I began working as a UX/UI designer for Thicket, a web app with the goal of connecting college students and professors with all academia-related content — assignments, research, questions, etc. Though it was recently acquired by Tikati, the founder will be using design work from Thicket on his Tikati products.

The Problem + User Research

While attending Occidental College, one of the most common complaints and running jokes amongst students was the terribly outdated platforms for assignment posting/commenting, email and grades access, research and other on-campus opportunities, and generally all academia-related material. There were THREE separate online platforms for these seemingly related…


As a curious person exploring all things tech and design, I have been doing as much as I can to continue learning and gaining valuable skills required for today’s ever-evolving roles in the fields I’m interested in pursuing. Recently, I took an Interaction Design course on Designlab. The course was centered around learning interaction design principles and applying them to projects for a fictional business, Good Market.

The first half of the course was usability research focused. This included a competitive analysis report, a business goals + user goals chart, and context of use scenarios.

Beginning with a competitive analysis…


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The job search is a full-time job in itself.

When I was younger, I thought that was just something adults threw around to scare the next generation of workers. However, a few months into my job search, I am realizing more and more the truth of this statement. In a time when truth doesn’t seem to be valued as much as it used to be, applying to jobs is most definitely a job that requires much time and effort. Political landscape aside, the fact is and has always been that a finding a job is not an easy process. …


UX (user experience) is all the rage in the tech/design industries, and for good reason. The demand for UX designers is high at startups and large corporations alike, as they realize that a key to being competitive is focusing focusing on usability and human behavior for their products. While some UX designers attended design-specific schools, my path into UX has been less traditional.

Four years ago, when I started college, I had never heard of UX design, nor did I have any real experience with design in general. I knew I wanted to get into the tech industry, but all…

Abel Quintero

Voraciously curious. Product Design. Code. Music. Urban Design. Architecture. Outdoor Adventures. Equity & Inclusion. These are a few of my favorite things :)

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