Just the beginning.
I did it. I decided to take the plunge and enroll in General Assembly’s User Experience Design Immersive, starting in September. I’ve put in my three week notice and braced myself for an undetermined period of unemployment, but a positively bright outlook on the future. I am equal parts excited and petrified for this new chapter and adventure. But that’s what they say right, if your dreams don’t scare you, you’re not dreaming big enough?
Why UX Design? I have always loved the satisfaction that comes from creating something from nothing. There is something so gratifying that comes from knowing that you created this “thing”, especially when you realize that it helps to make other people’s lives a little bit easier. I have never dabbled in any form of design before, but I have always been fascinated by it, and at the same time terrified by it. So why am I choosing to start delving deeper into user experience design now? Because I’ve realized that life is too short to be working with something that doesn’t engage you, that doesn’t motivate you, and that doesn’t make a positive impact on other people’s lives.
Coming from my retail industry background, understanding the customer was what originally intrigued me. We are all human and we are all different, but at the core of it all, we all have similarities in the ways with which we function. I believe it’s possible to design online experiences that appeal to the masses, or at least to your specific user base. Every one of us is unique in our thinking, but there is something to be said about the design of the most seemingly mundane objects in this world that we never think twice about since they simply just work. I think this same concept can be applied to the design of everyday user experiences online.
So really, I think my question is, why not UX Design?