What does it mean to be creative

All my life I admired artists and designers who were naturally talented at creating beautiful works. I always noticed and appreciate good design, but never thought I could actually design. I imagined that artists and designers were like good singers; not without practice nor natural talent. I was told that I was destined for a role as a caregiver, writer, editor, or anthropologist. I put design, art and pretty much any career that required creativity out of my reach.

I went to college and got a degree in communication, thinking I could do pretty much anything. After graduating I began working as an event coordinator. I realized the parts of my job I loved the most all involved me using creative problem solving or creating something and making it visually pleasing. When my company closed out of the blue I began having an existential crisis. Events was not what I wanted to be doing, but I had no idea what my next move would be. I started looking at marking coordinator positions and communication specialist roles, but was not adequately qualified for anything I found. I had done some event work for NN/g, the leaders in UX thought and training. When I came across a job posting for UX Designer and new I had to find somewhere to get training. UX was my salvation. I found General Assembly and the rest is history.

I learned right alway that even though I couldn’t draw, paint, or animate I am creative. I could solve problems, think critically, and quickly learn how to use creative software. I began learning UX and visual design concepts. I realized that I can design both experiences and interfaces. My ability to flip a problem on its side and find unusual solutions makes me as creative as anyone else.

UX Design is so special because it provides a space for creatives of every kind to use their soft skills to change the world. Tools like sketch, photoshop, Axure, etc., can all be learned. Having empathy, integrity, and patience are skills you have to learn by experience, reflection, and personal development.

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