But I’m not giving up & you shouldn’t either.

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Being a newbie in the industry where junior designers are expected to have an average of at least 2+ years of experience amongst other things is pretty daunting and frustrating, to say the least.

Now, this isn’t a story where I somehow break through despite the barriers set before me, with an awesome career that pays well. Nor is it about a typical millennial having to deal with the uncertainty that comes with being unemployed in the midst of a pandemic. No, this is a story about pushing forward, despite it all. This is a story about failure, but also of persistence and resilience. …


This story is about how I got over my nerves preparing for an interview and developed new-found confidence instead.

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Interviews used to be super nerve-wracking for me when I was in high school and even college — the fear of saying the wrong thing, saying too much or too little, or not being charismatic enough to win over my interviewer. The fear of rejection devoured my confidence. Nowadays, those nerves — that fear — hardly come up at all. I still get a bit nervous, but out of anticipation and excitement, surprisingly enough.

What helped changed this?

  1. Having a growth mindset
  2. Just being myself
  3. Self-care

I’ve wholeheartedly internalized the idea that we grow from making mistakes. Going into an interview doesn’t scare me anymore because I know that regardless of the outcome, I will learn something new and valuable to add to my arsenal. I think Co-Vid also had a huge hand in my changed perspective, especially when it comes to what I stress over on a day-to-day basis. I understood that it wasn’t going to be the end of the world if I messed up or if the company did not offer me the job. I was going to be fine; hell, I was going to be more than fine if I chose to learn from my experience. Plus, I stopped trying to be someone I wasn’t. …


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I’ve been working with a friend of mine to create the branding for her up-and-coming business. She’s a yoga instructor whose goal is to provide a welcoming space for people of color to practice yoga, mindfulness, and overall self-care. It’s exciting to get to be a part of this next step in her journey and bring her vision to life with my designs.

She eventually wants to sell merchandise through her website and wants me to develop various logo designs. I found it hard to find free SVG illustrations that fit perfectly with her business’s aesthetic, so I figured I would create them by hand instead. …


Why Accessibility Matters

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In part 3 of “My top rookie mistakes as a UX/UI Designer” series, I will continue to share what I’ve learned while becoming a designer.

If you read part 1 and 2 of my series, you will know that I’ve made many mistakes, and probably still will. This 3-part series could likely continue and become a 100 part series for all I know. But that’s more than okay, because as President Barack Obama once said, “You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.”

So with that said, I will share another rookie mistake I’ve made but have learned from, this time, when it comes to creating accessible designs. …


How I’m learning to push forward during a time of uncertainty.

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I’ve been unemployed-ish for about three months now. After graduating, I spent most of my days applying for jobs, working on my craft, and picking up freelance design gigs to gain experience in UX/UI design. The uncertainty at the time was a bit scary but exciting.

In the wake of CO-Vid and George Floyd’s death, things took quite a shift. My goals of finding an excellent job and focusing on my designs seemed insignificant compared to the global pandemic and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. I cast them aside and spent hours upon hours a day trying to do what I could for BLM. For several weeks, I would wake up thinking I didn’t do enough the previous day and would go harder. …


Mistakes Made in Working With Real Clients

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In one of my previous posts, I shared a few of my biggest mistakes as a rookie in the UX/UI design industry, particularly when it comes to ideation and prototyping. In part 2, I will continue to share with you parts of my journey in growing as a designer — this time as it relates to working with clients and across teams.

If you’ve read part 1, awesome. Thank you for joining me for part 2! If you haven’t, no worries! The ultimate lesson I’d like anyone to take away from my “rookie mistakes”, regardless of where you are in this series, is to know that mistakes are okay, especially in this industry. …


I explore the question of whether or not involving people necessarily means that your design process is human-centered. Short answer is: no.

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Feel free to read part 1 of this case study.

In part 2 of Zach’s video, titled “The Try Guys EXTREME Caffeine Taste Test — Zach’s Tea ep2”, he invites the rest of the Try Guys (Ned, Eugene, and Keith) to “join” him in his quest to create the perfect tea for his company! So exciting! While practicing social distancing, each member (minus Zach) is tasked with trying out some of the world’s most caffeinated beverages, including coffee, teas, soda, and energy drinks. …


Systemic racism is real, and in order to work towards change, it’s not enough just to say you’re anti-racist. We have to actively fight against it. This week, I actively chose to leverage my design skills and amplify the designs of others as an act of solidarity and activism. We ALL have a role to play, and this was just one of mine. But, the fight doesn’t end here. This is only the start.

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A series I designed and posted on Instagram called “Cast your Vote”. It lists ways in which we can be active allies and highlights original works from other creators.

All Lives can’t matter until Black Lives Matter.

I am non-black, and I will never understand the black experience. Yet, I stand with my black brothers and sisters as we move in the direction of justice and uproot this broken system we live in. Our country was built on “the back of slavery and racism”. Change is long overdue and we must take action together. …


I explore the question of whether or not involving people necessarily means that your design process is human-centered. Short answer is: no.

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Photo by Jonas Leupe on Unsplash

I’m a self-proclaimed Tryceratops (an appropriately cute and fitting name that has been given to Try Guy fans across the globe), and if you don’t know who the Try Guys are, no worries. It’s not completely relevant to this post. Just know that they are Youtube personalities/stars, and that one in particular, by the name of Zach Kornfeld, is in the process of starting his own tea company and creating his own teas.

Why am I using Zach as a case study for my curiosities and exploration of human-centered design?

Because I want to! Plain and simple. And if it hasn’t already been said, I’m a huge fan. To prove it, I created fan art the other day (which understandably went unnoticed, hence why I’m shamelessly posting it on here to be seen by the world). …


Mistakes Made in Ideation & Prototyping

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As a novice UX/UI designer who still has much to learn about the field as a whole, I can say with confidence that I’ve been able to learn and grow from many of my mistakes. And my, were they big ones! I will be breaking down my biggest pitfalls in a 3-part series. Hopefully these posts help you avoid some of the same pitfalls! In part 1 of this series, I will share 2 rookie mistakes that I made when it came to ideation and prototyping.

  1. I focused too much on visuals early on
  2. I made designs choices that lacked…

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Ginalyn Mina

Teacher turned UX/UI Designer

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