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I want to tell you a story, a story about how you changed my life and how grateful I am for it. My name is Rabia Oshay, a young woman born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. I consider myself a lucky person. I grew up in a house with running drinking water, electricity and a cosy bed to sleep in. I had the opportunity to attend college (although I have not finished yet ??). I could keep telling you about my personal life, but you would be bored in 20 seconds. …


I was travelling from Pretoria, in South Africa where I live, heading to Maputo in Mozambique, my hometown, when I saw a billboard promoting a car, on the signature they had: An Italian design. I was impressed and, at the same time, a little jealous. I was impressed because I began to wonder what Italy had done to become synonymous with quality so that brands could use the country’s name and do not have to say anything else. I was jealous because it was hard for me to say something similar about my country, as well as about my continent.


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This article is part of a series of interviews with world-class designers. I’ve interviewed junior to senior designers from companies such as IDEO, Dropbox, Visa, Airbnb, Toptal, Shopify and others. “Questions to your younger self” was the format I used because I believe that it’s easier to give advice to my younger self than to someone else.

So, in order to make the life of my interviewees easy, they would just have to give recommendations and advice to their younger selves on what it takes to become a world-class designer and what they should avoid to speed up the process.


iPhone with Shapes Mockup

I decided to challenge myself to test my design skills. So I started working on this app idea that I’ve been thinking about for some time now. The app helps to achieve a simple task: check data and airtime usage without having to remember too many USSD codes.

It is a problem that I’ve been dealing with, mainly because telecoms change their codes and add new ones all the time, and each Telecom has its USSD codes for the same offer or service. So as you can imagine, it is too much to memorise.

My main goal is to check…


Farai Madzima, UX Lead at Shopify

This article is part of a series of 10 interviews with world-class designers. I’ve interviewed Junior to Senior designers from companies such as IDEO, Dropbox, Visa, Airbnb, Toptal, Shopify and others.

“Questions to your younger self” was the format I used because I believe that it’s easier to give advice to my younger self than to someone else. …


Elaine Chu, Senior Product Designer at Grab

This article is part of a series of 10 interviews with world-class designers. I’ve interviewed Junior to Senior designers from companies such as IDEO, Dropbox, Visa, Airbnb, Toptal, Shopify and others.

“Questions to your younger self” was the format I used because I believe that it’s easier to advise my younger self than to someone else. So, to make the life of my interviewees easy, they would have to give recommendations and advice to their younger selves on what it takes to become a world-class designer and what they should avoid to speed up the process.

Without further ado, meet…


David Boardman, Head of Design at Citi Ventures Studio

This article is part of a series of 10 interviews with world-class designers. I’ve interviewed Junior to Senior designers from companies such as IDEO, Dropbox, Visa, Airbnb, Toptal, Shopify and others.

“Questions to your younger self” was the format I used because I believe that it’s easier to give advice to my younger self than to someone else. …


Lumen Bigott, Experience Designer at Airbnb

This article is part of a series of 10 interviews with world-class designers. I’ve interviewed Junior to Senior designers from companies such as IDEO, Dropbox, Visa, Airbnb, Toptal, Shopify and others.

“Questions to your younger self” was the format I used because I believe that it’s easier to give advice to my younger self than to someone else. …


Erico Fileno, Head of Innovation & Design at Visa

This article is part of a series of 10 interviews with world-class designers. I’ve interviewed Junior to Senior designers from companies such as IDEO, Dropbox, Visa, Airbnb, Toptal, Shopify and others.

“Questions to your younger self” was the format I used because I believe that it’s easier to give advice to my younger self than to someone else. …


Product Designer (UX & UI) at Toptal

This article is part of a series of 10 interviews with world-class designers. I’ve interviewed Junior to Senior designers from companies such as IDEO, Dropbox, Visa, Airbnb, Toptal, Shopify and others.

“Questions to your younger self” was the format I used because I believe that it’s easier to give advice to my younger self than to someone else. …

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