UX/UI Designer in the making

The title of this article is exactly the same as my current job status shown at LinkedIn. I chose it in order to stay true to the facts, and that is, I just joined Ironhack’s UX/UI Design Development Bootcamp in Madrid.

This means that during nine weeks I’ll have the chance to learn as much as I can about the subject so I would launch a professional career in the field. It sounds promising, but nothing in life comes for free and that also means I’ll spend many hours working in and outside the classroom, from Monday to Friday (plus reading/studying during the week-ends). Long live the new learning methods!

Each week we’ll be covering an specific area of the UX/UI fields, and also new teachers will come along the way. The first week has revolved around the subject of User Research and it was conducted by juan perucho, a User experience and Service designer, Design consultant and Podcaster (for the Spanish speakers, try out his all-about-humans podcast soundcloud.com/disenohumano).

Juan had the dubious privilege of breaking the ice at the Bootcamp with this subject, but in the light of our presentations during his final class it was clear he succeed at his task. He managed to make us understand how important and valuable is the information you obtain during the research phase of a project, and how this will undoubtedly affect the final result of the product you’re designing.

During the week we covered various aspects of User Research, from the Design Thinking process to the different methods used to extract and interpret information. We had a weekly group activity plus an individual one so we could directly apply what we were learning every day, and this forced us to stay focused on the subject, constantly analysing what we had in front of us (sometimes maybe too much).

Personally, I was surprised to realise how interesting and creative this area of UX design is. Contrary to what I initially thought, User Research demands a lot of imagination and empathy for the end user in order to find the best solution to their problems. In other words, meta never felt better.

Besides, I found comforting the fact that my mates were in the pursuit of the same goal than I, all mixed up with the emotions of starting something new. Our joint effort culminated with some beers to celebrate the end of the first week together with the Ironhack staff, which is always good to reinforce the community feeling they strive to build up.

Next week there’ll be new topics to learn and projects to work on. I’ll do my best to keep up with the writing, adding new content about the working processes we’re carrying out. Let the party begin!

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