Sometime in 2019, I nearly completely abandoned social media and it drastically improved my life. Social media has never been a time sink for me, as I’ve never been a person who posts a picture to commemorate every important or instagram-able moment of my life — except when I go chasing gorgeous sunsets with my DSLR on vacation. In fact, 2018 was really the first year I actively used my Instagram. …


Unicorns are real. I promise!

I’m a unicorn. No, not the magical, mythical being you immediately thought of — I AM a magical, mythical being for sure, but in this case, I’m referring to the industry term that represents a person who can not only design but write code as well. Since people like this are rare, we call them “Unicorns.” So how did I become this magical, mythical, rare being?


Reflecting on life post-bootcamp in Bangkok, Thailand

Deep breath. A lot in my life has changed in the past 5 months.

I’m a recent graduate of Ironhack’s UI/UX part-time bootcamp. I’m also a graduate of Ironhack’s Front-End Web Development full-time bootcamp. The industry calls me a “Unicorn” and I wear that title proudly.

I’ve been spending my post-graduation summer in travel bliss; I spent some time working on a contract gig in southeast Asia, which spawned an epic vacation that gave me time to reflect on my experience at Ironhack and what I could have done differently to make my web development bootcamp experience smoother.

Prior to…


I’m currently working on a project for the National Wellness Institute and just completed the second phase of what I’m building for my UI/UX bootcamp at Ironhack’s Miami campus.

Cover photo by Marion Michele on Unsplash — a great resource for photography!

In my last article, I discussed specifically getting started with this project — first, I needed to pick a topic (I chose Fitness). I then performed user research to find out what my users want out of a fitness app. Check out my article “UI/UX Project: Wellness App — Survey Time!” …


UI/UX Project: Wellness App — Survey Time!

In our second module in the UI/UX class I’m taking at Ironhack, we’re working on a website or app solution for the National Wellness Institute. The prompt stated we could explore any aspect of wellness from fitness to sleep patterns to stress management. I chose to work on a fitness solution.

It’s human nature to think of solutions before understanding the problem. In fact, that’s exactly what I did for this project — I brainstormed with some friends — we decided it’d be fun to make an AR solution that would basically act as if a scary monster were chasing…


Today’s #dailyux challenge (http://2is0.com/dailyux)is all about landing pages! The prompt didn’t specify what kind of landing page to make, so I spent some time thinking about what I could make. Given that I needed to do this project in a day, time was tight, so the only subject matter I could think of was my Dachshund Sake. So I built her a landing page!

User Survey:

Dachshunds don’t talk, but their eyes speak. Instead of interviewing my subject, I used my empathy skills to interpret my dog’s desires. Sake is motivated by two things: Food and Sleep. This landing page…


I’m embarking on a daily UX challenge (http://2is0.com/dailyux/). Today’s challenge is all about creating the perfect wallet for a friend. I picked my friend Samantha for this exercise because Samantha carries a little pink pouch with her everywhere and a new wallet would be great for her.


In our first UI/UX module with Ironhack, we learned about the Google Ventures Design Sprint. Coming from a working world of long, extensive, time consuming, unorganized, inefficient, not well planned and chaotic design and development projects, I perked up when our instructor showed us that the design process can be done in just five days — how can you get people to agree on something in just five days???


In our first UI/UX module with Ironhack, we learned about the Google Ventures Design Sprint. Coming from a working world of long, extensive, time consuming, unorganized, inefficient, not well planned and chaotic design and development projects, I perked up when our instructor showed us that the design process can be done in just five days — how can you get people to agree on something in just five days???


In the UI/UX bootcamp I’m taking with Ironhack we had a prompt to perform a case study on a university website. I chose University of Virginia (virginia.edu) because I’m from Virginia, but more importantly, there is an Alderman Library on campus and since it is named after me, this clearly makes me the owner of the library. While I wait for my payments from UVA for the licensing so they can use my last name, I went ahead and took a look at the site to see if it can be improved from a usability standpoint. …

Kat Alderman

15+ years of experience in ecommerce + UX and Web Design + Development. Interests include travel, photography, yoga, scuba/freediving and Bruce Campbell.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store