We start with the Good F**king Design Advice Pledge, then we talk.

I, _________________, hereby swear to abandon all fear; to question everything; to trust in myself; to honor those before me as I excel, and to support those who follow as they ascend. I swear that I will never accept another’s standard for success, as I set mine one measure higher. When I am finished, no one will ever f**king look at _________________ the same way again. #GFDAPledge

Alright, now that we’re all pledged in, let’s get to business.

Who Am I?

I am currently a Freelance Web/Graphic Designer dedicating myself to evolving into a UX/UI Designer with Front-End Development skills.

A short overview on my background:

  • Attended a high school specializing in Visual Arts
  • Went to college for Graphic Design
  • Worked as a Production Layout Intern
  • Worked as a Freelance Designer
  • Worked as a Junior Web Designer for two startup companies
  • Went to university to study New Media Studies
  • …Then dropped out.

So there you have it. But wait, why did I drop out of university? Well I wanted to follow in Steve Jobs And Mark Zuckerburg’s footsteps of course! Not quite.

The term UX/UI Design was one I encountered through various resources, but mainly in the online Design community on RGD, Twitter, forums, and the like. As a design student I wasn’t heavily encouraged to learn code, but quickly found it to be an asset in the working world. Working with the Development team at the aforementioned startups was one of my best experiences. I loved seeing my wireframes and mock-ups becoming a working reality. Understanding the constraints the developers had, helped me to create better designs. My job was to think about how can I create better designs for users so they can easily understand, navigate our products, — in the grand scheme of things have an excellent experience. Wait a minute…this is the foundation of UX Design isn’t it? Human-Centered Design.

I wanted to do more of that, and less creating blog post and social media images for the Marketing team. I needed to grow. I applied to University and got in, but after a few weeks of fundamental first-year classes, I felt like I was in the wrong place. It was very specific material that I wanted to learn. It sounds silly and straightforward reading it now, but I had convinced myself getting a degree from University was the answer.

A week into being a university drop-out and unemployed (luckily I’m still quite young and live at home) I was searching online and looking at alternative options I found Coursera.org which was offering an Interaction Design Specialization certificate with 7 in depth courses. I read through the syllabui and it blew my mind. That’s where I currently stand.

In the following entries to come I will document my progress on this journey to becoming a UX/UI Designer, with all the twists and turns along the way.

Thanks for reading, take care!

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I was inspired by Dominik Michna a UI developer from the Czech Republic, and Nguyen Le ex-creative director of Bliss Media in Melbourne Australia, to start this blog. Please check their blogs out if you are looking for UI/UX Design inspiration as well.