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Certain words in the English language tend to make us humans cringe a bit, or at least slightly uncomfortable. Personally, the words “moist” and “yolk” are among my group, along with a few others and… design. As I have pointed out throughout my entries, design is something I have successfully avoided dealing with in my life- whether it’s work or play. Convinced early on (high school art classes) that I never had an “eye for design,” I took on this course to try to master the skills and techniques a UX designer uses daily, and I think I’m doing pretty ok!
Last week, I discussed how much I love working in groups, collaborating with everyone else and adapting with the different dynamics to form new ideas & get creative! This week, I think favorite part of the class so far (already done week 6! Time is flying!) is working individually on my final project. I have been investing a lot of my own time into working on the idea and I feel like I’ve come a long way! I ended up changing my idea at the end of Week 5 which was a bit of a curveball, but what I’m working on right now, I’m incredibly passionate about! I have formulated a ton of research, created and tested out personas, wire framed and sketched the mobile and website models and am currently working on the design features for mobile. I’ll be making a marketplace, e-commerce type website and have quickly learned how important details are. Filters are something I am paying special attention to in order to ensure my website is unique from just any other online shop.
Over the course of the last 6 weeks, I have been immersing myself in all things design related and tend to regularly use the lingo in meetings at work! I work closely with the creative team in my role of a Customer Success Manager, and it has actually created a much smoother and quicker collaboration process for us. I have started noticing certain features on my favorite websites (mobile accessibility and fluidity versus web pages) that tend to drive me crazy! I think it’s safe to say I’ve been a bit brainwashed at brainstation by UX (hah! Did you get that joke? A little? Ok.).
I’m excited to spend the final weeks polishing up my final project and checking out what everyone else has come up with over the course of the last few weeks!