Interview with Adrian Aras, DESIGNATION Alum and Visual Designer at Fjord

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Adrián Aras was a member of Diamond cohort. His experiences at DESIGNATION allowed him to take his skills from freelancing to working at the design consultancy Fjord.

 

Where are you now working, and what is your job title?
I am a Visual Designer at Fjord.

How would you describe the DESIGNATION experience?
DESIGNATION was like a family to me. Everyone was incredibly collaborative and always willing to help in any way possible. The entire experience from the beginning was amazing. It involved a lot of hard work, long hours, and brainstorming but the good thing was that it was worth it. The instructors, the people, everything was great. Time goes by really fast, so I would say enjoy it as much as you can and practice, practice, practice.

What was the most interesting or useful thing you learned during the cohort?
I learned a lot of things, but if I have to choose one, I’d say I learned how to make things using a process and by being better organized. With the help of my team and instructors I was able to personalize this process and make it my own. And it helped me with all of my projects to this day.

What are the people at DESIGNATION like (including staff, instructor and fellow students)?
Amazing people, open minded, and very talented. I was never afraid of sharing ideas or whatever I had on my mind. The support from the staff, instructors and students made DESIGNATION a place where I felt comfortable and eager to keep learning.

“DESIGNATION was like a family to me. Everyone was incredibly collaborative and always willing to help in any way possible.”

What were you doing before you came to DESIGNATION?
Freelancing and looking for a place to build my portfolio. I was looking for a change and DESIGNATION was the perfect fit.

How did you hear about DESIGNATION, and why did you decide to come?
I heard about DESIGNATION through a friend. She was in one of the first cohorts. I asked a lot of questions, just to make sure that enrolling in DESIGNATION would be beneficial for me. And thanks to her help, I finally made the decision to join the bootcamp.

How did DESIGNATION help prepare you for your new role?
It helped me to create a great portfolio based on real clients with real problems. It also challenged me in ways I wouldn’t have been challenged staying at home and trying to teach myself new things through courses on the Internet or other self-study.

“DESIGNATION helped me to create a great portfolio based on real clients with real problems. The whole experience was amazing.”

What was your favorite part of the DESIGNATION experience?
Getting to know amazing people that were in the same situation I was. Getting to solve real problems for real clients and build my portfolio off of it. The whole DESIGNATION experience was amazing.

What advice would you give to someone who was trying to break into the industry?
Work hard and play hard. If being a designer is something you really enjoy and love, then work hard, but don’t forget to play as well. Don’t make it a tedious job, make it something fun. Be open to listening and learning new stuff. Listen to what other students have to share. There’s always something new to learn. Be open to feedback from the instructors and the students, embrace that, and keep challenging yourself every day.

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