Interview with Mary Lee, DESIGNATION Alum and UX Designer at Devbridge

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Mary Lee is an alum of Ivory Cohort. Coming off a background doing media planning and marketing, Mary had ambitions to learn both design and development, and parlayed her DESIGNATION experience into an amazing job at Devbridge.

 

Where are you now working, and what is your job title?
I am currently a Designer for the User Experience Design team at Devbridge.

Tell us a little bit about your new job!
Right now, I’m focused heavily on UI design, but each and every designer is encouraged and expected to step up in either UX or UI design roles when the demands arise.

How would you describe the DESIGNATION experience?
Challenging, but worth it. I was learning so much material every single day, but it was awesome to look back in just a matter of weeks and see how far I had come in my understanding and application of design and front-end development.

What was the most interesting or useful thing you learned during the cohort?
Inspecting the element! I work with developers every day, and it makes everyone’s lives a little easier when you can manipulate some HTML/CSS to help communicate your design decisions. Also, design thinking principles. I’m a lot more intentional with my designs because I’m asking questions about the user and the context along the way.

“Each person brought unique backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives, and it really challenged my own way of thinking.”

What are the people at DESIGNATION like (including staff, instructor and fellow students)?
The people at DESIGNATION are a bunch of funnies! I can’t imagine having spent 70 hours a week with any other group of people. It’s obvious that the people at DESIGNATION are individuals who want to be there. The staff, the faculty, the students are all incredibly gifted, bright, and hard workers; it’s a solid team.

What were you doing before you came to DESIGNATION?
I was in finance marketing before spending two years as a media planner. I then spent a year in Advancement and Development at my alma mater… so, nothing really pertaining to design.

How did you hear about DESIGNATION, and why did you decide to come?
A little over a year ago, my boyfriend told me that his friend was starting up a full-stack design bootcamp. I didn’t think much of it until my life slowed down and I realized I wanted to pursue my love of design seriously and full time. Within a week, I met with the founders to ask some questions, applied, and got accepted. This was probably one of the more risky decisions I ever made, but as they say, the greater the risk, the greater the reward!

How did DESIGNATION help prepare you for your new role?
The staff and faculty invested in my growth and development not only as a full-stack designer, but also as a professional. It’s hard to pin-point specifically the ways in which my experience at DESIGNATION was beneficial (there are so many!), but ultimately, DESIGNATION gave me the confidence to pursue a career in this field seriously.

What was your favorite part of the DESIGNATION experience?
Meeting my cohort! We were a smaller group (eleven people), but it was incredible to see a diverse group of people from all over the states come together to achieve a common goal. Each person brought unique backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives, and it really challenged my own way of thinking. I made some really great friends through DESIGNATION, and I can’t imagine my life now without them.

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What advice would you give to someone who was trying to break into the industry?
Just keep learning and immerse yourself constantly. Oh wait, isn’t that what going to DESIGNATION is for? 🙂

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