Where are you now working, and what is your job title?
I’m a UX Designer at Doejo, an agency located in Chicago.
Tell us a little bit about your new job!
Oh boy! Where do I start? Well, I do a little bit of everything. I work on internal UX projects, to client web and mobile UI designs, to full rebranding projects, to even print and digital work for Bow Truss Coffee Roasters! The great thing about Doejo is they give me the ability to define my own role and future not only within the company, but the direction of Doejo itself. Every day is new and exciting!
How would you describe the DESIGNATION experience?
Life changing. It may sound cheesy, but it helped me land the job I’ve always been searching for! I couldn’t be more grateful for the experience.
What was the most interesting or useful thing you learned during the cohort?
Learning the different software programs was incredibly helpful. I use Illustrator and Photoshop on a regular basis. With the knowledge of those programs, it’s much easier to teach myself to use others like Indesign for branding and print projects.
What are the people at DESIGNATION like (including staff, instructor and fellow students)?
My cohort was a riot! I feel so lucky that I got to share that experience with them. They were all so encouraging and even in the most stressful of times, we always shared a good laugh. And in all the different phases of the program, each instructor brought something different to offer. From critiquing, to branding expertise, to client communications, and career advice, I couldn’t have been happier with their guidance to better me as a designer!
“Each instructor brought something different to offer. From critiquing, to branding expertise, to client communications, and career advice, I couldn’t have been happier with their guidance.”
What were you doing before you came to DESIGNATION?
I was an Operations Coordinator at a visual merchandising company. I was working on and off-site organizing vintage props for inventory and kiting window displays for different retailers all over the country.
How did you hear about DESIGNATION, and why did you decide to come?
My sister was visiting from California, and I was going on a tangent about how I was missing creativity at my current job and didn’t know exactly what to do. Her boyfriend has just finished a coding bootcamp and suggested I look into something similar in Chicago! After researching different programs, DESIGNATION was a no-brainer.
How did DESIGNATION help prepare you for your new role?
DESIGNATION gave me a better understanding of the software programs used in this industry, how to communicate my designs in a professional matter, and how to manage projects on a tight deadline.
What was your favorite part of the DESIGNATION experience?
It is hard to pick a favorite! I think I would have to say collaborating with my cohort members during the client project phase. It was so helpful to hear their honest critiques and to have their support during client presentations. And of course, grabbing a cold brew with them in celebration after another successful client project was in the books!
What advice would you give to someone who was trying to break into the industry?
Don’t second guess yourself. Be confident in your designs. And never stop learning!