Jimmy Yoon is a graduate of the Kobi Cohort. Joining us us straight out of college, Jimmy came to DESIGNATION in order to pursue a career as a professional designer.
Where do you work, and what’s your job title?
I work at Trunk Club as an Associate Product Designer.
Tell us briefly about your company?
Trunk Club is trying to reinvent the shopping retail experience through great customer service and by making it enjoyable and convenient. After signing up for the service, you’re paired with dedicated, personal stylists who capture style preferences to pick out quality clothes. The stylist will then take those handpicked clothes and send them to your home or show you in person if you live near any of the six clubhouses across the country. My team is made up of eight product designers.
Tell us briefly about your job.
My job consists of working on internal digital tools, which includes those that stylists use, along with member-facing applications. Along with constantly iterating and improving existing features and software, we also scope out future work, thus constantly working in all parts of the design thinking process.
What did you do professionally before you started at DESIGNATION?
I was a rising senior at Northwestern University when I attended.
How did you hear about DESIGNATION? And why did you decide to attend?
Two alums who were friends at Northwestern, Abi Koh and Michael Yom, raved about the program. I chose to enroll because of my passion for design, technology, and problem-solving. I always had an interest in technology and after getting more immersed in graphic design, I stumbled upon other design fields like UX. Because I was already in my third year in college, I knew changing majors was too late and going to grad school wasn’t an option financially. After hearing about DESIGNATION, I thought it fit exactly what I was looking for.
What made your DESIGNATION experience unique?
One of my close friends from college, Nelson Chang, did the program with me. We could geek out about all the awesome design things we were learning.
What did you find was the most useful skill, tool, or experience from your time in the program?
I honestly loved learning front-end development, and I think it was mainly because a lot of things started to “click” when I was in the classroom vs. trying to learn it on my own virtually. It allowed me to take a design and turn it into a realistic prototype that simulated as real of an experience for a user as possible, thus obtaining accurate reactions.
How did DESIGNATION help prepare you for your job?
The real-world client work really helped prepare me for my job because it pushed me to use the design thinking process to a point where it became second nature. At Trunk Club, because everyone is working on a variety of projects, all at different stages, we constantly exercise design thinking. I might run user research sessions one day, design screens later that day, and follow up later with a developer about a design in production.
What’s your favorite thing about being a professional designer now?
I think I really love working around experienced and tenured designers that constantly teach me how to be a better designer. I also love knowing that the work I’m doing will help a lot of people. That’s also motivating to make sure I scope out feedback and research correctly to better inform design decisions.
“Never stop asking questions, whether it be of peers or mentors, or sending cold emails to designers you admire.”
What advice can you give to someone trying to start in the design industry?
Never stop asking questions, whether it be of peers or mentors, or sending cold emails to designers you admire. What I’ve come to know is that most of the design community—if not all—is so open to helping and mentoring those trying to break into the industry. There are so many problems that need help being solved by new designers.