Marlayne Dobill is a graduate of the Lavender Cohort. Marlayne managed international academic conferences before coming to Designation to pursue a career in visual design.
Where do you work, and what’s your job title?
I’m a Visual Designer at Appiphony.
Tell us briefly about your company.
I work with an insanely talented, kickass group of designers and developers, specialized in building Salesforce custom apps for clients around the world. Appiphony has been my biggest supporter while transitioning into the tech field.
Tell us briefly about your job.
Given the nature of software consulting, I get the opportunity to work on a variety of projects and design requests. I spend most of the time prototyping concepts directly into front-end code for faster iterations and live demos.
What did you do professionally before you started at Designation? And where did you live?
I managed international academic conferences at a non-profit based in Chicago. The majority of my role involved designing web content and interacting with developers to promote each conference.
How did you hear about Designation? And why did you decide to attend?
I knew I needed to jump into the deep end of product design while learning real-world applications. After researching Designation and calling up a few alums, my decision was made. I was ready to invest four months of my life for a more meaningful future.
How would you describe your Designation experience?
Designation was a safe testing ground to learn and try out new theories and practices while building solid UX and UI skills in a professional setting. After surviving and even thriving in Designation, I feel confident knowing I can tackle whatever challenge comes next.
What made your Designation experience unique?
Besides meeting Bill Clinton who came to visit 1871 one day, I’ll never forget the first time presenting my work to a client. It was a surreal experience and I was so proud of all the hard work from not just myself, but all my teammates. We were prepared to succeed!
What are the people at Designation like?
Everyone I met at Designation was on my side, rooting for me when times were tough and days turned into all-nighters. The staff and instructors were always available and knowledgeable when we hit roadblocks. I couldn’t have asked for a better, quirkier cohort who were serious about honing their craft and helping each other out.
What’s your favorite thing about being a professional designer now?
I love the constant evolution of this industry and seeing a vague idea turned into a viable product. I get to be immersed in a work culture where values are taken seriously and leaders emerge from all positions.
“I’ll never forget the first time presenting my work to a client. It was a surreal experience and I was so proud of all the hard work from not just myself, but all my teammates. We were prepared to succeed!”
What advice can you give to someone trying to start in the design industry?
Learn to code! Even if you have no plans on being a developer, design is so intertwined with code these days that even a basic grasp of the language will set you ahead of the crowd.