Jason Elliot is a graduate of the Topaz Cohort. Prior to joining Designation he worked as an solutions architect and project manager at 4What Interactive.
Tell us briefly about your job.
I recently started a new role as a UX designer with Dell.
Tell us briefly about your company.
I focus on Dell’s IT services. My first project is redesigning their field service app.
I was previously the UX/UI Lead for uStudio, a SaaS video management and live streaming company. I redesigned their platform UI from the ground up, starting with their live streaming feature, which lacked a user-friendly interface.
What did you do professionally before you started at Designation, and why did you decide to attend?
I was a solutions architect and project manager with CloudCoaching International and 4What interactive in Naples, Florida.
While working as a PM, I assisted the production team with product rollouts. I found that line of work to be very rewarding, and discovered I was an ideal candidate to work in UX and UI. I came across Designation on Course Report while extensively researching UX bootcamps and training programs. Designation was my #1 choice because it offered a combination of hard and soft skills, virtual prep course and onsite training, and opportunities to work with live clients—something which most other programs lacked.
How do you describe your Designation experience?
Challenging, intense, frustrating, and rewarding at the same time. Imagine going to work under a tight deadline, but your workday lasts three months! It definitely was a confidence builder and prepared me to handle anything that’s thrown at me.
What was your favorite part of the Designation experience?
The overall environment. I spent the majority of my time in 1871, which has a great energy and was flooded with like-minded individuals and various startups of all types. I also appreciated Designation’s involvement in the industry, bring in past graduates as speakers, holding workshops with industry experts, and providing tours of leading design studios like Capital One and SpotHero.
How did Designation help prepare you for your job?
Client projects! Mock projects assume perfect working conditions and lack the ambiguity associated with real problems. Client projects exposed me to juggling their wants and needs and identifying how to approach problem-solving using the various skills and methods I acquired in the instructional phases of Designation.
Client projects exposed me to juggling their wants and needs, and identifying how to approach problem-solving using the various skills and methods I acquired in the instructional phases of Designation.
What advice can you give to someone thinking about applying to Designation?
You get out of it what you put into it. If you go in with the mindset that attending workshops and completing all assignments will land you a job, you’ll search for one for a long time. You have to go the extra mile and teach yourself as much as possible in addition to meeting the required expectations. Keep the big picture in mind—focus on why you do certain things and what you learned from them. And always document that, which helps immensely when building your portfolio.
How did you stand out from the competition in applying for, interviewing for, or getting this job?
My portfolio and client experience helped me break into the Austin market, which is dominated by other bootcamps. The quality of my case studies and client experience allowed me to stand out from the pack.