Diving into UX design from an Economics background

  1. Gaining confidence in pitching my design ideas. Through the course, I had the opportunity to work on 3 student projects and 1 pro-bono client project. Each project kickstarted with in-depth research before scoping down the problem and identifying our personas. Next came the ideation phase, where we let our creative juices flow. After coming up with prototypes, we tested our ideas through rounds of usability tests. (The usability problems that surfaced during those tests never failed to surprise me.) Each project then culminated in a final presentation where we had the opportunity to showcase our works to the rest of the course mates.
  2. Finding myself a community of like-minded UX designers. Design is ever-changing and finding yourself a community is perhaps the best way to stay on top of the industry. It has been a humbling experience to learn from many other talented and passionate aspiring UX designers throughout the course. Our instructor Pieter has always encouraged us to “pick each other’s brains”, which definitely allowed us to learn from the good ideas and strengths of one another. I’m excited to see how each of us will grow into full-fledged UX designers in various industries down the road.
  3. Benefiting from structured learning and expert sharing. Before enrolling into GA, I considered taking the self-learning approach. However, I was somewhat lost amongst all the internet resources and did not know where to start. The structured lesson plan and interesting design topics definitely saved myself some time hunting through the internet resources. Apart from that, the constant feedback and sharing from industry experts were helpful in guiding me to improve my design approach.
To see more of my works, please visit my website haleytan.com

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