MASTER SERIES TO GAIN UX MASTERY / S01-E01
In this interview, Xavier shares with us how he successfully transitioned from Graphic Designing to User Experience Design. A successful design entrepreneur with deep interest in music and martial arts, Xavier shares how education is not a one time event that stops at a degree but it is something you do for your lifetime. He further discusses how did he start his company, how they navigated the challenges of the remote work and how he has created a solid culture within his company.
A huge believer in doing, Xavier shares practical tips and techniques for designers of all skill levels.
TIMESTAMPS QUOTES BOOKS ABOUT COMMENTS
|[06:12]||Is a formal education necessary to start your career as a UX Designer?|
|[19:22]||How to give valuable feedback without hurting someone’s ego?|
|[22:18]||How one should decide whether to take a particular project or not?|
|[24:21]||What should a UX Designer do when they have no clue where to start the project from?|
|[26:19]||What skills his company (MONO) look for in a candidate for UX Designer?|
|[30:10]||How to manage working in a team remotely?|
|[35:28]||How should freelancers manage their work?|
|[38:00]||What is a good strategy to do UX Research?|
|[41:51]||How a portfolio should be structured and maintained before applying to any job?|
|[45:14]||What are those things that a UX Designer should not do?|
- Education doesn’t stop when you’re done with the degree, it starts when you start working.
- Giving good feedback is really important as long as the feedback is about the project and not the person.
- It’s better to pick the wrong thing and learn than to just keep doubting about what the perfect thing to do is.
- Every new project is a new learning because the design is never done.
- If you have 10 options and don’t know where to start, just pick one, work on it, stick to it and see if it works. Else you still have other options to work on.
- Let go off the illusion of control.
Designer & Managing Partner at Mono
He is the co-founder and managing partner at Mono, an extremely successful digital design company in Belgium. In the past five years of its existence, Mono has grown exceptionally well under his leadership from helping Sweep Bright a real estate business to go from a paper sketch to 1.5 million euros in funding to helping doctors use tech for patients. Mono has done some incredible work and all that with the remote company.
You just have to read his blog articles and you could see how much he values his team and the culture. Deeply passionate about sharing whatever he has learned, Xavier is a mentor for Open Summer of Code for four years now. He along with his team has also created open source tools for the design community and he is always looking at ways to give back.
A lifelong learner you would be amazed at the kind of experiences and learning Xavier has exposed himself to. He is trained in different languages, graphic designing and also did DJing and music production before going all in into UX. He is also Trained in martial arts from the world famous Japanese Bujinkan system, and never misses his training for anything in the world.His design journey started since he was a kid and he has come a long long way.
Episode 2: Why is it necessary to have an empathy inside and outside the organization | Markus Hofman
17 January 2019, 50 minutes
In this episode, Markus Hofman tells us why designers should master empathy for their users as well as for their own organization. Working very closely with the business stakeholders as well as end users, Markus offers a different perspective on how to contribute better as a designer.
Episode 3: How to grow as a designer | Menaka Chandrashekhar
26 January 2019, 55 minutes
In this episode, Menaka shares with us the lessons from her very successful UX career. Having worked in diverse industries and organizations, Menaka shares some of the most practical ways to create a rewarding UX career even when you don’t know where to start.
Episode 4: How to look past the default and create an amazing life story | Paul Millerd
2 February 2019, 50 minutes
In this episode, we sit down with Paul and learn how to think beyond the default path. He shares why winning the prestige bingo is not the only way to succeed and tying self-worth to money is a bad strategy. He teaches some tactical strategies and questions that can help you create a powerful personal story.
Episode 5: How to bring visibility to UX research in your organization | Upasna Bhandari
9 February 2019, 50 minutes
In this episode UX researcher Upasna Bhandari shares with us how she used her extreme academic research skills and implemented them in one of the best startup of Singapore. Unlike typical research studies which can be months long, Upasna is setting up agile research processes which are more suited for fast paced startups. While she is doing it she is making sure she is training the stakeholders and her teammates within her organization in user research.
Episode 6: The skills that will make you a great UX Designer | Sudhir Mor
16 February 2019, 55 minutes
In this episode, we bring to you Sudhir More who is the co-founder of Design Shift- a UX School in Banglore. Sudhir shares his incredible and inspiring design journey with us. He is empowering his students with not just conventional design skills but also giving them exposure to different industries, businesses, and technology. His perspective on design education is very unconventional and practical. You may not want to miss this episode if you are struggling with how to create a perfect portfolio, as he shares some awesome tips on that too.
Episode 7: Why designers should embrace storytelling | Amit Patel
23 February 2019, 50 minutes
In this episode we talk UX designer and mentor Amit Patel. With no formal degree in design, Amit went on and learned UX by talking to users, businesses and doing a lot of work. He shares with us how asking right set of questions can be a game changer. He talks about the things he is teaching his students at his design school – Experience Haus. Amit focusses a lot of attention on the art of storytelling and shares a practical framework to design a story for your product.
Episode 8: How to design a life and a career you love | Karthi Subaraman
2 March 2019, 50 minutes
In this episode we sit with Karthi Subbaraman, the founder and Chief Design Officer at Xperian School. Karthi brings with her a wealth of new insights and perspectives that force us to look beyond design in the context of just interfaces and products. Karthi has learned and taught how to use the design principles for not just designing products but for designing your body, life and even death. She asks some really uncomfortable questions which will make you look harder at your own life and choices you make. Karthi also tells us why designers should embrace business mindset and how they can do so. She defines designers as “sense makers”.
Episode 9: How to understand what UX actually means | Preeti Sheokand
9 March 2019, 50 minutes
In this episode UX mentor Preeti Sheokand sits with us and shares how she transitioned from being a scientist to a UX designer successfully. She shares why defining what User Experience means is the most important question that one must answer to create a meaningful UX career. Preeti also shares framework to critically evaluate the designs. Preeti also shares the inspiring story of her design school – Design Shift and how she is designing a unique curriculum for every aspiring UX designer.