Kanisha is a User Experience Designer with extensive knowledge of analysing user requirements and problems to design creative solutions. She wanted to gain formal training, therefore, she signed up for UX Academy’s Product Design Course. 

Q: Tell me a bit about yourself and how you got into Product Design?

I graduated as an Interior Designer and worked for an architecture design firm in India. After moving to the UK, I got exposed to digital design and realised that my interior design skills are transferable to user experience for digital products. As an Interior Designer, my job is to design physical spaces that match users’ personalities, moods, needs, and the utility of the space. But as a UX designer, my job is to design digital interfaces to meet user requirements by studying their personas and functional needs. 

Q: What made you decide to sign-up for the course? 

I started freelancing as a UX designer to enhance my skills and gain hands-on experience. I am self-taught and gained my knowledge by executing various client projects. But, after doing this for a few years, I decided to gain formal training with UX Academy’s Product Design Course.

Q: Which part of the course did you find the most interesting? 

Several aspects of the Product Design Course were particularly engaging. Firstly, the product design overview provided a comprehensive understanding of the design process, which I found fascinating. Additionally, I discovered project planning was crucial, its importance become clearer as we progressed through the project. Lastly, I enjoyed the practical application of UX and UI design principles. It allowed me to put theory into practice and develop hands-on skills.

Q: What was the most challenging?  

The most challenging parts of the course were the scrum methodology and product sprint planning. Understanding these concepts demanded extra effort and focus, but with the assistance of the instructor and mentor, I successfully grasped them.

Q: Which part of UX/ Product are you the most interested in?

My interests lie in information architect, user research, and user validation. These topics captivated my attention.

Q: How do you feel about Product Design after the course?

After completing the Product Design Course, I am now confident that any gaps in my understanding of UX and product design have been filled. Also, I feel able to apply various frameworks and methodologies in future design projects. I will have a more structured approach to each new design project.

Q: Is there any advice you would give for people getting into UX / Product? 

I think the best approach is to learn by doing. It can be difficult to understand various concepts for a beginner without any practice. I would recommend reading blogs (Medium), study designs (Dribbble), and learn tools (Sketch or Figma).

Once you become familiar with the concepts, terminology, and tools, you can take formal training like this course. That way, you will get the most out of your learning experience.

Q: What is your favourite UX / product design trend at the moment?

It’s quite interesting to see various trends developing within the industry. Typically, people tend to use Apple and iOS design guidelines. So, whenever these are updated, we see a new trend emerging.

Anyways, personally, I am currently hooked on Neumorphism and Voice Interface Design trends.

Q: Who or what inspires you the most within the industry?

I like taking on new challenges, and being able to solve them using my skills and knowledge motivates me. This is an ever-changing field that inspires me to keep learning new concepts and experiment within my day-to-day work.

Q: Tell us about your next steps

From being an individual contributor, I would like to transition to being part of a larger design team. This would allow me to tackle both digital and physical product designs like Amazon Alexa products.

Conclusion 

In conclusion, I enjoyed taking this Product Design Course as it helped me learn new skills. I liked the content and format of the course, and the instructors were well researched and provided many practical examples. I am overall satisfied with my decision to take this course.

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