q&a with kanisha product design

Kanisha is a User Experience Designer with extensive knowledge of analysing the user’s requirements and problem to design creative solutions that delivers an optimal experience within the user’s own interaction and spatial environment. Having done this for a few years now, she wanted to get a formal training and hence decided to sign-up for the product design course with UX Academy. 

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

I graduated as an Interior Designer and had been working for 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 Design for digital products. As an Interior Designer, my job is to design physical spaces that matches users’ personality, moods, needs and the utility of the space. As a UX Designer, my job is to design digital interfaces to meet user requirements by studying their persona and functional needs. 

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

I started freelancing as an UX Designer to enhance my skills and gain hands-on experience. I am self-taught and gained my knowledge by executing various client projects. Having done this for a few years now, I wanted to get a formal training and hence decided to sign-up for the product design course. 

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

  1. Product Design Overview
  2. Project Planning
  3. UX and UI Implementation

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

  1. Scrum Methodology
  2. Product Sprint planning

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

  1. Information Architect
  2. User Research
  3. User Validation

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

Having done this course, I can now address the gap in my understanding of UX and Product Design. I am now more confident of applying various frameworks and methodologies to approach the design project in a more structured manner. 

Q: What advice would you give for people just getting into UX / Product? 

I think the best approach is to learn by doing as its difficult to understand various concepts for a beginner. One should first read various blogs and articles on Medium, study designs on platforms like Dribble, learn a tool like Sketch or Adobe XD by developing an experimental design for any product that you use. 

Once you become familiar with the concepts, terminology and a tool, you can take a formal training like this course to get the most out of it. 

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

It’s quite interesting to see various trends shaping up in the industry. Typically, people tend to use Apple and iOS designs 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 enjoy 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: What are your next steps?

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

Conclusion 

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

Tempted to make the jump into Product Design yourself? You can sign-up or just gain some more information about the Product Design course.