Although I did love learning about the mind and how it works when I was a Psychology major at Connecticut College, it was never something I could see myself being in the field.
My favorite subject in school has always been art. It has allowed me to express myself and I really enjoyed creating. It was then that I decided to get my Masters Degree in Graphic Design at Suffolk University. It was at this point where I have found my true passion. I enjoyed every class, even when I was struggling. Graphic Design is the perfect way for me to create art but with a purpose.
For my thesis project, where students choose a topic and solve a problem through design. I chose learning from your mistakes and making iterations and getting feedback. I didn't realize it at the time, but these are the primary principles of being a UX Designer. You can see the basics of my thesis project here.
A couple years later, I took an intensive class at General Assembly in UX Design. It has become something I'm fascinated by. The emphasis is on the user. It has the elements of research and empathy from my Psychology background and the elements of how things look and feel from my Graphic Design background.
I love being able to use my design skills to help users every step of the way from research to sketching to creating. In that way, I can alleviate the user's problems. I love the Design Process!
Tools I Use
Something you may not know about me is I co-host two very different podcasts. One is Lace Em 'Up, which is where every week me and a friend talk about the latest in the hockey world. We have been doing it for the last 5 years. The other is Pixel Perfect, where we just started. This podcast is where we focus on how creatives learn from their mistakes and how they think it contributed to their success.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you want to be a guest on either podcast.