A Design Story
Today, let me share you the journey that made me decide to pursue a full-time career in UX/UI design.
It all began around 1999 or 2000 when I developed a habit of drawing things on the white walls of our ancestral home using a black permanent marker. Two of the notable things I drew were the TV Patrol and the ABS-CBN logos. Both are iconic in their own right back home in the Philippines. Even though I made our house look ugly and unwelcoming to the visitors, I realized later that that was where I planted my seeds when it comes to my desire to design.
From there, I evolved from drawing TV logos on walls to TV show titlecards and sets, along with basketball uniforms and sneakers on sheets of paper. Using pencils, pens, and sometimes Crayola crayons or Faber-Castell colouring pencils became the norm. Drawing became a favourite hobby and I liked it so much that I would keep sheets of drawings and sort them in an expanding file organizer. I still have it in my home office for future ideas and to reflect on the good old days.
When I moved to Canada in 2010 with my parents and two sisters, I began designing things digitally aside from doing what I have already known. I learned Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator at Bishop O’ Byrne High School and kept learning tips and tricks in my own time. It was there where I digitized the basketball uniforms I drew by hand and also made other things like logos, marketing posters, basketball courts, and even hockey uniforms. It even came to a point where I would come up with endless ideas that I needed to type them down on a Mac Pages document so that I can do them later. Four years later, I started contributing on the creative aspects of the business projects I was part of while doing the Management and Society program at University of Calgary. By then, I was satisfied being a self-taught “designer” on the side. I didn’t need to go all out like a professional. I just needed to show something good enough for the sake of it.
That all changed when I took an Interface Design course at SAIT in May 2020. It was through this course where I was able to develop a fundamental grasp on what UX/UI design is. I also grew to love the course as the Spring/Summer semester progressed. One notable project I did was a mobile application prototype that was based on a popular Calgary-based music festival with three individuals. I researched, sketched, wireframed, and prototyped on Adobe XD like a true UX/UI designer. I even volunteered to create the PowerPoint presentation background image to make it on brand with the actual prototype. It was my favourite project of the entire program. I enjoyed every minute doing the project.
After I finished the course, I reflected on what transpired and thought:
I wished I discovered UX/UI Design earlier. This looks like something that I would enjoy so much.