Boy, oh, boy. I never wanted to be a designer.
I felt what they did was too abstract and I did not have a sense for it. I wanted to become a full stack developer because I was comfortable with making websites from an early age. (My dad is a software engineer and taught me HTML and PHP when I was 9 years old.) By the time I had to pick a career choice I felt confident being a full stack developer was going to be it.
While I was in college, I took a usability course that changed my whole mindset. I was taught what it meant making products for people and, honestly, I never looked back since. I briefly considered going into psychology instead of going into tech and development. Learning about usability was also learning that I can combine psychology with the web into something called “UX Designer”. How prestigious!
It’s hard being a UX designer without knowing UI, so I took the plunge in learning how to do visual design. It took a lot of hard work to figure out my design style. I like simple designs, clean designs. Frankly, they are easier to create but they are also a lot more useful and practical for small companies and startups that are not creating abstract art out of their websites.
I know what it means to be a good and effective designer - it’s about solving business problems. The last thing design should even be considered is decoration. Design helps communicate ideas and emotions. (I know how to manipulate you; there is a reason for these gifs 😏) It took me many years to figure out what it means to be a designer. I have skills that help people do business; I love working with companies that are trying to make a difference, trying to improve the lives of their own customers. It’s a whole lot of fun helping people help people.
Why am I telling you this?
Well, I am applying to be one of "the top 3% of freelance UI designers” and to join the UI designers community. If you asked me back when I was set on becoming a full stack developer I would not believe that I was now a designer in the first place. You know, not to mention to be part of the top 3%. But today, I can tell you with confidence that I am good enough to be considered as such. I’ve worked so much over the last few years in order to hone my skills to be a great designer. I’ve learned about development, about psychology, about emotional intelligence and about business in order to ensure that my skills can be put to good use.