Designation: Week 1/10

The first week of Designation has ended! Designation is the name of the design school I'll be attending for 9 more weeks. It's basically an intensive bootcamp to learn about User Interface Design (UI), User Experience Research (UX), and Front-End Development. If you don't understand what that jargon means, basically I get to design cool things like websites and apps! The school focuses on creating portfolio-ready pieces to equip us to land jobs or internships.

There are 22 people in my cohort. Many of my classmates quit their jobs and moved across the country just to do this course. It's so awesome to be surrounded by an eclectic group of people who are just so hungry to learn. One of them was a creative lead for MTV, and another worked on the Obama campaign. OHOHOHO networking opportunities right there!

The school's space is pretty cool. It's pretty reminiscent of the startup vibe, and has a bustling feel to it. The beanbags, which I have been caught napping on, are SUPER big and comfy. The hours usually run from 10am-9pm, so it is pretty intense and exhausting at times. BUT, totally worth it!

This week has been focused mainly on UX research. Our instructor is the lead interaction designer (IxD) for Grubhub, a popular food delivery app. He has a wealth of knowledge, and has been teaching us very practical real-world skills. We've been doing quite a bit of sketching and research practice.

Post-it notes can be your best friend when trying to find themes and glean insights from research. 

UX research allows businesses to understand how users interact with their products. It's a very vital process to carry out before delving into designing. 

I will be updating hopefully once per week, so my future posts will be revolving around Designation! I'm very excited to be doing exciting projects super soon. A BIG THANK YOU to all my friends who have provided me with nourishing food this week.

Hodgepodge

Taken with the iPhone. The sky looks so starry, even though they're actually fireworks!

Apologies for the eclectic nature of this post, but this week has been an odd mix of adventures.

4th of July happened! I had a BBQ with some friends - IT WAS SO DELICIOUS! We watched the fireworks afterwards, and it was just filled with magical moments. It was one of those times I wished I had a boyfriend haha.

Kevin's worn out shoes. You can see the skyline in the reflection!

On Saturday, I hung out with my awesome talented photographer friend Kevin in downtown Chicago. We wandered around and got semi-lost a couple of times, but that was all part of the fun. We talked about our dreams. Some of mine include:

  • Speaking 4 languages fluently before I die
  • Becoming a super awesome UI designer/front-end developer
  • Becoming really good at videography & photography
  • Starting my own magazine
  • Starting my own company

Yesterday, I was teaching my friend Josey a tad bit about photography. It was lovely spending time with her and getting to know her better. Isn't she such a cutie?

Josey 

For prep work for my design school, I made a mock website regarding a mock book about dog butts. I used a template, the edited the code to fit my needs. I didn't take the photos though - just found them on the interwebs! The link is here. I think it would be so fun to actually make the book one day.

YAY so that was my week! Apologies for the odd mix of content, as I was super busy doing prep work for design school. I finally had my first day of school today, and will be blogging about that soon! Most of the content over the next 10 weeks will probably be more design focused, so that's something you can expect. Phew it is time to sleep now - I'm so exhausted. Goodnight world!

I've Graduated!

I can't believe I've graduated already! This past Saturday, I received my BS in Communications and Certificate in Engineering Design. It's crazy to think how fast time flies. 

My dad and I!

Saying goodbyes has been hard. I cried for a bit when some people left. The thing is, I know I’ll see most of my friends again and that there’s always Skype and Facebook. Rather than grieving over the loss of friendships (because, after all, we will still be friends), I was grieving over the end of a wonderfully fun and abundant chapter of my life. Things will never be the same again. There will be no more spontaneous late-night hangouts with those friends, no more hanging out at their apartments, and no more bumping into each other randomly around campus. Even when we have a reunion in the distant future, things won’t be the same. We’ll all have moved on and found new friend groups. But with every closed chapter, there is a new one right up ahead.

I'm very excited for the next chapter of my life - design school! I still have a lot of prep work to finish, but it will be starting July 7. Just 2 more weeks to go!


Art Final

For my final art project, I decided to try something new! I integrated elements I found in nature with ink drawings. This was a very exploratory process for me, and I look forward to honing my ideas and the concept in the future. I hope you have fun looking through them!

A New Adventure Awaits!

Thank you to the lovely Jireh for the book and card!

Thank you to the lovely Jireh for the book and card!

I just finished the last exam of my college career!!! THAT'S INSANE IT FEELS SO SURREAL AHHH WHAT IS LIFE. It's crazy to think that my daily sense of normalcy will be pulled under the rug from me once I graduate. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'll miss school so much! I'm going to miss the late-night ramen, watching the sunrise, spontaneous hangouts, and the random events happening around campus. Most of all, I'm going to miss my friends!

The future is a scary thing. Over the past week, I've been agonizing over two options laid before me. One was a job in San Fran, the other an intensive 10 week design program. Although taking the job was a more secure choice, I wasn't so passionate about the work. Studying at the design school was a riskier move because there was no job security guaranteed afterwards, though the school would try to hook me up with potential employers. Upon the completion of the program, I hopefully would be able to get a job I was more passionate about. After talking to friends and family, I've decided:

I'll be attending the design school! My parents have been fully supportive of my decision. It's called Designation and it'll be starting July 6. If there's anytime to make a riskier decision, it's now when I'm young and have no commitments. I'll be learning more about digital design, UI, UX, and front-end development. I still hope to eventually end up in SF, as that is the hub for what I want to do. I'm very excited for the future, and am ready to tackle this new adventure!