Meet Matilda Kop – our UX/UI Design Bootcamp student who started an internship as a UX designer at the Italian company Gate42. She is a person who seeks challenges wherever she goes because, thanks to them, she can achieve unique professional and personal growth and development.
We talked to Matilda about her student days in Brainster and how she applies the knowledge and skills acquired in her new job.
Hello Matilda! You are our student at the UX/UI Design Bootcamp. We already know you, but what would you like to share with others? Who is Matilda?
Matilda is a person with a strong passion for design in every shape. She enjoys paying closer attention to the environment around her and analyzing how design can impact our everyday lives.
Why did you decide to pursue a career as a UX/UI designer?
Primarily, the UX/UI design gives tremendous freedom of expression. It’s a place where our creativity is allowed to fly freely. But on the other hand, as designers, we are serving people. We focus on improving and facilitating the lives of our customers. That balance between modern and functional design is one of the biggest challenges we face in our work. And when we add the business component to all this, the challenge grows even more.
You are another student who affirms that you can achieve everything you want in life with perseverance and dedication. So what are your impressions of the UX/UI Design Bootcamp? Were there any challenges while learning and mastering the techniques?
I joined this industry without knowing anything about it. The funny thing is that the UX/UI industry was around me all of the time, but I have never considered it from another perspective.
The UX/UI Bootcamp in Brainster made learning UX/UI fun and effortless. The whole process went step by step, with many practical tips, examples, homework, hackathons, and so on. I got so involved in this process that I overlooked how I was already doing the work of a UX/UI designer, designing solutions and a better quality of life concept.
You are still at the Bootcamp for UX/UI Design, and in the meantime, you are working as an intern at the Italian company Gate42. How did you manage to get there?
The first step was having a few completed design solutions in my portfolio. Through them, I was able to show and present my skills, way of thinking, style of work, and design. The fact that I had already prepared my UX/UI design portfolio helped a lot, so the whole presentation process in front of the new company was so much easier.
What is the company about?
Gate42 has several proprietary products to support companies in the development of business-oriented solutions. The main purpose of these digital solutions is to facilitate the daily life of users, bring more value and higher quality of life. All products are from different fields and industries, which allows us to be a team with diverse expertise.
What does your workday look like? What are you currently working on, and what techniques and tools do you use?
At Gate42, we are currently working on our latest product, which will facilitate the work of hoteliers to make the communication between guests and employees much more manageable.
We always start the day with a coffee and a team meeting to discuss the challenges we face and how to approach them. In this meeting, we define the tasks of the day and our main priorities. For us, teamwork is crucial. That’s why we work according to the Scrum Agile method. My designing process takes place in XD tools.
What does UX/UI design mean to you?
The famous photographer Platon once said: “Great design simplifies a very complicated world.” That was a breakthrough for me in defining the essence of UX/UI design. After all, our job as designers is to produce solutions.
As a UX/UI designer, how do you perceive the world and things around you?
As a space for constant evolution, improvement, and search for simple solutions to teach people how to live a simpler and more enjoyable life.
What is the achievement you are most proud of?
Teamwork! Listening to people and accepting other ideas, perceptions, and views is not an easy task. But, in my opinion, this process is essential to define what kind of team player you want to be.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
I see myself as a person who seeks a challenge wherever she goes, someone who always strives for expansion, both personally and professionally. I firmly believe that personal growth and development are part of our everyday life.
Finally, what motivated you to enroll in this UX/UI Bootcamp and change your career? What advice would you give to all those who are still thinking about a UX/UI designer career and want to take a step toward this direction?
The person who motivated me to enroll in this Bootcamp is actually one of the coordinators from another academy. After the introductory interview, he realized that the UX/UI Design Bootcamp is the best fit for me and a place where I can express all of my potential. And he was right.
I am very grateful that I listened to him because I feel like I am on the right path for the first time, and my projects show precisely that.
For all those in doubt to pursue a career in UX/UI design, I warmly recommend constantly striving for what fulfills you, exploring and experimenting, and always being ready for new experiences and challenges in front of you.
The enrollment for the next group at the UX/UI Design Bootcamp is in progress! The interest is too high and the number of places limited, so make sure you save your slot on time!
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