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Almost done!

I’ve finally finished the sixth course out of seven for Google’s UX Design Professional Certificate! I’m almost done with the certificate and I’m excited! This time, I built a responsive web design for a ceramics class sign-up process. I decided I wanted this design to be a bit more minimal on colors since I used so many on my last design. This one is partially finished–I built out every page (I think!) for the desktop design but only the necessary pages to complete the flow for the mobile. I also still have the tablet version to finish. So this will be another project to go back to at a later date once the course is finished. But I’m happy with how it’s turning out. I really liked a lot of the functionality I found in Adobe XD that I couldn’t find in Figma, like repeat grids and auto-animate, but I miss the community library tab that Figma has that I couldn’t find in Adobe XD. Anyways, I start the last course today: Design a User Experience for Social Good & Prepare for Jobs. Hopefully it won’t take as long as the last course. Here I go!

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Another course completed

I’m officially done with my first course project and the fifth course in Google’s UX Design Professional Certificate! I’ve got a mobile app design and a case study to go with it. I really like how it turned out for a first project. There were some aspects of the prototyping that I couldn’t figure out that I wanted set up for my app’s flow, so I want to dig into Figma further once I finish this certificate program. The next course is Responsive Web Design in Adobe XD and I’m going to focus on creating the sign-up process for a ceramics studio. I used to enjoy ceramics in high school and would love to get back into it one day, so that’s why I chose it as my focus for this next project. I’m supposed to go through every step I’ve learned so far in the past five courses all in this one, so hopefully it won’t take as long as completing all of those courses did!

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Onward!

I’ve finished the fourth course in Google’s UX Design Professional Certificate! It actually wasn’t as difficult for me as I thought it would be, and I actually ended up enjoying it a little. It was fun getting feedback on my prototype and learning what can be improved. I think I could have progressed through the course quicker than my actual pace, but I got distracted by a few things that happened to be away from my computer. Either way, I’m excited to make some updates to my prototype and then to get into the next course, Create High-Fidelity Designs and Prototypes in Figma.

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Making progress

I’m almost halfway done with Google’s UX Design Professional Certificate! I finished the third course last night. I really enjoyed making digital wireframes and low-fidelity prototypes. I’m a little anxious going into the fourth course. It’s more research-focused, and I struggled a bit with some of the research portions in the second course, but I’m going to try to power through it so I can continue exploring Figma some more and get into Adobe XD to make some high-fidelity prototypes. I’m really excited by the progress I’m making and I’m going to use that motivation to work through this next course.

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Two down, five to go!

I’ve finished the second course in Google’s UX Design Professional Certificate on Coursera! I actually finished it late Wednesday night after waiting for two peer projects to appear for review, and waiting on my project to be peer reviewed in return. And yesterday my fiancé and I went hiking at Franklin Falls so I didn’t make time to post the update here. I think the second course in the program will end up being the hardest for me to wrap my head around fully, just because there was a lot of writing to explain things and I like to keep my writing short and sweet and to the point. That, and I think the way some prompts were worded weren’t as clear to me what was being asked. It definitely helped having examples and exemplars throughout the course so I could check to make sure my answers to prompts were matching up with what was expected. I’m on to course three today to start learning about building wireframes and low-fidelity prototypes, and I’m really excited to get to this phase! Wish me luck!

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Week of Learning

This week I decided to take on a bunch of different activities to boost my skills and learn something new. I’ve been tuning into AIGA’s Portfolio Festival this week to learn about ways to improve my design portfolio. I’ve been watching the live videos for Lauren Hom’s Intentional Idea Framework workshop to help me process all of the creative ideas I have and actually take action on some of them. Lastly, I signed up for Google’s UX Design Professional Certificate because I realized that while I am capable of being a visual designer in the UX field with my graphic design skills, I don’t fully understand the scope of the UX field yet, but I would like to. I actually just finished the first course out of seven, and I’m excited to keep diving into understanding what the field of user experience design is all about!

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An update!

I’ve decided that I want to integrate this site into my portfolio website to help showcase some of the work I’m doing outside of my regular employment. I realized that I needed an outlet that I could post updates to that are both text-based and visual to be able to share what I’m currently learning or exploring.

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#1: Hello, My Name Is

Hi! I’m Liz. I’m a graphic designer by trade. For the past so many years since graduating college, I’ve been trying to motivate myself to work on self-initiated design projects outside of my 8-5 job. I haven’t had much luck, but this evening I happened to complete the first project in Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills. Now, I’ve had this book for years—I bought it a year or two after graduating—but it wasn’t until tonight that I fully attempted and completed project #1, which was to design your own logo. I ended up really liking my first design, which is pretty typical of me, but I also really liked my very last design. So much so, that I decided I wanted to keep track of every project I complete from the book, and so here we are. Here is my completed project #1: Hello, My Name Is.

All of my ideas from project #1
My very first idea during this exercise (ignore the star, that’s how I noted I liked it)
My very last idea for project #1

I wanted my logo to be my name, because Liz is only 3 letters and how hard can it be to come up with a design for that, right? Wrong! As you can see from my sketchbook, I mostly rewrote my name over and over again in mostly similar but some different styles. My current logo is an “lb” for my initials, and one that I designed senior year of college. I didn’t put too much thought into it. My plan anyways is to give out all of my business cards and then release my redesign.


So the first part of this first project is to answer some questions about yourself; like what kind of design do you like, who are your favorite designers, and what kind of design do you want to be doing? I tried to keep those questions in mind while designing my logo, but I definitely got hung up on the letters of my name a lot. I’m pretty straightforward with my design style, and just life in general. I don’t like to beat around the bush—just give me the facts as they are. So I guess that translated into my design in a way; by focusing on just using the letters of my name and no fluff, I’ve created something that’s essential me. Huh. Well I already thought this project was a success but now I’m starting to realize how successful it was.


I think I’ll wrap this up by saying I hope you’ve stuck around this far and will stay with me as I make my way through this book. I don’t plan on following a strict timeline for this, since it’s never worked for me in the past, so I hope you’ll be patient! Thanks for reading, and have a day.