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I did it!

I totally forgot to make a post when I finally completed the course, but I did it! I finished Google’s UX Design Professional Certificate!! I actually finished it back at the beginning of November, but I had a lot going on and also just plain forgot to make this post sooner. It took two months to finish the course, where it took only weeks for the others, and that’s mostly because I was dragging my feet on this one. I think I hit a wall and was just ready to be done with it. I really like the design process of ux design, which makes sense considering that was my whole focus going into the course. But what slowed me down was the research bit. I understand the importance of it, but I’d rather someone else do that part so I can focus on the visual design of the product. After all of that, I think I accomplished what I had set out to do with this course, which was to develop a better understanding of ux design and how it applies to visual design.

What’s next? Well, I actually need to flesh out my third project some more, and go back and make updates and tweaks to my second and first projects. After that, I may occasionally put together some ui designs without doing all of the research surrounding it with the goal being to add to my portfolio and better familiarize myself with the programs.

Also! I managed to get a job within the past two months! I’m working as a web designer for a company out here in Washington, and it’s been interesting learning their process. It’s not really design-focused so far, and there’s not really any HTML or CSS work involved, but for now that means I can spend my time outside of work improving those skills and working on a few passion projects finally. That is, if I don’t get too distracted with cooking and video games in my free time! It’s all about balance.

Oh, another thing that happened in the past two months was Adobe Max! It was online and free again this year, so that was really nice. Of all the sessions and labs I watched, only one really stood out: “Concept Art: Break Artist’s Block with Emergent Design” by Sam Nielson. I really connected with the idea of just making marks on a page to get started and not having a focus when you start, since staring at a blank page can be so daunting. Besides that session, most of the other sessions I scheduled were Adobe XD-focused, but they all ended up being pretty much the same. It was disappointing that I didn’t feel like I learned anything new from them considering that I still think of myself as a newbie to the program. They all just focused on highlighting the new features in Adobe XD which I understand why they did but when you’ve seen it once, you don’t need to see it again multiple times in the same week. If Adobe Max ends up being online and free again next year, I’ll probably try to take different sessions for some programs I haven’t learned or rarely use, since the focus seems to be new features instead of learning actual tips or tricks.

I think that’s all for now. Next week is Thanksgiving and I’ll be spending most of my free time doing prep work for the Elder Scrolls feast that I’m making for mine and my fiancé’s first Thanksgiving away from family as we settle into our new home in Seattle. Wish me luck!

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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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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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#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.