Balancing UI and UX skills as a Product Designer

The importance of having good UI skills, mastering the tools and the UX principles

There is a lot be discussed here.

I suffer from the Imposter Syndrome, it's never enough, which can be a blessing and a curse at the same time. I see it from the bright side, I am always upskilling, there are a lot of MOOC courses out there that I never fished, books that I didn't read, paid courses that were fundamental, others not so much, but so far I graduated twice, transitioned career, and succeed in both careers.

There is a time that you need to prioritize and for me learning new skills is a never ending process that it's part of my professional background. As a product designer I am the connected dot between business needs and customers, I am also a user experience and user interface designer and let's not forget a UX researcher. There is a three of me the UX, the UI and the UX researcher.

A refusal to conform, is misinformation affecting the way we design?

Taking into consideration the era of misinformation and its impact on democracy, I decided to replicate a workshop on how to tackle misinformation and how UX design can help to prevent fake news.
I have been taking a small dosage of social media recently, especially Facebook after Brazilian election because phone numbers were collected from Facebook public accounts and used on WhatsApp for mass distribution of fake news.

Since then, I have started thinking about the principles of Calm design and how to amplify the good examples of how technology is being used in social media and apps interaction like the use of friction. What's your take?

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What's hot in here: Tools for Privacy

Just some thoughts on my several attempts to leave Facebook and more...

I have been on Facebook on and off, it's a love and hate relationship but after its massive effect on Brazilian elections, I have since tried to delete, I am actually using an alias account to manage some groups that I am active, like Female Nomads and my own groups like Remote She.

What I am reading about diversity:

Mozilla workplace transition policy guidelines

What I am reading (non-technical):

This insane article:

The Stolen Kids of Sarah Lawrence

What I am listening (podcasts):

Rough Translation ( it's not about translation but about different cultural perceptions, like the difference in what is considered being black in the US and in Brazil)

What I am listening II (music)

My twin sister, born 11 years after: Rosalia

What I am watching:

Carl Sagan's Cosmos Ep 1: The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean

Tools I use:

To monitor any Internet breach:

Firefox Monitor

Transitioning to Tech and other things

Three years I changed career completely to tech, and still a working in progress

It's been two years since I graduated from my second degree. My first one was about a decade ago at age 21 in Brazil, my second one was in Ireland. Two degrees, two countries.

Nowadays, I call myself a Marketing Designer, although my last position I was a UX/UI designer.

The reason why is that I have specialisms and experience in marketing and localisation and I think every designer is or at least should be a UX designer, everyone working in product, contributes to UX, I mean, developers, product managers, copywriters, business analysts, marketers and so.

Thinking that a designer or a specific person/team designs the user experience, is setting the wrong expectations in the first place.

What I have been doing

Lately, I am self-employed. Contract was finished and I though about dedicating some time to a side hustle, a platform for women who work remotely, where they can find jobs, network and vet companies, it is still a WIP and I still working on the logo for

Transitioning Career Into Tech Industry

I have been researching a lot, questioning sometimes my own career path and I don't regret changing path to tech. I love to learn, I been using Skillshare a lot, mainly to learn about Figma. Yes, you designer, whatever, you call yourself, try Figma, give it a try, have all your work on the cloud, I think it's worth it, and plus it's free.

Still, the tool that I master is Sketch, and I will be using the combo Sketch + InVision for an infinite time until I feel I can dominate Figma as I do with Sketch.

For anyone thinking about transitioning career, my advice is thinking about:

1) Your interests

Do you want to build websites? Analyse data? Create Mobile Applications?

In my case, I wanted to build website and I didn't know how to code, but with my marketing and localisation background, I knew how to analyse data and do research so I studied user experience.

2) Skills

Understanding the skills you're already have and researching people in the role that you want to be. I researched many UX/UI, product, marketing designers and looked into their skills, also I noticed that many came from a psychology, marketing, developer background, and some even after a while moved into front-end development, data science and so on.

3) Action plan

Now it’s time to research where to study, I went back to college, but there are bootcamps as well. To be honest if I happen to go further into fron-end I would pick a bootcamp like Lambda for example.

4) Work on your portfolio, volunteer, contribute to open-source

Once you finish your course, you will have to do a portfolio, usually during your course, or your bootcamp you will start working on it, redesigning some improvement in a particular app or creating a new app based on a design challenge. I would also recommend contributing to open-source projects as volunteer.

5) Network

Networking is fundamental, for me Ladies that UX gave me a new perspective, attending UX and Marketing meetups on still part of my day-to-day.

To finalise, I have been battling with imposter syndrome! Here are some resources that are helping me in the journey:

6 Lessons From Marketing Fraud: How to Stop Imposter Syndrome and get sh## done!

Impostor Syndrome: How I flight the feelings that I'm fake

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