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Hello! I’m Vikram

UX Writer at Dell

I joined as a mentor on Feburary 26th, 2021

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Innovation

I’m a law student turned project manager, turned marketing copywriter, turned UX writer. There was never a set plan for me to become a UX writer. 5 years ago, I didn’t even know such thing existed. I am currenly a UX writer at Dell and have 4 years of UX writing experinece overall.

I would like to help others looking to build a career in UX writing. I am patient, have strong listening skills, and an extensive work career which I would like to share with others.

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Innovation

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, portfolio review

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Languages: English

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Specialisation: UX writing

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Location: USA

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Favourite innovation: Uber

They are a great example of how to disrupt a highly complacement industry (taxis) by taking a clever idea and merging it with a great app and customer experience.

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Hello! I’m Ellen

UX Designer at Zebra Technologies

I joined as a mentor on Feburary 28th, 2021

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Innovation

I’m an UX designer at Zebra Technologies and the founder and designer at Adornment Archive. I have experience in product design, immersive experience design, and UX design. I am a creative person who believes in the power of design to solve problems and bring joy. I have 3 years of experience as a UX designer.

I would like to help others and give something back to the community. I am very approachable and look forward to meeting you!

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Innovation

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, interview techniques, portfolio review

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Languages: English

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Specialisation: UX Design

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Location: United Kingdom

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Favourite innovation: Digital health

From meditation to training apps, I believe technology has the power to do good and our capacity to deal with life’s challenges is increased when we take care of ourselves.

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Hello! I’m Halliq

Senior UX Specialist at Apply Digital

I joined as a mentor on Feburary 28th, 2021

About Me

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Innovation

My educational background in UX comes from my master's in digital design and CUA certification. I possess 10+ years of experience in UX, extensively prevailed in service, product & start-up environments by working for the companies Apply Digital, Target, Scholastic, and HCL. Having received multiple awards for my design solutions, I have the domain and design expertise in Aerospace, E-commerce, Automobile, Medical, AR/VR, Food & games. Some of the clients I have worked with are Apple, Hyundai, Emirates, Panasonic, and Canada Goose.

I love teaching and sharing my knowledge with others. I believe passing on the knowledge is the best method for me to share something back with the community and also allows me continuously learn & grow. Looking back, if I had a proper mentor or knowledge about UX, I would have done things differently in college and early days of my career. That's why I want to mentor newcomers, students and freshers and to help them learn more and do things much more effectively to help them in their career.

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Innovation

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I’m mentoring: Career & educational advice, interview preparations, portfolio & CV review

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Languages: English, Tamil

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Specialisation: User Research, Product Design, UX Design, UX Writing

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Location: Vancouver, Canada

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Favourite innovation: Paper

Because inventing paper is what triggered the beginning of the recording and sharing information with human beings beyond the local community. We use it for so many different things and even in UX, paper is the most basic tool we use to write up interview notes, create sketches and jot down feedback.

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Hello! I’m Shabana

Senior UX Designer at Zone

I joined as a mentor on March 1st, 2021

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Innovation

I design experiences and interfaces for companies who want to make products for real needs. My goal is in improving everyday experiences for users, practising UX methodologies that get results, being agile, iterative, user-tested and shipped. I really enjoy being an integral part of product teams, I have hired designers to build stronger teams and am successful in supporting collaborative cross-functional teams. My experience covers e-commerce, Finance, Telecommunications, Mobile, Software, Pharmaceutical. I have lead UX workshops and presented in various locations.

I really believe in supporting and guiding our future gen designers into the world of design, they will be part of making changes and innovations in our future societies and planet. My own path into design was not easy, but I have lessons learnt from hard work! I have been fortunate enough to work across a variety of industries and I love meeting new people and who are interested in design.

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Innovation

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, interview preparations, portfolio review, being a ‘women’ in design

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Languages: English, Bengali

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Specialisation: User Research, Product Design, UX Design, UX Writing

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Location: United Kingdom

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Favourite innovation: Bicycle

A personal example for me is the bike. it is a beautiful harmony between form and function as has needed little evolution over time, it is forever supreme.

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Hello! I’m Jarvis

UX Designer at TBS Factoring Services

I joined as a mentor on March 1st, 2021

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Innovation

I'm a UX Designer, Writer, and a UX Mentor. I specialize in branding and design strategy and I try to share what I've learned on my unconventional journey in design with as many people as possible.

I took the self-taught route into design and without the help of my mentors giving their time and knowledge to me, I wouldn't be here today. I feel it's only right I do the same for others. I am someone who understands that they don't know everything but they are willing to share what they do know and learn what they don't in order to help others. Mentoring is a two-way street. I learn from my mentees just as much as they learn from me.

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Innovation

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, interview techniques, portfolio review

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Languages: English

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Specialisation: UX Design, Product Design

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Location: USA

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Favourite innovation: the Internet

As much as we complain about it it is the thing that connects us to endless opportunities. Especially in times like now with COVID. Without it who knows if any of us would have been able to stay employed through all of this.

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Hello! I’m Corey

UX Director at Affinity Solutions

I joined as a mentor on March 3rd, 2021

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Innovation

I started coding when I was 11 and always loved to create things. However, these initial programs did not quite consider users; they were designed around the structure of the language rather than how people would use them. Now I design experiences considering people, technology and business and I've been UX design for the last 5 years, creating digital experiences in the fintech space for both consumer and enterprise applications which include consumer banking experiences, enterprise administration tools, and analytical dashboards. I have been a part of the transformation in this company from an agency driven model to a product/user research driven model.

I've always wanted to give back, as when I started UX design there were a lot of mentors that helped me get into the field, but helped me become successful in my career. I have good listening skills and I'm able to help others reframe what they have done into a way that expresses their value in ways they did not think about before. I also am good about expressing new ways of thinking about projects and their impact.

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I’m mentoring: Design Leadership, portfolio review

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Languages: English

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Specialisation: UX Design

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Location: USA

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Favourite innovation: Airplane & the Internet

Both connect people and have allowed cultures and communities to connect very rapidly. Before it took decades for cultures and people to interact with each other. I would say at very core, both have enabled us to experience the humanity in others, seeing past political and corporate systems. I think it's important to understand the systems and structures that design creates.

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Hello! I’m Kanisha

UX Designer at The Access Group

I joined as a mentor on March 4th, 2021

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Innovation

I am User Experience Designer with extensive knowledge of analyzing the user’s requirements and problem to design creative solutions that delivers an optimal experience within the user’s own interaction and spatial environment. I have worked in the Design Industry for past 12 years. I create a digital experience that is not only human centric, functional & engaging but also beautiful. I’ve had the opportunity to work in startups, design agency and corporates on a wide-ranging project within fashion, education, marketplaces, social networking, entertainment, charity and recruitment domains.

I would like to use my user experience to unlock new skills and expose them to new ideas. Many kids struggle to maintain healthy self-esteem and feel confident about themselves. I feel a good mentoring relationship can help them recognize their strengths and accomplishments.

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Innovation

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, interview techniques, design leadership, portolio review and tips

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Languages: English, Hindi, Gujarati

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Specialisation: UX Design, Product Design, UX Research, UI Design, User interviews

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Location: United Kingdom

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Favourite innovation: Alexa

It’s a perfect combination of physical product and digital user experience design. The voice-controlled "personal assistant" which will perform various tasks for you and control various systems. Interaction with voice interface provides user’s completely new digital experience and it’s the future of user interaction.

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Hello! I’m Leanne

UX/UI Designer at Virgin Media

I joined as a mentor on March 8th, 2021

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Innovation

I am creative, attentive and ambitious; cultivated over the years growing up but especially through my years of studies. I went to the University of Brighton where my love of User Experience began and flourished. From working at West Ham FC Stadium as a Waitress to working at Virgin Media as a UX/UI Designer, my desired job. I have worked in multi-disciplinary and diverse workplaces and worked on projects including idea generation brainstorming sessions, usability evaluation testing and redesigning user interfaces for healthcare and telecommunication websites.

I care for the next generation's success and how they will grow in the society that we live in. I am an active listener and effective communicator who embraces design thinking to advance diversity, equity and inclusion. I am open and enthusiastic to share my experiences and provide honest and direct feedback. As a UX/UI Designer, empathising and building rapport with others are at the core.

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Innovation

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, portolio review

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Languages: English

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Specialisation: UX Design

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Location: United Kingdom

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Favourite innovation: the Camera

It encapsulates life. A quote that depicts this perfectly, 'Just focus on what's important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things don't turn out - just take another shot. - ZK'

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Hello! I’m Kristian

Senior Product Designer at Microsoft

I joined as a mentor on March 8th, 2021

About Me

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Innovation

I am a designer, mentor, foodie and cat dad. With my experience in advertisement, government consulting, and insurtech I’m a designer that adapts through ambiguity. My proudest work involves redesign IRS.gov where I collaborated with cross-functional teams to design a accessible, user-friendly experience. I also led a effort to win a multi-million contract with Amazon at Asurion to be their exclusion protection plan provider, by utilizing user research and empathy to drive solutions.

Mentoring has been my passion since I graduated high school. I was a instructor and mentor for my a high school marching band and watched the students grow up to be great leaders. In design, I’m passionate how individuals make a change in their career and chase after their dreams. I want to be a mentor for lifelong coaching and connections. Mentoring is a lifelong connection that helps others along their journey.

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Innovation

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, interview techniques, design leadership, portolio review

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Languages: English

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Specialisation: UX Design, Product Design, UX Research, UI Design

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Location: USA

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Favourite innovation: Airbnb

It connects the world but gives opportunities for others.

Mentor

Hello! I’m Aleksandra

UX Specialist at Somo Global

I joined as a mentor on March 9th, 2021

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Innovation

I studied graphic design and came to the UK in 2007, and then worked as a project manager, moving to digital project management, and eventually UX, working for Radley Yeldar. During this time I was studying, and got an advanced diploma in Integrative Art Psychotherapy, at IATE, in London. I’ve worked for some big production studios, including Warner Brothers, Netflix, but have gone back to UX since 2020, and worked for some small agencies as well as Somo Global, who offered me a perm role which I accepted in January 2021. I still work on advertising graphics, most recently for H&M (via Mex Bellhouse), as well as other ‘passion’ projects in my spare time (I’ve helped Our Workshop, a South African NGO get online by building a website for them in 2020).

I’d love to be able to share my learnings and form new mentoring relationships so I can also learn about the experiences of the individuals I’d mentor. I’m a good listener, I think having experience across two ‘industries’ gives me insights which might be useful for people, I’m passionate about my career.

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Innovation

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, interview techniques, design leadership, portolio review

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Languages: English, Polish, tiny bit of Afrikaans

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Specialisation: UX Design, Consultancy, Graphic Design (print & digital), Digital project management

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Location: London, UK

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Favourite innovation: the Internet

It’s bought knowledge into a democratic format which is much easier to access for many more, independent of social circumstances.

Mentor

Hello! I’m Michael

UX Lead at Southern California Edison (SCE)

I joined as a mentor on March 11th, 2021

About Me

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Innovation

My unofficial motto, "Improving people's lives through innovation" is guiding my career. I believe in change, and never enjoyed the status quo for its own sake. UX is my second career. I practiced architecture for almost 18 years, where I led a group of younger architects and ran the production department for a design/build firm, and where I learned a lot about design. I moved to Los Angeles and trained as an actor, where I learned a lot about presenting myself to people. I transitioned to UX by way of a Masters in Human Factors Psychology. I learned a lot about human psychology and user research methodologies and principles in grad school, and continued into my first job at Kelley Blue Book, where I did various types of user research and even created a research program. I happened to have done a concept for an app at Southern California Edison (SCE) that was so well received that I was asked to join SCE's Digital Accelerator, a 'startup' inside of the larger corporation. I now lead/manage UX with a very small team.

I have a keen sense of empathy, which is important in a learning environment. Contributing to that: I'm a good active listener, which is important in understanding where the mentee wants to go with their career/goals. I have patience, which is important because people don't alway understand quickly.

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Innovation

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I’m mentoring: Design leadership, portolio review

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Languages: English

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Specialisation: UX Design, UX Research

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Location: USA

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Favourite innovation: Vehicle electrificatoin and automation

Vehicle automation will reduce traffic deaths and improve traffic efficiency. It will change the makeup of our cities and would likely decrease the value of real estate (reducing the need for parking), and will allow independence for the elderly, the poor, and even children. Electrification will change the entire energy balance around the globe and reduce pollution, which threatens the health of people (mostly poor people), particularly in developing nations.

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Hello! I’m Melisa

UX Lead at Royal Bank of Canada

I joined as a mentor on March 12th, 2021

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Innovation

I’ve been in Design and Web Development since graduating from the Web and Multimedia program at the International Academy of Design in 2001. My primary interest is UX Design and Web Development/Design.

At Siemens, I became Team Lead of GUI Design and Development, creating company-coding standards and coordinating site builds for Internal and external Siemens departments and products. I went on to provide contract services for major Toronto web agencies such as Maclaren McCann, Blast Radius, Organic, CriticalMass, Nurun, Symcor for clients such as Michelin man, Uniroyal, BF Goodrich, Cisco, Primus, also has worked with many small to medium-sized companies as a freelancer.

Being the only woman in many of my teams as a programmer I learned to break barriers. Working with every possible brand and product as a designer and a programmer I have a highly creative and technical background I can share. Not only do I get to give my experience but I also learn a lot from the newcomers too. I like giving back to any type of community to help people grow and I myself grow during the period.

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Innovation

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I’m mentoring: Career techniques, interview techniques, design leadership, portolio review

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Languages: Turkish and English

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Specialisation: Front-end Developer, UX Design, Product Design

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Location: Toronto, Canada

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Favourite innovation: IM

When I was stuck in Mexico missing my flight, losing my wallet, and getting mugged via IM I was able to get help to get back to Toronto.

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Hello! I’m Kevin

Senior Product Designer at Upwork

I joined as a mentor on March 15th, 2021

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Innovation

I have a masters in web design and new media. I then had a series of internships in user research such as LinkedIn and SAP. Over the last 7 years I have worked at a mix of companies such as Cisco, SAP, Google, Facebook, and Upwork. All of which were focused on user experience design.

I’m failry laid back and understand what new designers are going through. I wish I knew a lot of things before learning on my own so I wish to help others share my experience with them.

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Innovation

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I’m mentoring: Career techniques, interview techniques, design leadership, portolio review

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Languages: English

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Specialisation: UX Design and UX Research

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Location: USA

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Favourite innovation: Youtube

It changed the way we learn and stay entertained.

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Hello! I'm Nancy

Senior UX Researcher at Ipsos MORI

I joined as a mentor on March 24th, 2021

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Innovation

I have a masters in web design and new media. I then had a series of internships in user research such as LinkedIn and SAP. Over the last 7 years I have worked at a mix of companies such as Cisco, SAP, Google, Facebook, and Upwork. All of which were focused on user experience design.

I’m failry laid back and understand what new designers are going through. I wish I knew a lot of things before learning on my own so I wish to help others share my experience with them.

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Innovation

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, portolio review

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Languages: English, Hindi, Punjabi

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Specialisation: UX Research

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Location: United Kingdom

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Favourite innovation: VR Headsets

I think they are amazing simulators and can transform you to another world immediately.

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Hello! I'm Jessica

UX/UI Designer at BackTech

I joined as a mentor on March 29th, 2021

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Innovation

I’m currently working in Tokyo in a tech startup as an interface and experience designer. I studied Master’s Degree in London then continue the journey to discover the purpose of design in several start-up companies in London, Paris, Singapore. Empathy is an essential thing that is needed in creating products and services, so I decided to move to Japan. Japan has one of the most thoughtful, kindest user experiences when it comes to creating and developing products and services. Coming from a mixed background-- I am mixed Dutch-Indonesian--has allowed me to view the world from different perspectives.

I feel that empathy needs to be deep-rooted from school years. Kids have no fears and limitations and restrictions so a lot of adventurous ideas will pop out. They will come out with great ideas, try, fail faster, listen, redo, try, until they succeed. Nurturing the younger generations about UX could be very useful as it will benefit society in the future and also will help social problems in schools like preventing bullying, respecting their friends, etc.

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Innovation

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, portolio review, interview techniques, design rule, design thinking

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Languages: English, Indonesian, Japanese, French, Chinese and Dutch

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Specialisation: UI and Experience Design, UX Research, Product Development, Art direction

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Location: Japan

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Favourite innovation: Japanese Shinkansen

It is one of my most favourite inventions and the innovation keeps on going and going. It is an invention where it breaks into the theory of time, which makes an 8-hour journey onto a 2-hour journey. Impressive.

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Hello! I'm Stephanie

UX Designer at Ministry of Justice London

I joined as a mentor on April 8th, 2021

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Innovation

I was born and raised in a small country called Liechtenstein my heart always wants to explore the world. After gaining practical experience at one of the top three international digital agencies in Switzerland working for clients like Swiss Federal Railways, Swiss Post and Coop Mondovino, I decided to step outside my comfort zone. Next stop London – studying, living and working abroad has shaped my mindset and got me used to dealing with new situations and uncertainty. Eight years of experience in agencies, in-house design teams and freelancing taught me to be flexible while collaborating with diverse people in cross-discipline agile teams.

I worked with students in the past and really enjoyed it. It gives me a personal sense of satisfaction if I can help someone. I have had many different mentors in my life. I probably don’t label them as “mentors” but there are always people around me who are part of my adventures and whose advice I value. Having a strong mentor can have a significant impact in someone’s life and I want to give back to the community what I received without even asking for it.

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Innovation

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, portolio review, interview techniques, design leadership

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Languages: English, German

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Specialisation: UX/UI Design, UX Research, UX Writing, Product Design/Design Thinking, Graphic Design

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Location: United Kingdom

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Favourite innovation: Zipline

It’s a drone service which has been delivering hundreds of thousands of shipments of life-saving blood. I donate blood myself and know how crucial it can be to receive it at the right time. I love Zipline because it’s an innovation which saves lives. It connects areas of the world which would otherwise be cut off. Proven to work in extremes: from the hot California desert to the rainy mountains of Rwanda. Zipline's drones fly through real-world weather, day and night. A single flight can deliver up to 3 units of blood. For larger orders, multiple drones are sent at the same time. I love this project because it creates real value for people who would otherwise not have access or the time to receive the blood donation or life saving supplies they urgently need.

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Hello! I'm Frederik

UX and Digital Product Manager at HSBC

I joined as a mentor on April 12th, 2021

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Innovation

A technical-creative thinker with 10+ years of experience in the field of UX design, user research, and voice design in Belgium, the UK, Australia, Hong Kong, and mainland China, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia. Worked primarily for finance and insurance-related projects, but telco and e-commerce as well. Currently an executive MBA student at the University of Cambridge and working as the global design lead for conversational banking at HSBC, based in Hong Kong.

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Innovation

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I’m mentoring: Creativity techniques, industry-standard software (i.e. Sketch and Figma), sketching techniques

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Languages: English, Dutch, French (limited)

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Specialisation: UI Design, UX Research, UX Design, Business Analysis

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Location: Hong Kong

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Favourite innovation: Smart Devices

Creates a whole new world of possibilities with even the simplest of objects.

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Hello! I'm Travis

Lead UX at Thunderhead

I joined as a mentor on April 12th, 2021

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Innovation

I’m a UX designer, researcher, workshop facilitator and strategist with 15 years experience working for agencies, consultancies, and, most recently, as lead UX for an enterprise product company. I’ve pitched for and won projects with global brands, built and run research labs, and led interdisciplinary teams to create successful user centred products and services.

I have extensive experience as a mentor and of managing teams of designers and developers. I’m an active listener, I motivate people through praise and positivity, and as a head of department I have a very good sense of what the market is looking for and how designers can present themselves in the best possible light to future employers.

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, interview techniques, design leadership, portfolio review

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Languages: English

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Specialisation: UX Design, research, discovery & workshop facilitation, strategy, pitching

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Location: United Kingdom

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Favourite innovation: Phonemic alphabet

It provided a simple means for translating all human experience into a perfectly uniform, repeatable, infinitely extensible and shareable visual code. Supercharged by the printing press the knowledge encoded in phonemic writing systems led to the formation of the modern individual, nation states, mass markets, science as we know it, and capitalism. The development of the internet will have similarly radical effects on how modern society evolves.

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Hello! I'm Martin

CX & UX Strategist at Collision

I joined as a mentor on April 20th, 2021

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Innovation

Over the course of my 21-year International career, digital experience has been the core theme. Throughout my work in digital design, online advertising, experience design, through to CRM & loyalty, I have always championed using a customer-centric & customer first approach. As a creative leader of top tier organisations across MENA and APAC for over 15 years, I focus on an insight led approach, finding solutions at the sweet spot between customer’s needs, client’s business objectives and innovative digital solutions.

I've led teams for 15 years, I'm a mentor within my global organisation to date. Personal and career development of my teams is a large part of my day to day role.

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I’m mentoring: Soft skills, interview techniques

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Languages: English

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Specialisation: CX & UX Strategy, UX Design, Creative Direction, Mentoring

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Location: Hong Kong

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Favourite innovation: Voice Assistant Devices

Because conversation is fundamentally a more natural "Human interface" and potential for great UX... plus it's the Sci-fi of my youth coming true!

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Hello! I'm Elisabeth

UX Designer at Monkeys Play Drums Ltd

I joined as a mentor on April 29th, 2021

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Innovation

I am a freelance Product Designer based in London with a background in marketing and copywriting. About 6 years experience in UX Design and worked on a range of projects including iOS and Android native apps, tablet and web design.

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, interview techniques, design leadership, portfolio review

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Languages: English, German, Thai (basic)

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Specialisation: UX Design, Product Design

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Location: United Kingdom

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Favourite innovation: Writing

It's probably not an innovation in today's perspective but without writing a lot of human knowledge would be lost and communication wouldn't be the same as it is now.

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Hello! I'm Adam

Head of Design at HYD Ltd

I joined as a mentor on April 30th, 2021

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Innovation

I’m a digital designer specialising in UI, UX, and motion graphics. Having studied illustration at university, and from loving Design & Technology in school, I found my career sweet spot in the form of digital design. From having almost no experience in actual web design post-university, I managed to get work in a digital startup in Bristol where for a long time I was the only designer. Startups are intense, but I credit this one massively in my growth as I was forced to learn many different things, with minimal help, and do it really fast!

Later on I moved to London to join a young company called Mobile5 which specialised in HTML5 creative executions - originally mostly ads. Now called HYD, this company operated as an agency and allowed me to gain experience with a huge range of different types of projects and clients. Now, I have been the Design Director here for the past 3 years, it’s been a great journey from having started as a new designer and progressing up. We’re a digital creative agency, specialising in creating digital solutions - usually in the form of a website or app - for a range of clients.

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, interview techniques, job search techniques, portfolio and CV review

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Languages: English, Malay

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Specialisation: UX Design, Graphic Design, Management, Branding, Motion Graphics, Copywriting

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Location: United Kingdom

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Favourite innovation: Continuity and synchronisation technology

I love it when my different devices are synchronised in their content, it’s another step to making smart technology even smarter and a seamless part of its user’s life. We’ll reach peak technology when they become things we don’t even think about anymore.

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Hello! I'm Emily

Lead UX Researcher at ARRIVAL

I joined as a mentor on May 11th, 2021

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Innovation

My experience has been focused on leading global user research for international customers. I have a background in Psychology, which I studied at the University of Sussex before moving into a fintech firm, called Symphony. I worked at Symphony for 5 years where I discovered the true beauty of UX and really felt like I'd found my dream career. My research strategy here included a deep focus on ethnography. I led onsite research studies across the UK, France, Germany, Nordics, APAC and USA. This meant a lot of hours on trading floors, which was definitely an unusual and incredible experience! It was a blast and I had the opportunity to work with a world class team on a huge re-design of their entire product. I now work at ARRIVAL, where I lead UX research for their electric van. It's been an exciting challenge to move from solely a software focus to now look at how physical, digital and service design interact. I've been there over a year and it's hugely gratifying to feel like I'm actually doing good for the world as well as the people using our products.

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, interview techniques, UX leadership, portfolio review

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Languages: English

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Specialisation: UX Research

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Location: United Kingdom

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Favourite innovation: Humanization of completely in-human technologies

Yes it's scary, but if we design them ethically, they can bring so much value. It is remarkable to me that we are starting to name machines and think of them like humans. I have to unashamedly say that my current favourite example of this is my robot vaccum - what an invention!

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Favourite innovation: Uber

They are a great example of how to disrupt a highly complacement industry (taxis) by taking a clever idea and merging it with a great app and customer experience.

Hello! I’m Vikram

UX Writer at Dell

I joined as a mentor on Feburary 26th, 2021

About Me

I’m a law student turned project manager, turned marketing copywriter, turned UX writer. There was never a set plan for me to become a UX writer. 5 years ago, I didn’t even know such thing existed. I am currenly a UX writer at Dell and have 4 years of UX writing experinece overall.

I would like to help others looking to build a career in UX writing. I am patient, have strong listening skills, and an extensive work career which I would like to share with others.

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, portfolio review

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Languages: English

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Specialisation: UX Writing

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Location: USA

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Favourite innovation: Digital health

From meditation to training apps, I believe technology has the power to do good and our capacity to deal with life’s challenges is increased when we take care of ourselves.

Hello! I’m Ellen

UX Designer at Zebra Technologies

I joined as a mentor on Feburary 28th, 2021

About Me

I’m an UX designer at Zebra Technologies and the founder and designer at Adornment Archive. I have experience in product design, immersive experience design, and UX design. I am a creative person who believes in the power of design to solve problems and bring joy. I have 3 years of experience as a UX designer.

I would like to help others and give something back to the community. I am very approachable and look forward to meeting you!

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, interview techniques, portfolio review

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Languages: English

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Specialisation: UX Design

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Location: United Kingdom

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Favourite innovation: Paper

Because inventing paper is what triggered the beginning of the recording and sharing information with human beings beyond the local community. We use it for so many different things and even in UX, paper is the most basic tool we use to write up interview notes, create sketches and jot down feedback.

Hello! I’m Halliq

Senior UX Specialist at Apply Digital

I joined as a mentor on Feburary 28th, 2021

About Me

My educational background in UX comes from my master's in digital design and CUA certification. I possess 10+ years of experience in UX, extensively prevailed in service, product & start-up environments by working for the companies Apply Digital, Target, Scholastic, and HCL. Having received multiple awards for my design solutions, I have the domain and design expertise in Aerospace, E-commerce, Automobile, Medical, AR/VR, Food & games. Some of the clients I have worked with are Apple, Hyundai, Emirates, Panasonic, and Canada Goose.

I love teaching and sharing my knowledge with others. I believe passing on the knowledge is the best method for me to share something back with the community and also allows me continuously learn & grow. Looking back, if I had a proper mentor or knowledge about UX, I would have done things differently in college and early days of my career. That's why I want to mentor newcomers, students and freshers and to help them learn more and do things much more effectively to help them in their career.

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I’m mentoring: Career & educational advice, interview preparations, portfolio & CV review

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Languages: English, Tamil

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Specialisation: User Research, Product Design, UX Design, UX Writing

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Location: Vancouver, Canada

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Favourite innovation: Bicycle

A personal example for me is the bike. it is a beautiful harmony between form and function as has needed little evolution over time, it is forever supreme.

Hello! I’m Shabana

Senior UX Designer at Zone

I joined as a mentor on March 1st, 2021

About Me

I design experiences and interfaces for companies who want to make products for real needs. My goal is in improving everyday experiences for users, practising UX methodologies that get results, being agile, iterative, user-tested and shipped. I really enjoy being an integral part of product teams, I have hired designers to build stronger teams and am successful in supporting collaborative cross-functional teams. My experience covers e-commerce, Finance, Telecommunications, Mobile, Software, Pharmaceutical. I have lead UX workshops and presented in various locations.

I really believe in supporting and guiding our future gen designers into the world of design, they will be part of making changes and innovations in our future societies and planet. My own path into design was not easy, but I have lessons learnt from hard work! I have been fortunate enough to work across a variety of industries and I love meeting new people and who are interested in design.

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, interview preparations, portfolio review, being a ‘women’ in design

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Languages: English, Bengali

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Specialisation: User Research, Product Design, UX Design, UX Writing

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Location: United Kingdom

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Favourite innovation: the Internet

As much as we complain about it it is the thing that connects us to endless opportunities. Especially in times like now with COVID. Without it who knows if any of us would have been able to stay employed through all of this.

Hello! I’m Jarvis

UX Designer at TBS Factoring Services

I joined as a mentor on March 1st, 2021

About Me

I'm a UX Designer, Writer, and a UX Mentor. I specialize in branding and design strategy and I try to share what I've learned on my unconventional journey in design with as many people as possible.

I took the self-taught route into design and without the help of my mentors giving their time and knowledge to me, I wouldn't be here today. I feel it's only right I do the same for others. I am someone who understands that they don't know everything but they are willing to share what they do know and learn what they don't in order to help others. Mentoring is a two-way street. I learn from my mentees just as much as they learn from me.

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, interview techniques, portfolio review

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Languages: English

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Specialisation: UX Design, Product Design

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Location: USA

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Favourite innovation: Airplane & the Internet

Both connect people and have allowed cultures and communities to connect very rapidly. Before it took decades for cultures and people to interact with each other. I would say at very core, both have enabled us to experience the humanity in others, seeing past political and corporate systems. I think it's important to understand the systems and structures that design creates.

Hello! I’m Corey

UX Director at Affinity Solutions

I joined as a mentor on March 3rd, 2021

About Me

I started coding when I was 11 and always loved to create things. However, these initial programs did not quite consider users; they were designed around the structure of the language rather than how people would use them. Now I design experiences considering people, technology and business and I've been UX design for the last 5 years, creating digital experiences in the fintech space for both consumer and enterprise applications which include consumer banking experiences, enterprise administration tools, and analytical dashboards. I have been a part of the transformation in this company from an agency driven model to a product/user research driven model.

I've always wanted to give back, as when I started UX design there were a lot of mentors that helped me get into the field, but helped me become successful in my career. I have good listening skills and I'm able to help others reframe what they have done into a way that expresses their value in ways they did not think about before. I also am good about expressing new ways of thinking about projects and their impact.

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I’m mentoring: Design Leadership, portfolio review

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Languages: English

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Specialisation: UX Design

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Location: USA

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Favourite innovation: Alexa

It’s a perfect combination of physical product and digital user experience design. The voice-controlled "personal assistant" which will perform various tasks for you and control various systems. Interaction with voice interface provides user’s completely new digital experience and it’s the future of user interaction.

Hello! I’m Kanisha

UX Designer at The Access Group

I joined as a mentor on March 4th, 2021

About Me

I am User Experience Designer with extensive knowledge of analyzing the user’s requirements and problem to design creative solutions that delivers an optimal experience within the user’s own interaction and spatial environment. I have worked in the Design Industry for past 12 years. I create a digital experience that is not only human centric, functional & engaging but also beautiful. I’ve had the opportunity to work in startups, design agency and corporates on a wide-ranging project within fashion, education, marketplaces, social networking, entertainment, charity and recruitment domains.

I would like to use my user experience to unlock new skills and expose them to new ideas. Many kids struggle to maintain healthy self-esteem and feel confident about themselves. I feel a good mentoring relationship can help them recognize their strengths and accomplishments.

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, interview techniques, design leadership, portolio review and tips

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Languages: English, Hindi, Gujarati

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Specialisation: UX Design, Product Design, UX Research, UI Design, User interviews

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Location: United Kingdom

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Favourite innovation: the Camera

It encapsulates life. A quote that depicts this perfectly, 'Just focus on what's important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives and if things don't turn out - just take another shot. - ZK'

Hello! I’m Leanne

UX/UI Designer at Virgin Media

I joined as a mentor on March 8th, 2021

About Me

I am creative, attentive and ambitious; cultivated over the years growing up but especially through my years of studies. I went to the University of Brighton where my love of User Experience began and flourished. From working at West Ham FC Stadium as a Waitress to working at Virgin Media as a UX/UI Designer, my desired job. I have worked in multi-disciplinary and diverse workplaces and worked on projects including idea generation brainstorming sessions, usability evaluation testing and redesigning user interfaces for healthcare and telecommunication websites.

I care for the next generation's success and how they will grow in the society that we live in. I am an active listener and effective communicator who embraces design thinking to advance diversity, equity and inclusion. I am open and enthusiastic to share my experiences and provide honest and direct feedback. As a UX/UI Designer, empathising and building rapport with others are at the core.

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, portolio review

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Languages: English

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Specialisation: UX Design

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Location: United Kingdom

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Favourite innovation: Airbnb

It connects the world but gives opportunities for others.

Hello! I’m Kristian

Senior Product Designer at Microsoft

I joined as a mentor on March 8th, 2021

About Me

I am a designer, mentor, foodie and cat dad. With my experience in advertisement, government consulting, and insurtech I’m a designer that adapts through ambiguity. My proudest work involves redesign IRS.gov where I collaborated with cross-functional teams to design a accessible, user-friendly experience. I also led a effort to win a multi-million contract with Amazon at Asurion to be their exclusion protection plan provider, by utilizing user research and empathy to drive solutions.

Mentoring has been my passion since I graduated high school. I was a instructor and mentor for my a high school marching band and watched the students grow up to be great leaders. In design, I’m passionate how individuals make a change in their career and chase after their dreams. I want to be a mentor for lifelong coaching and connections. Mentoring is a lifelong connection that helps others along their journey.

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, interview techniques, design leadership, portolio review

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Languages: English

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Specialisation: UX Design, Product Design, UX Research, UI Design

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Location: USA

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Favourite innovation: the Internet

It’s bought knowledge into a democratic format which is much easier to access for many more, independent of social circumstances.

Hello! I’m Aleksandra

UX Specialist at Somo Global

I joined as a mentor on March 9th, 2021

About Me

I studied graphic design and came to the UK in 2007, and then worked as a project manager, moving to digital project management, and eventually UX, working for Radley Yeldar. During this time I was studying, and got an advanced diploma in Integrative Art Psychotherapy, at IATE, in London. I’ve worked for some big production studios, including Warner Brothers, Netflix, but have gone back to UX since 2020, and worked for some small agencies as well as Somo Global, who offered me a perm role which I accepted in January 2021. I still work on advertising graphics, most recently for H&M (via Mex Bellhouse), as well as other ‘passion’ projects in my spare time (I’ve helped Our Workshop, a South African NGO get online by building a website for them in 2020).

I’d love to be able to share my learnings and form new mentoring relationships so I can also learn about the experiences of the individuals I’d mentor. I’m a good listener, I think having experience across two ‘industries’ gives me insights which might be useful for people, I’m passionate about my career.

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, interview techniques, design leadership, portolio review

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Languages: English, Polish, tiny bit of Afrikaans

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Specialisation: UX Design, Consultancy, Graphic Design (print & digital), Digital project management

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Location: London, UK

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Favourite innovation: Vehicle electrificatoin and automation

Vehicle automation will reduce traffic deaths and improve traffic efficiency. It will change the makeup of our cities and would likely decrease the value of real estate (reducing the need for parking), and will allow independence for the elderly, the poor, and even children. Electrification will change the entire energy balance around the globe and reduce pollution, which threatens the health of people (mostly poor people), particularly in developing nations.

Hello! I’m Michael

UX Lead at Southern California Edison (SCE)

I joined as a mentor on March 11th, 2021

About Me

My unofficial motto, "Improving people's lives through innovation" is guiding my career. I believe in change, and never enjoyed the status quo for its own sake. UX is my second career. I practiced architecture for almost 18 years, where I led a group of younger architects and ran the production department for a design/build firm, and where I learned a lot about design. I moved to Los Angeles and trained as an actor, where I learned a lot about presenting myself to people. I transitioned to UX by way of a Masters in Human Factors Psychology. I learned a lot about human psychology and user research methodologies and principles in grad school, and continued into my first job at Kelley Blue Book, where I did various types of user research and even created a research program. I happened to have done a concept for an app at Southern California Edison (SCE) that was so well received that I was asked to join SCE's Digital Accelerator, a 'startup' inside of the larger corporation. I now lead/manage UX with a very small team.

I have a keen sense of empathy, which is important in a learning environment. Contributing to that: I'm a good active listener, which is important in understanding where the mentee wants to go with their career/goals. I have patience, which is important because people don't alway understand quickly.

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I’m mentoring: Design leadership, portolio review

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Languages: English

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Specialisation: UX Design, UX Research

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Location: USA

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Favourite innovation: IM

When I was stuck in Mexico missing my flight, losing my wallet, and getting mugged via IM I was able to get help to get back to Toronto.

Hello! I’m Melisa

UX Lead at Royal Bank of Canada

I joined as a mentor on March 12th, 2021

About Me

I’ve been in Design and Web Development since graduating from the Web and Multimedia program at the International Academy of Design in 2001. My primary interest is UX Design and Web Development/Design.

At Siemens, I became Team Lead of GUI Design and Development, creating company-coding standards and coordinating site builds for Internal and external Siemens departments and products. I went on to provide contract services for major Toronto web agencies such as Maclaren McCann, Blast Radius, Organic, CriticalMass, Nurun, Symcor for clients such as Michelin man, Uniroyal, BF Goodrich, Cisco, Primus, also has worked with many small to medium-sized companies as a freelancer.

Being the only woman in many of my teams as a programmer I learned to break barriers. Working with every possible brand and product as a designer and a programmer I have a highly creative and technical background I can share. Not only do I get to give my experience but I also learn a lot from the newcomers too. I like giving back to any type of community to help people grow and I myself grow during the period.

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I’m mentoring: Career techniques, interview techniques, design leadership, portolio review

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Languages: Turkish and English

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Specialisation: Front-end Developer, UX Design, Product Design

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Location: Toronto, Canada

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Favourite innovation: Youtube

It changed the way we learn and stay entertained.

Hello! I’m Kevin

Senior Product Designer at Upwork

I joined as a mentor on March 15th, 2021

About Me

I have a masters in web design and new media. I then had a series of internships in user research such as LinkedIn and SAP. Over the last 7 years I have worked at a mix of companies such as Cisco, SAP, Google, Facebook, and Upwork. All of which were focused on user experience design.

I’m failry laid back and understand what new designers are going through. I wish I knew a lot of things before learning on my own so I wish to help others share my experience with them.

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I’m mentoring: Career techniques, interview techniques, design leadership, portolio review

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Languages: English

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Specialisation: UX Design and UX Research

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Location: USA

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Favourite innovation: VR Headsets

I think they are amazing simulators and can transform you to another world immediately.

Hello! I’m Nancy

Senior UX Researcher at Ipsos MORI

I joined as a mentor on March 24th, 2021

About Me

I've been in the UX industry for around 3 years. Having been a graduate in the past, I understand the importance of having a mentor to guide you to break into the industry. The market itself is top heavy, which means juniors are unable to get opportunities they deserve. I want to change the for the young talent that has so much potential to mark a mark in UX and bring a fresh perspective.

I love to share my knowledge, experience and expertise in the working world, for younger children it's hard to imagine and prepare for the working world, I want to help bridge that gap. I am empathetic and a listener and genuinely want to help and invest in others.

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, portolio review

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Languages: English, Hindi, Punjabi

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Specialisation: UX Research

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Location: United Kingdom

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Favourite innovation: Japanese Shinkansen

It is one of my most favourite inventions and the innovation keeps on going and going. It is an invention where it breaks into the theory of time, which makes an 8-hour journey onto a 2-hour journey. Impressive.

Hello! I’m Jessica

UX/UI Designer at BackTech

I joined as a mentor on March 29th, 2021

About Me

I’m currently working in Tokyo in a tech startup as an interface and experience designer. I studied Master’s Degree in London then continue the journey to discover the purpose of design in several start-up companies in London, Paris, Singapore. Empathy is an essential thing that is needed in creating products and services, so I decided to move to Japan. Japan has one of the most thoughtful, kindest user experiences when it comes to creating and developing products and services. Coming from a mixed background-- I am mixed Dutch-Indonesian--has allowed me to view the world from different perspectives.

I feel that empathy needs to be deep-rooted from school years. Kids have no fears and limitations and restrictions so a lot of adventurous ideas will pop out. They will come out with great ideas, try, fail faster, listen, redo, try, until they succeed. Nurturing the younger generations about UX could be very useful as it will benefit society in the future and also will help social problems in schools like preventing bullying, respecting their friends, etc.

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, portolio review, interview techniques, design rule, design thinking

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Languages: English, Indonesian, Japanese, French, Chinese and Dutch

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Specialisation: UI and Experience Design, UX Research, Product Development, Art direction

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Location: Japan

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Favourite innovation: Zipline

It’s a drone service which has been delivering hundreds of thousands of shipments of life-saving blood. I donate blood myself and know how crucial it can be to receive it at the right time. I love Zipline because it’s an innovation which saves lives. It connects areas of the world which would otherwise be cut off. Proven to work in extremes: from the hot California desert to the rainy mountains of Rwanda. Zipline's drones fly through real-world weather, day and night. A single flight can deliver up to 3 units of blood. For larger orders, multiple drones are sent at the same time. I love this project because it creates real value for people who would otherwise not have access or the time to receive the blood donation or life saving supplies they urgently need.

Hello! I’m Stephanie

UX Designer at Ministry of Justice London

I joined as a mentor on April 8th, 2021

About Me

I was born and raised in a small country called Liechtenstein my heart always wants to explore the world. After gaining practical experience at one of the top three international digital agencies in Switzerland working for clients like Swiss Federal Railways, Swiss Post and Coop Mondovino, I decided to step outside my comfort zone. Next stop London – studying, living and working abroad has shaped my mindset and got me used to dealing with new situations and uncertainty. Eight years of experience in agencies, in-house design teams and freelancing taught me to be flexible while collaborating with diverse people in cross-discipline agile teams.

I worked with students in the past and really enjoyed it. It gives me a personal sense of satisfaction if I can help someone. I have had many different mentors in my life. I probably don’t label them as “mentors” but there are always people around me who are part of my adventures and whose advice I value. Having a strong mentor can have a significant impact in someone’s life and I want to give back to the community what I received without even asking for it.

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, portolio review, interview techniques, design leadership

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Languages: English, German

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Specialisation: UX/UI Design, UX Research, UX Writing, Product Design/Design Thinking, Graphic Design

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Location: United Kingdom

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Favourite innovation: Smart Devices

Creates a whole new world of possibilities with even the simplest of objects.

Hello! I’m Frederik

UX and Digital Product Manager at HSBC

I joined as a mentor on April 12th, 2021

About Me

A technical-creative thinker with 10+ years of experience in the field of UX design, user research, and voice design in Belgium, the UK, Australia, Hong Kong, and mainland China, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia. Worked primarily for finance and insurance-related projects, but telco and e-commerce as well. Currently an executive MBA student at the University of Cambridge and working as the global design lead for conversational banking at HSBC, based in Hong Kong.

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I’m mentoring: Creativity techniques, industry-standard software (i.e. Sketch and Figma), sketching techniques

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Languages: English, Dutch, French (limited)

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Specialisation: UI Design, UX Research, UX Design, Business Analysis

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Location: Hong Kong

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Favourite innovation: Phonemic alphabet

It provided a simple means for translating all human experience into a perfectly uniform, repeatable, infinitely extensible and shareable visual code. Supercharged by the printing press the knowledge encoded in phonemic writing systems led to the formation of the modern individual, nation states, mass markets, science as we know it, and capitalism. The development of the internet will have similarly radical effects on how modern society evolves.

Hello! I’m Travis

Lead UX at Thunderhead

I joined as a mentor on April 12th, 2021

About Me

I’m a UX designer, researcher, workshop facilitator and strategist with 15 years experience working for agencies, consultancies, and, most recently, as lead UX for an enterprise product company. I’ve pitched for and won projects with global brands, built and run research labs, and led interdisciplinary teams to create successful user centred products and services.

I have extensive experience as a mentor and of managing teams of designers and developers. I’m an active listener, I motivate people through praise and positivity, and as a head of department I have a very good sense of what the market is looking for and how designers can present themselves in the best possible light to future employers.

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, interview techniques, design leadership, portfolio review

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Languages: English

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Specialisation: UX Design, research, discovery & workshop facilitation, strategy, pitching

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Location: United Kingdom

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Favourite innovation: Voice Assistant Devices

Because conversation is fundamentally a more natural "Human interface" and potential for great UX... plus it's the Sci-fi of my youth coming true!

Hello! I’m Martin

CX & UX Strategist at Collision

I joined as a mentor on April 20th, 2021

About Me

Over the course of my 21-year International career, digital experience has been the core theme. Throughout my work in digital design, online advertising, experience design, through to CRM & loyalty, I have always championed using a customer-centric & customer first approach. As a creative leader of top tier organisations across MENA and APAC for over 15 years, I focus on an insight led approach, finding solutions at the sweet spot between customer’s needs, client’s business objectives and innovative digital solutions.

I've led teams for 15 years, I'm a mentor within my global organisation to date. Personal and career development of my teams is a large part of my day to day role.

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I’m mentoring: Soft skills, interview techniques

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Languages: English

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Specialisation: CX & UX Strategy, UX Design, Creative Direction, Mentoring

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Location: Hong Kong

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Favourite innovation: Writing

It's probably not an innovation in today's perspective but without writing a lot of human knowledge would be lost and communication wouldn't be the same as it is now.

Hello! I’m Elisabeth

UX Designer at Monkeys Play Drums Ltd

I joined as a mentor on April 29th, 2021

About Me

I am a freelance Product Designer based in London with a background in marketing and copywriting. About 6 years experience in UX Design and worked on a range of projects including iOS and Android native apps, tablet and web design.

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, interview techniques, design leadership, portfolio review

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Languages: English, German, Thai (basic)

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Specialisation: UX Design, Product Design

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Location: United Kingdom

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Favourite innovation: Continuity and synchronisation technology

I love it when my different devices are synchronised in their content, it’s another step to making smart technology even smarter and a seamless part of its user’s life. We’ll reach peak technology when they become things we don’t even think about anymore.

Hello! I’m Adam

Head of Design at HYD Ltd

I joined as a mentor on April 30th, 2021

About Me

I’m a digital designer specialising in UI, UX, and motion graphics. Having studied illustration at university, and from loving Design & Technology in school, I found my career sweet spot in the form of digital design. From having almost no experience in actual web design post-university, I managed to get work in a digital startup in Bristol where for a long time I was the only designer. Startups are intense, but I credit this one massively in my growth as I was forced to learn many different things, with minimal help, and do it really fast!

Later on I moved to London to join a young company called Mobile5 which specialised in HTML5 creative executions - originally mostly ads. Now called HYD, this company operated as an agency and allowed me to gain experience with a huge range of different types of projects and clients. Now, I have been the Design Director here for the past 3 years, it’s been a great journey from having started as a new designer and progressing up. We’re a digital creative agency, specialising in creating digital solutions - usually in the form of a website or app - for a range of clients.

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, interview techniques, job search techniques, portfolio and CV review

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Languages: English, Malay

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Specialisation: UX Design, Graphic Design, Management, Branding, Motion Graphics, Copywriting

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Location: United Kingdom

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Favourite innovation: Humanization of completely in-human technologies

Yes it's scary, but if we design them ethically, they can bring so much value. It is remarkable to me that we are starting to name machines and think of them like humans. I have to unashamedly say that my current favourite example of this is my robot vaccum - what an invention!

Hello! I’m Emily

Lead UX Researcher at ARRIVAL

I joined as a mentor on May 11th, 2021

About Me

My experience has been focused on leading global user research for international customers. I have a background in Psychology, which I studied at the University of Sussex before moving into a fintech firm, called Symphony. I worked at Symphony for 5 years where I discovered the true beauty of UX and really felt like I'd found my dream career. My research strategy here included a deep focus on ethnography. I led onsite research studies across the UK, France, Germany, Nordics, APAC and USA. This meant a lot of hours on trading floors, which was definitely an unusual and incredible experience! It was a blast and I had the opportunity to work with a world class team on a huge re-design of their entire product. I now work at ARRIVAL, where I lead UX research for their electric van. It's been an exciting challenge to move from solely a software focus to now look at how physical, digital and service design interact. I've been there over a year and it's hugely gratifying to feel like I'm actually doing good for the world as well as the people using our products.

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I’m mentoring: Career advice, interview techniques, UX leadership, portfolio review

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Languages: English

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Specialisation: UX Research

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Location: United Kingdom

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