I started learning design back in 2014 because I wanted to build a website of my own. As someone who owns a business degree and is passionate about marketing, I quickly understood that the quality of the design can make or break your product! User Experience or User Interface design weren't very popular- everything was just "web design".
So, I started googling around and watching tons of YouTube videos on how to design a website with Photoshop. The end goal was to be able to create a design for my startup Styberry
, that was going to rule the fashion blogging scene.
Fast forward 6 months later, I had created the initial designs and we had started to pitch around the product. I was showing people the prototype on my phone! It felt really good to be able to show and explain a product that you created yourself. I was amazed by how far I've come and decided to keep developing my design skills, if my startup didn't succeed. Sure enough, after another 6 months we run out of cash and reality hit so I needed to go back to my job.
This was the turning point in my life where I decided there's no way for me to go back to working for someone doing marketing campaigns but would rather create beautiful designs that help other people. I officially became a freelance UX/UI designer!