Before switching to a career in UX design, Christine Li spent nine years as a fashion graphic designer where she designed prints and embroideries for diverse international fashion brands, and even worked her way up to the management level.
Like many career switchers, her previous work experience is now paying off in a unique way in her new career in UX design.
“My previous fashion design experience has helped me to think from different perspectives. As I grew as a fashion graphic designer, I started to raise more questions about why, and how to aim at the right audience or solve the right problems. These questions brought me closer to UX design,” Christine says.
In her previous career, Christine yearned to bridge the gap between logical facts before jumping to a design decision. Since then, and after completing UX Academy, she’s grown into finding meaningful outcomes before the aesthetics side of things.
Christine’s UX Academy Journey
Early in her UX Academy journey, Christine understood that getting feedback—both from mentors and peers—during the design process, is one of the best ways to improve your work. This is a big part of why she chose UX Academy by Designlab to learn UX design.
“The weekly 1 on 1 mentoring session and Group Crits are why I chose Designlab. These were a good way to learn how to present my work and how to critique other people’s work. Also, Designlab has a very good Discord community to help each other out,” says Christine.
Christine chose to complete UX Academy on the part-time track, which held space for her to freelance on the side and maintain an income.
“Even though I took UX Academy part-time, I treated it like a full-time job in order to get the most out of it,” she notes.n the end, I’m glad that I chose part-time, though, because it gave me a good amount of time to deliver meaningful results and finesse pixel-perfect prototypes without rushing to submit them.”