How I got to be a UX designer

When I was 15, there was an economic crisis in Europe.

And while I had grown up in the Netherlands, attending an international school, my parents were Greek and a large part of my cultural identity rested in that beautiful Mediterranean country. 

As many will know, Greece did not fare well during this economic crash. I witnessed the hardship the Greek nation faced and the situation the state was subjected to. It led me to to study Economics in order to be able to understand what had happened.

Studying Economics was a mixed experience. While certain classes were filled with absolutely current information and related to the real world events, others were extremely theoretical. And by the end of my first year, I knew that I was not going to be pursuing a profession in economics after I graduated. 

I was, however becoming interested in the world of business. Social business, to be exact. I liked this idea of being able to do business while still being able to make a positive difference in the world.

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"Studying a degree which until recently had not existed was quite the experience."

Someone asked me; “Have you ever heard of design thinking?”. 

I hadn't. But I soon would.

I started reading books on design and exploring ‘Service Design’. Which ultimately led me to land myself a spot at the Royal College of Art studying a master’s degree in Service Design and afterwards an intensive 12 week UX Design course with the Red Academy.

Moving from a red brick university (Bristol) studying a traditional subject then going to an art school and studying a degree which until recently had not existed was quite the experience. 

I met people that had completely different educational backgrounds than myself and was exposed to concepts which up to that point had been completely foreign to me. 

The UX design course allowed me to get a broad overview of many of the tools and skills I would need in my chosen career 

I am now working in a London-based agency as a junior UX designer, and once again I’m learning a lot. 

This was the series of events that have up to this point made up my journey, and I wish you good luck on yours. 

Mini Glossary

Service Design is the activity of planning and organising people, infrastructure, communication and material components of a service in order to improve its quality and the interaction between the service provider and its customers.

User Experience (UX) Design is the process of creating products that provide meaningful and relevant experiences to users. This involves the design of the entire process of acquiring and integrating the product, including aspects of branding, design, usability, and function.