Michal Stephanie Michal
What would you do, if you weren't working as a designer?
I have no idea
What design tool do you currently use?
sketch, axure, excel (not kidding it is a design tool for user research), miro
What's your favorite band or artist to listen to while designing?
Your favorite font? :-)
Gotham, obviously 😂
Favorite book or movie (non-design related)
the whole nightside serie (book)
What's your favorite color in hex or RGBa? (gradients are allowed too)
gradient from deep magenta to yellow, it is also my current hair color
What was your first real/paid design project and when did you make it?
A website for a philharmonic orchestra I worked on during the summer between year 1 and year 2 of my Master degree to pay for the master degree second year
If you could write something on the loading screen of all design tools, so all designers can see it, what would it be?
Close dribbble, now!!!
Did you study design, or are you self taught? And how did that path influence your work style?
Both, I studied some tools during the master degree but did not get a proper introduction to what to design with those (color, fonts, UI, etc) so I'm self taught on that area
With all the current experience, what would you tell yourself when you were just starting out?
Trust your guts, if it smells bad and there's red flags, you might be right about not wanting to take the client/job
What do you think is the biggest problem in the design industry right now and how can it be fixed?
The lack of proper UX training, juniors have a hard time finding job. Not sure how to fix this, a lot of companies look for medior/seniors who can do it all (UX, UI and if possible code, lol) so they can only hire one person. It's mostly about design maturity, we need to bring companies to a higher level of design maturity so that they understand that the investment is worth it, invest also in juniors to train them with more experience seniors and everyone wins!