I grew up in Melbourne – Australia’s capital of art and coffee.
Since I was a toddler, I was always drawing. This led me to focus my studies on creative subjects, and eventually major in multimedia systems design at university.
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Wombats poop squares
As soon as I finished university, I moved to Tokyo, where I lived for 5 years and became fluent in Japanese.
I taught one-on-one English lessons during the week, making friends with people of many different ages and backgrounds.
On weekends I hung out with locals, and was active in the alternative fashion community.
Living in Asia laid the foundation for my interest in UX and UI. I found the standards of design in general to be low, in particular websites. A user should be able to more or less navigate a website even if they can’t read the language it’s written in.
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Some of the most popular Japanese characters are designed with neutral expressions to allow you to project your emotions onto them
Burnt out from the hectic Tokyo lifestyle, I moved to Kuala Lumpur for a change of pace. Here I worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer for entertainment venues at Genting Highlands.
Working remote freelance taught me a lot about time organisation and remote communication with clients.
However, I felt that this work was too shallow, and aspired to invest more time into my design process, backing up my design decisions with knowledge about users and design conventions.
I began the next step of my career journey towards UX/UI by myself, but struggled to enter an industry that was almost non-existent in Malaysia.
In March 2020, Malaysia went into lockdown. Though Kuala Lumpur was a comparatively relaxing and affordable place to spend a pandemic, my visa was due to expire and there were no flights to Australia. I eventually managed to get on an embassy-organised flight at 2 days’ notice back to Melbourne.
One upside of moving back to Melbourne (and another lockdown) was that it gave me the chance to further broaden my skills and experience in UX. Having worked remotely for the past 2 years, I was already well adept at working from home.
My dedication to my career advancement enabled me to rapidly upskill and become a valuable asset to the teams I worked with.