Congrats to recent UX Grad Larry Nguyen! Read about Larry’s UX journey below (all work samples are his).
Tell us about how you got interested in user experience design and what brought you to the UX Certificate.
What got me interested in UX Design was actually networking with UX Designers when I was a Technical Recruiter, recruiting Front End Engineers and UI/UX Designers. By talking to them, I learned about an incredibly interesting industry and how designers helped create the modern digital world we live in. I was intrigued by how designers would simply empathize with users and facilitate that information to stakeholders in order to redesign products with the user in mind. In broader terms, designers help users and stakeholders’ lives easier and I thought this would be a fulfilling career.
What brought me to the UX Certificate program at UCLAx was the interest in bootcamps and certification programs available for people like to me change careers. Personally, I wanted to take my time to strengthen my design fundamentals with the year long program at UCLAx compared to other bootcamps and shorter certifications. It also helped that I attended UCLA for my undergrad, therefore I was extremely comfortable expanding my education with my alma mater.
What was your favorite course and why?
I had two favorite courses, UX III and UX IV. Both of the instructors I had for these courses have impressive backgrounds and I felt that I learned so much from both of them. I had built the foundation of my skills with the first two courses, but UX III and UX IV was what elevated my design skill set and mindset towards human centered design. Both courses helped me push myself to improve and continue to learn more about the diverse industry that UX has been trending to. Therefore both of these projects are featured in my portfolio.
Can you tell us about a project you completed that you’re proud of or challenged you?
A project I’m proud of was the mentorship project I completed with my team under Adam Fischbach. It was such a unique opportunity to partner with a real company and apply what we learned from the program to a company with needs that could actually implement our design solution. It was challenging because it was a project that we could not afford to make mistakes on, therefore we painstakingly ensured that all of our deliverables and presentations to our client was work of our highest caliber.
What advice would you have for anyone interested in getting started in UX?
Advice I would give for anyone interested in getting started in UX is to never be afraid of making mistakes. Design is about iteration, and constantly improving on your designs. This goes with always asking questions when you’re unsure of anything.