Information that will change our lives. ;)


Glad you found us too. :slight_smile:

Madagascar! Amazing! What kind of volunteer work are you doing?


Thanks! My wife and I serve as volunteer missionaries here.


Hello UX Mastery Community!

You can find me here in Chicago, IL. I am currently doing quite well in my career as a Human Reaources professional but have known for some time that HR is not my forever career. My interest in UX began as a slow burn as I took my time learning more about it over the last year and a half or so.

My pursuit of UX really began in earnest in March of this year. Since, I’ve gotten a UX friend whose really got a lot of confidence in my abilities and has been helping me with my resume & portfolio. I’ve been enjoying learning wireframing lately!

My biggest challenge at this time is my portfolio. I’m confident in the content I have, I feel there is a lot of substance there, but have concerns about how to package this in portfolio form (help appreciated)!

I’m very passionate about the research focus of UX. I’m a research junkie! I also love how practical UX design is - no “form over function” here as UX strives for balance with the user focus.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly :smile: - DOGS ALL THE WAY! I have “Frenchie Fever” as I love French Bulldogs particularly.

That’s all for now. So grateful for this community.

Best to all,


Hi Henry! I’m from Atlanta, GA! Small world. Also, I work at Moody Global Ministries. We train students for ministry including missions - have you heard of it?

Best of luck to you in your pursuit of UX!


Hey Candra, and welcome. :slight_smile:

[quote=“candramichelleg, post:108, topic:669”]
but have concerns about how to package this in portfolio form (help appreciated)!
[/quote] This is a super helpful article that would be worth a read.

Here are some examples of portfolios that I think do a great job of presenting information.

If you’re struggling with getting started, Michelle’s article about portfolio writer’s block is a good one.

Glad you found us. :slight_smile:


Hi Candra, and thanks

We’ll have to look it up next time we’re in town. We’re planning a vacation in the fall, if our plans come together.

All the best to you too!


**Where in the world are you?
Austin, Texas

**What stage of your career are you at?
I am a writer and editor with many years of online marketing experience. I’ve dabbled in SEO, I spent several years at an agency creating and managing PPC campaigns. Realizing that I was more interested in information design, I made a switch and began working as an editor for a large tech website here in Austin. Then I was the casualty of one of their fabled layoffs, so I made another switch and am managing expert product reviews for a very lovely web company.

**What are you current challenges?
Making the reviews ever more user friendly and instilling them with unique features that beats our competitors. Also … Figuring out if it is possible to transition into UX full time, since I’ve realized it incorporates all the stuff I’m passionate about.

**What aspect/s of UX are passionate about?
I’ve long been passionate about user experience and usability, even before I knew what they were called. After I did ethnography research for a class project in college, I went to the career advisor and told him that I wanted to find a job studying how people use technology and advising how to make it better for them. He got me on to usability and suggested I take a couple courses. I did and I loved it, but when I went to look for work, there weren’t many usability testing jobs to be found, especially for someone without a full out human factors degree. I went into internet marketing because it was a hot field and I thought I could incorporate aspects of usability. I got to run the a/b testing and landing page optimization for some of our client accounts, and loved doing that. I recently trying to decide where I want to take my career. I started looking at job postings. There were many ux design positions. I had assumed these were graphic designers that just incorporated user experience principles into their design. But when I looked at the descriptions, I found all the activities I’m interested in: user research and testing, wireframing, prototyping, designing flow, thinking about the overall flow and architecture of the site. The one thing I’m unsure about is visual design. I know graphic design is not part of a pure ux role, but many of the descriptions are calling for someone with visual design skills, or a combo of ui/ux, so I want to do some training and try my hand at visual design to see if I have aptitude. If nothing else, knowing something about web design comes in handy when working on a website.

**Cats or dogs?
Both. I’ve owned both and enjoyed their distinct advantages.


Where in the world are you? I am a UX Designer, who lives in Ohio.

What stage of your career are you at? I am a beginner when it comes to UX. I have a varied background, including owning a business for three years that I sold. I apply what I learn from different jobs to my new one.

What are you current challenges? Keeping up with learning UX information and meeting other UX people since I am not by a big city.

What aspect/s of UX are passionate about? I consider myself a Multi­passionate person, I enjoy variety and performing different roles which is why I was attracted to UX. My top 5 interests are UX & design, business & innovation, and psychology. The ability to see the big picture and all the pieces needed is something I excel at. I enjoy this field.

Cats or dogs? Dogs, if I could only pick one. I am a huge fan of animals in general; I get a zoo pass every year.


Welcome @robin8tor and @ShannonRae – great to have you on board.

  1. I am from SF Bay Area, California :slight_smile:
  2. I recently graduated from UC Berkeley, studying cognitive science. UX design has been an interest of mines for awhile. However, I was intimidated (still am) by the crazy talent out there. However something always draws me back to this career. I have taken some online courses on Codeacademy and took a web design class at school. I am still developing my technical skills to build my portfolio.
  3. Figuring out what type of education would be best for me to develop the skills I need as an UX designer. (designlab? general assembly? etc.)
  4. I am excited about the idea of making something that people can use!
  5. DOGSSS. They are so just friendly!



Have you considered It doesn’t get mentioned often, but we rate it highly. You can check out @AshleaMcKay’s review of it here.


This is something that will serve you extremely well in this field. Welcome to the community!


G’day from down under!

Where in the world are you?
Melbourne, Australia

What stage of your career are you at?
10+ years working in consultancies and in-house leading experience design

What are you current challenges?
Pivoting large organisations to be experience led and user-centred

What aspect/s of UX are passionate about?
Engaging with people (humans!) to understand their needs and solve their problems creatively

Cats or dogs?


Welcome @benrenegar – great to have someone with your experience on board. Pity about the dog thing. :wink: (It wasn’t appropriate to make an Aussie joke so I went for the next best.)

  1. Washington, DC. Before that Hong Kong, Dubai and originally from Uzbekistan.
  2. Beginner - currently studying UX at one of the immersive courses
  3. Oh my…let me think…my biggest challenge is creating multiple iterations. Sometimes I just kinda figure it all out in my head and don’t feel like I need to sketch it over and over again but I know this is a wrong way to do it.
  4. I really enjoy ideating…thinking of ways to enhance/create a product and improving interaction experience. I also love research!
  5. Dogs!


Wow! That’s pretty awesome.


Thanks! It seems like an exotic location, right :slight_smile:


Where in the world are you?
I reside in Denver Colorado. I work as a contract UX Design Engineer working on enterprise applications.
What stage of your career are you at?
I’m a senior level designer, but fairly new to the UX discipline-- applying principles since 2013
What are you current challenges?
Working within the typical limitations: existing legacy frameworks, time with users, typical misunderstanding of what I do.
What aspect/s of UX are passionate about?
Coming from a Visual Design perspective, I like that UX removes much of the subjectivity from the design. Having user data and working toward the function first is refreshing. Also, the problem-solving is very much different with a user-first approach-- much more collaborative and iterative.
Cats or dogs?
Dogs first, but cats have their merits. I’d never own a cat but like to watch videos of the antics and I will interact with other people’s cats if they approach me.


hi all
Where in the world are you?
My body is in the beautiful Zurich in Switzerland and my soul is in the awesome Rome in Italy
What stage of your career are you at?
As a designer I always worked on UX topics. I started with accessibility due to the fact that in Italy we had a strict law about such topic. When I started working for the e-commerce environment was a smoothly transition from accessibility to usability and UX in general. Nowadays I’m taking care about UX fro bank products.
What are you current challenges?
I’m part of a process to help the company building up a product design process based on users and not only on features. Very challenging!
What aspect/s of UX are passionate about?
I strongly believe that a UX design based process is the only way to build a product that allow people to accomplish tasks. Is so exciting to observe how people are reacting on interfaces and product in general. I do like to define patterns according researches and data.
Cats or dogs?
I fully agree with @paddy1 dogs are people too. Mine, for instance, is a dictator…


Welcome @daphne_correa and @dopamino – I love to see hearing about the journey’s that people have taken to get where they are. I’m glad you’re both here.