Friday, March 24, 2023

The busy designer - my long absence in blog writing.

As a designer, I often find myself overwhelmed with work. From client pitches to product design, I'm always on the go. As much as I enjoy my profession, I often find myself wishing I had more time to pursue other passions.

One of those passions is biking. While I don't have enough time to join a competitive team, I still enjoy leisurely rides whenever I can. I also love taking my bike apart and fixing it up. I'm always tinkering with the components to make it perform better and look better.

The other passion I have is designing for clients. As a designer, I'm constantly pushing myself to come up with new ideas that will make my clients' projects stand out from the crowd. With each project, I'm looking for ways to be creative and innovative while also meeting the client's needs.

Between bike rides and client projects, I often find myself with little time to do anything else, including writing blog posts. However, I'm always looking for new ways to make my time more productive and efficient.

In the end, I'm thankful for my life as a designer. I get to pursue my passions while also helping others reach their goals. Even though I don't have enough time to.


The Bar

Monday, September 05, 2022

1 Year after pandemic.. Evolved. Promoted. Matured...UX Designer/Engineer

This took me a while to post this. I dont have a design blog post for the whole year of 2021. As I was busy with our new setup at work. It was a challenging year, with all the pandemic cases rising and the typhoon odette challenges, it is still but a good one as I got promoted to Senior UX Engineer. 

Now, more complicated tasks to come. I wanna thank my company with this and hoping to grow more and become a better UX Designer.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Bored during NCOV Quarantine, I’ll just do design work then (at home)

It’s been a long time since my last writing a design blog. The truth, I was very busy lately being a full-time designer and at the same time, a freelancer. No luck also lately that we had a global Corona virus outbreak and everyone is on a lockdown, quarantined and forced to do work at home.

Despite that I have limited resources here at home, I have tried my best to do design work even to the best of the quality I can provide. Limited resources in a sense that I have no adobe design software at home and internet here sucks as well.

Anyway, just recently my good friend from UK who owned an IT company hired me to do a redesign job for his company’s website. This will be my first time doing a project that I am gonna applying a UX process, from analysing the information needed to be placed on his site, doing the wireframes, the high-fidelity and etc. It was an honour since my friend trusted me to do this from end-to-end, though I haven’t finished them but somehow on the development of my output is looking good. A big thanks to my experience here in working in ACN, this helped me improve as a UX Designer.

I will post the update of this project soon.

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Why Transition to UX Designer

It was long ago I worked in a multinational company for 5 yrs as a graphic designer when I first heard of UX Design. I really thought of UXD as something that isn't for me. Until I got an invitation to work for a Swiss based software development startup company as a Senior Marketing Designer. It was a tough work since I'm doing 2 roles as a designer that does marketing stuff and designer for development (working with devs). It was then that I got introduced to do a UX and UI related work where I was tasked to do UI designs for a certain mobile and web app. It was then I realized that Interface designing alone is not enough to come up with a good output but it was needed to study the overall experience of the user when interacting with your design. I was also told by my bosses that eventually my salary would be higher because of my role transition since being a user experience designer is paid higher than a regular designer.

According to Payscale US - UX Designers earn almost twice of that of the average graphic designer. E.g. a graphic designer in the US receives $42,000 while UX designers receives $74,000. 

UX Designers also are high in demand, since UX Design is closely related to business, companies prefer to keep the (UX design) job within the organisation rather than outsourcing them.

Monday, December 02, 2019

Transition to User Experience Design

How it all started
My background was in graphics designing and I have spent 4 years preparing for a job as a UX designer. This includes studying new skills that were required for the role and preparing a new design portfolio that shows the type of output that is about. Even though that I have undergone a very long time of training, my role in the company I worked was still in an associate level despite I was a senior designer on my previous job. It was a good thing though that I have a good mentors that helped and guided me to become one of the good UX designers in my team right now.

What made me enjoy UX Design
I realize that it was not designing alone that made me love UX design, it was the other skills and roles that you do when you are a UX designer. There can be up to 3-4 roles that u can do as a UX designer (Visual Designer, Interaction Designer, Researcher, and Information Architect) and I enjoyed doing all of them.

With the continuous change in technology, UX/UI design is highly in demand to help develop innovative products for users. And also, big companies are creating products that will help ease internal tasks. The reason why many graphic designers are willing to make a transition to UX design roles. Also, UX designers are highly paid compared to a regular designer.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Absence on the whole 2018

Hello Everyone! Its been so long since my last post. I am inactive for the whole year of 2018 as this was the year where I transitioned from graphic designer to UX/UI Designer. I trained hard and worked my ass off on numerous freelance projects and I moved to a new organization as well. I am still doing designs still and i have an insgtagram account for my logos and vector works @michaeleigram, u may follow me there and show some love and support.

Anyway, I will be active again this year and might be posting some of my new works. Stay tuned.

Monday, February 05, 2018

Design work of 2017

This is a very late post of summing up all of my finished work!
(Take note, mockup templates are not mine, only the designs)

Meantees (clothing line brand)
AM Window Solutions (branding)
Belcal (Travel agency brand)