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The Importance of 100 Days UI Challenge.

  As a newbie trying to start UI/UX design, I knew I couldn’t just hop into working on live projects or great looking portfolio to show my clients. I knew I needed to work on getting the right colors, layouts, typography, font size, hierarchy, etc and it wasn’t something I could do on my own hence I signed up for the  100 Days Daily UI Challenge . Although I wasn’t able to do it till day 100, I only stopped at day 33 because I felt it was time for me to start building my portfolio on Behance. Why Daily UI Challenge? The daily UI challenge encourages new UI/UX designers to set goals and create interfaces of various kinds for 100 days. This challenge is supposed to help you build your design muscles and help you improve in some basics principle of design which is: colors, typography, alignment, contrast, and consistency. Through repetition of the prompts you will receive in your mailbox, your design muscles keep getting stronger, which also aids in nurturing your design thinking process

On Turning a Year Older & Living a Purposeful Life

  So this post was supposed to be posted on 21st March, which was the day I turned a year older, but I decided to let it sit in my draft and schedule for today since it is the last day of the month and the end of the first quarter. The first quarter of the year is over, and there’s a lot of introspection going on for quite a number of us. February was a difficult month, I was mentally and emotionally stressed, and this made me experience a lot of panic attacks. Honestly, I don’t want to ever experience the stressful and draining part of this quarter ever again but I thank God for healing me and filling my heart with joy because as stressful as it was, I also did great things for myself which I will be sharing in this post.  Turning a year older scared me, I won't lie. I thought about some things I should have achieved and should be enjoying by now but on the second thought, I perceived I was being ungrateful and should be proud of where I am now, celebrate the moment and keep str

Empty State Design - Meaning & Importance.

Empty State - Mobile Version Empty states are what users see when there is no information displayed on the mobile or web screen. In summary, these are screens with little or no content on them depending on the situation, and examples of the situations are: 404 errors  Empty email inboxes  Empty checkout cart  Connection issues  The user has only just signed up Getting no results when you make searches  There are other situations that can also be placed as empty states but the most important thing is for these pages to be as engaging as possible.  Empty states are very important in UX Design but are often overlooked by designers that find them as non-essential screens that do not need attention. Designing an empty state is very useful to user experience and adds great value to products and services.    Empty State - Web Version As a designer, creating empty states is a great opportunity to let the users know what is happening, why it’s happening, and what to do about it, this helps to d

2021 - My Year In Review

I used the last strength in me to write this post. Before the holidays I promised I was going to do a lot of upskilling, reading, learning, and writing but none of that is happening and I really feel guilty for doing nothing productive; however, I realize it's the holidays and I am doing what I should be doing - REST. As much as we would want to be productive at any given opportunity we find ourselves, it is important to note that there is no pride in suffering from burnout and stress. So, if you find yourself feeling bad for not doing anything during this festive season, forgive yourself and give your body what it really needs - to rest.  2021 has been a lot of things to a lot of people, for me it was scary and crazy, I had lots of self-doubts and I felt unaccomplished but things took a beautiful turn for me and I am so thankful for that. January:  It was raining rejection mails, at some point, I stopped keeping count because some of these companies never got back to me but I was

Beginner Steps to Becoming a UI/UX Designer With Zero Experience

So you want to be a UI/UX Designer but do not know how to go about it? then this post is for you.  Before we delve into steps to becoming a UI/UX designer in 2021, let's talk about what a user interface design is, who a UI/UX designer is, and their roles in the industry. User Interface design  refers to the interface design of mobile and web applications. User Interface Designer (UI Designer)  works on the visual part of websites and mobile applications, they select the right elements like fonts, colors, text fields, icons, etc. They are also responsible for creating wireframes, mood boards, and mockups.  User Experience Designer (UX Designer)  is responsible for user satisfaction and experiences. UX designers identify and point out user problems, conducts intensive user research, creates user personas, usability testing, and prototyping to know which designs will most effectively help users meet their goals. You can also check detailed differences between a UI/UX Designer from Des

Hello 2021

“ Begin today, Declare out loud to the universe that you are willing to let go of struggle and eager to learn through joy”          - Sarah Ban Breathnach It’s a new year and once again we don't know what it has in store for us. Last year really tried our strength and patience I can’t lie, we cried, we laughed, we gained, we lost, we learned new things, skills, etc and I am glad it has come to an end.  This new year is an opportunity for us to start over and rewrite history. And speaking of starting over, what have you planned for yourself for the new year? I plan to work on my financial and career goals especially this year. I would also love to read a lot of books.  As we step into the new year, I want us to cultivate a positive mindset, I want us to milk every opportunity presented to us, I want us to never forget that we deserve better for ourselves. So what are you waiting for? write down your financial goals, write down those career goals, personal developments, plans, etc. S

Changing Careers and What I Learned From It

Earlier this year I lost my job and I tell you, it was something I never expected to hit me so early in the year. A few weeks later, and it dawned on me that I was literally unemployed, "where do I go from here" I kept asking myself, how many radio stations are ready or willing to employ a music scheduler during a pandemic for that matter? I quickly had to restrategize about what I wanted to do with my life and earn money. Since I had an intermediate skill in digital marketing, I figured it was time to go back to gaining more knowledge and pursue it as a career, two weeks in and I realize it was not something I wanted as a career... back to square one figuring out what I wanted to do with my life. At this time I had to reach out to a friend of mine who was in the tech industry, he advised me to try out UI/UX design, I didn't know anything about this field to be honest but I have always been passionate about design and never considered it as a career. After a lot of google