A User Experience (UX) Designer, is a tech professional who designs the overall feel of a product. Often used interchangeably with a User Interface (UI) Designer, who designs the look of a product. Arguably, both roles have many of the same responsibilities with the intent to design products with the end user in mind.
During my tech journey, there was a month or two where I seriously considered pursuing UX/UI design. With a background in architectural drafting and design, I figured it would be a nice way to continue exercising my design skills and still have the ability to transition into a new industry.
However, I learned quickly that UX and UI design are completely different. While designing floor plans still required me to keep the end user (tenant) in mind, creating a flawless digital experience demanded unique skills and considerations. Long story short, it wasn’t for me.
Eventually, my role in building work management solutions forced me into learning how to design my solutions with a user-centric mindset; ultimately redefining my approach to development.
UX Designer – Jennifer Annor
I had the pleasure of chatting with Jennifer Annor, a beautiful woman who I met on Instagram. Her profile not only provides helpful insights into what UX design is, but also provides a window into her professional journey and lifestyle. Keep reading to get in on our conversation!
Tell me a little about yourself
I’m a millenial wife and mother of three girls. I was born and raised in Ghana and moved here to the US at 16years old. I went to George Mason University and graduated with a B.S. in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry.
My plan was to go to pharmacy school afterwards, so I worked as a pharmacy tech for a few years and also took the PCAT.
What do you do for a living?
I’m a UX designer at a consulting firm.
How did you get into that role?
I taught myself! And then worked on projects, built my portfolio.
What did you do before your current role?
A few things. I worked as a pharmacy tech for years and decided to pursue my passion for design so I owned a handcrafting business.
What inspired the change?
My business suffered after Covid hit and I was ready for a career. I knew I wanted to get into tech but I didn’t know how I could leverage my passion for design. And then I found UX design and knew immediately it was what I wanted.
What advice would you give someone looking to make a similar transition?
Don’t give up! It’s not always easy but it’s certainly worth it. Make sure to market yourself well.
What’s the most challenging part of your role?
The consulting part is what presents challenges. I do have to work on multiple projects at a time and that can get hard especially if time is not managed well.
What’s the most rewarding part of your role?
Seeing the final solution in action. It’s so rewarding to see a project all the way from conception to execution and when it all comes together, it’s the best feeling ever!
Are you dating/married?
Jennifer Annor, UX Designer
I’m married. Been married for almost 9 years.
How do you manage work/life balance?
I create a routine. I try my best to not deviate from it but on the days that deviation happens, I just roll with the punches. That’s all you can do lol.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years and how do you plan for success?
In 5 years I want to be more of a creative director/project manager, probably part-time and spending the other half taking care of my family and home.