UX Reality with Grace Kyalo

UX Reality with Grace Kyalo

2 days to create a portfolio project,

using the 2-week hackathon program!

8 — 9 April 2023

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The UX reality story

The UX reality story

I wanted to test the UX hackathon program before I launch it. And Grace agreed to spent 2 days in my company and create one new project in her portfolio.

I wanted to test the UX hackathon program before I launch it. And Grace agreed to spent 2 days in my company and create one new project in her portfolio.

Meet

Grace Kyalo

Meet

Grace Kyalo

UI/UX Designer from Nairobi, Kenya

Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology
from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture
and Technology

Several internships and apprenticeships
on web development and data analysis

Google Professional Design Certificate

Product Design Bootcamp

UI/UX Designer from Nairobi, Kenya

Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology
from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture
and Technology

Several internships and apprenticeships
on web development and data analysis

Google Professional Design Certificate

Product Design Bootcamp

View Grace’s portfolio

Day 1

Choosing a problem

In the beginning I provided Grace with 6 briefs and she picked up this one!


At the hackathon there will be 10+ briefs, I just couldn’t write all of them by that time.

In the beginning I provided Grace with 6 briefs and she picked up this one!


At the hackathon there will be 10+ briefs, I just couldn’t write all of them by that time.

Brief: Rent a movie on Netflix

The company wants to rent movies that are not included in subscription.

View the brief for Nexflix

Live class: Real design process

First I explained to Grace how the process structured in tech companies and explained why it’s different in bootcamps.

Straight to work

The competitor analysis

Following my process Grace did a competitor analysis to identify industry standards.

Being very visual

2 possible directions

Based on the analysis Grace sketched two possible directions.

Interactive prototype

Choosing one version and going straight to prototyping,

Usability tests brief

At the evening of the first day we discussed how the usability test is done and I shared the template I always use at work.

Day 2

Usability tests

Before our meeting in the morning Grace managed to do two interviews already.

I was the participant #3

Here comes the moment of doubts

It’s normal

My program is indeed different from what you’ve been told on bootcamps. Junior designers often taught the whole design process and this is right. But in reality the natural career evolution looks like that:

Junior designers don't need to demonstrate UX design process in portfolios. Only the part they will be going at work, according to their job grade.

I was so glad to hear that 🥰

1st iteration

After the first round of feedback Grace iterated on the prototype.

2 more user tests

This time with updated test guide and prototype!

This time with updated test guide
and prototype!

This time with updated test guide
and prototype!

Changes are slight but important!

Dribbble-UI masterclass

My favourite part of the process! Very live and very practical tips to good UI

And finally!

Final design of the feature

🥁

Watch us discussing the process live

Every detail revealed!

Watch the live stream recording

I have had the pleasure of participating in the hackathon twice, and it has been nothing short of an amazing learning adventure 💯. Ines has been a fantastic mentor throughout the entire process, always putting in the effort to meet up and share new knowledge and resources. I loved how easy it was to reach her every time I had questions, and her practical sessions were the perfect way to understand the theoretical concepts. Doing the hackathon might have been the best thing that happened to me as a designer. I've not only gained practical skills that I can apply to my work, but I've also expanded my network by connecting with like-minded individuals. The overall experience was both professional and fun, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to grow their skills and knowledge in the field of Product design. Thank you, Ines, for your support, mentorship, and for making the hackathon an experience to remember!🙌🏽

I have had the pleasure of participating in the hackathon twice, and it has been nothing short of an amazing learning adventure 💯. Ines has been a fantastic mentor throughout the entire process, always putting in the effort to meet up and share new knowledge and resources. I loved how easy it was to reach her every time I had questions, and her practical sessions were the perfect way to understand the theoretical concepts. Doing the hackathon might have been the best thing that happened to me as a designer. I've not only gained practical skills that I can apply to my work, but I've also expanded my network by connecting with like-minded individuals. The overall experience was both professional and fun, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to grow their skills and knowledge in the field of Product design. Thank you, Ines, for your support, mentorship, and for making the hackathon an experience to remember!🙌🏽

I have had the pleasure of participating in the hackathon twice, and it has been nothing short of an amazing learning adventure 💯. Ines has been a fantastic mentor throughout the entire process, always putting in the effort to meet up and share new knowledge and resources. I loved how easy it was to reach her every time I had questions, and her practical sessions were the perfect way to understand the theoretical concepts. Doing the hackathon might have been the best thing that happened to me as a designer. I've not only gained practical skills that I can apply to my work, but I've also expanded my network by connecting with like-minded individuals. The overall experience was both professional and fun, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to grow their skills and knowledge in the field of Product design. Thank you, Ines, for your support, mentorship, and for making the hackathon an experience to remember!🙌🏽

Grace Kyalo, UX hackathon and UX reality participant

Grace Kyalo, UX hackathon and UX reality participant

Grace Kyalo, UX hackathon and UX reality participant

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