Anna

From Culture & Heritage to the Tech industry with the help of Love Circular. After completing the first cohort of Love Circular, I now use the community as a soundboard for ideas, job hunting tips and interview support. Product Design has allowed me to mix all of my soft skills, interests and experience into a job I love designing in music and nightlife.

Product Designer

London, UK 🇬🇧

Fun fact: I’ve been on TV for my embroidery art 🧶

What's your career story so far?

I started out working and volunteering in Museums; cleaning artefacts, teaching children about butterflies and bees. During lockdown no one was able to visit museums and I heard about Love Circular so I decided to enrol on the course. I also started illustration at the same time. I became a freelance UX Designer a few months after completing the course then my first role as a UX Designer and now my second role as a mid-weight Product Designer.

You've had more than one job as a designer since completing Love Circular, how did you transition from your first to your second role?

Love Circular gave me the skills as a UX Designer and my first design job gave me skills on the tech industry. I was constantly learning improving my soft skills and design skills. I knew I could handle more responsibility in the workplace and become a leader. Job hunting for my 2nd role, I was more particular with the exact role and type of company I wanted to work for. I was also able to use Love Circular again for interview advice and tips since I hadn’t interviewed since my first role, so the transition was very smooth and exciting.

What's your proudest achievement as a designer?

My proudest achievement would be getting the current role I have now and all of the changes I have made. The excitement of your designs going live never gets old for me and it’s amazing to see how many people love your work.

What's a typical day in your life?

I’m grateful that my workday starts at 10am, so I am able to do some life admin before that- answering freelance emails, drawing, cleaning or having a slow and peaceful morning to get me ready for the day. I work in the office two days a week so when I am there I enjoy speaking to colleagues outside of the tech team; people in editorial, marketing, creative, brand partnerships etc. I have learnt so much from these conversations and it really helps me understand the company more and what I am designing. After work, you will usually find me at a work event. I’m a party girl at heart and love working for a music and nightlife company.

How's your desk setup looking?

I would like to have an aesthetic desk set up one day, but I currently don’t and find it hard to maintain. I have my laptop, monitor and iPad screen covered in post-it notes. Sometimes the Nintendo switch screen might also make an appearance on the desk of clutter.

How do you stay inspired?

Socialising, travelling and art. Hearing people’s story from different industries and backgrounds has been extremely enlightening for me and keeps me inspired to try new things. Travelling for sure- there’s so much more than London! And finally my biggest love- art, that could be music, painting, dance, acting, sewing, etc. Other people’s art inspires me so much to dream and think outside of the box.

What advice would you give yourself if you were to start over again?

Be brave, take risks and believe in yourself.

What's your favourite album/playlist at the moment?

J.I.D’s ‘The Forever Story’, no one delivers a story like him

Anna

From Culture & Heritage to the Tech industry with the help of Love Circular. After completing the first cohort of Love Circular, I now use the community as a soundboard for ideas, job hunting tips and interview support. Product Design has allowed me to mix all of my soft skills, interests and experience into a job I love designing in music and nightlife.

Product Designer

London, UK 🇬🇧

Fun fact: I’ve been on TV for my embroidery art 🧶

What's your career story so far?

I started out working and volunteering in Museums; cleaning artefacts, teaching children about butterflies and bees. During lockdown no one was able to visit museums and I heard about Love Circular so I decided to enrol on the course. I also started illustration at the same time. I became a freelance UX Designer a few months after completing the course then my first role as a UX Designer and now my second role as a mid-weight Product Designer.

You've had more than one job as a designer since completing Love Circular, how did you transition from your first to your second role?

Love Circular gave me the skills as a UX Designer and my first design job gave me skills on the tech industry. I was constantly learning improving my soft skills and design skills. I knew I could handle more responsibility in the workplace and become a leader. Job hunting for my 2nd role, I was more particular with the exact role and type of company I wanted to work for. I was also able to use Love Circular again for interview advice and tips since I hadn’t interviewed since my first role, so the transition was very smooth and exciting.

What's your proudest achievement as a designer?

My proudest achievement would be getting the current role I have now and all of the changes I have made. The excitement of your designs going live never gets old for me and it’s amazing to see how many people love your work.

What's a typical day in your life?

I’m grateful that my workday starts at 10am, so I am able to do some life admin before that- answering freelance emails, drawing, cleaning or having a slow and peaceful morning to get me ready for the day. I work in the office two days a week so when I am there I enjoy speaking to colleagues outside of the tech team; people in editorial, marketing, creative, brand partnerships etc. I have learnt so much from these conversations and it really helps me understand the company more and what I am designing. After work, you will usually find me at a work event. I’m a party girl at heart and love working for a music and nightlife company.

How's your desk setup looking?

I would like to have an aesthetic desk set up one day, but I currently don’t and find it hard to maintain. I have my laptop, monitor and iPad screen covered in post-it notes. Sometimes the Nintendo switch screen might also make an appearance on the desk of clutter.

How do you stay inspired?

Socialising, travelling and art. Hearing people’s story from different industries and backgrounds has been extremely enlightening for me and keeps me inspired to try new things. Travelling for sure- there’s so much more than London! And finally my biggest love- art, that could be music, painting, dance, acting, sewing, etc. Other people’s art inspires me so much to dream and think outside of the box.

What advice would you give yourself if you were to start over again?

Be brave, take risks and believe in yourself.

What's your favourite album/playlist at the moment?

J.I.D’s ‘The Forever Story’, no one delivers a story like him

Anna

From Culture & Heritage to the Tech industry with the help of Love Circular. After completing the first cohort of Love Circular, I now use the community as a soundboard for ideas, job hunting tips and interview support. Product Design has allowed me to mix all of my soft skills, interests and experience into a job I love designing in music and nightlife.

Product Designer

London, UK 🇬🇧

Fun fact: I’ve been on TV for my embroidery art 🧶

What's your career story so far?

I started out working and volunteering in Museums; cleaning artefacts, teaching children about butterflies and bees. During lockdown no one was able to visit museums and I heard about Love Circular so I decided to enrol on the course. I also started illustration at the same time. I became a freelance UX Designer a few months after completing the course then my first role as a UX Designer and now my second role as a mid-weight Product Designer.

You've had more than one job as a designer since completing Love Circular, how did you transition from your first to your second role?

Love Circular gave me the skills as a UX Designer and my first design job gave me skills on the tech industry. I was constantly learning improving my soft skills and design skills. I knew I could handle more responsibility in the workplace and become a leader. Job hunting for my 2nd role, I was more particular with the exact role and type of company I wanted to work for. I was also able to use Love Circular again for interview advice and tips since I hadn’t interviewed since my first role, so the transition was very smooth and exciting.

What's your proudest achievement as a designer?

My proudest achievement would be getting the current role I have now and all of the changes I have made. The excitement of your designs going live never gets old for me and it’s amazing to see how many people love your work.

What's a typical day in your life?

I’m grateful that my workday starts at 10am, so I am able to do some life admin before that- answering freelance emails, drawing, cleaning or having a slow and peaceful morning to get me ready for the day. I work in the office two days a week so when I am there I enjoy speaking to colleagues outside of the tech team; people in editorial, marketing, creative, brand partnerships etc. I have learnt so much from these conversations and it really helps me understand the company more and what I am designing. After work, you will usually find me at a work event. I’m a party girl at heart and love working for a music and nightlife company.

How's your desk setup looking?

I would like to have an aesthetic desk set up one day, but I currently don’t and find it hard to maintain. I have my laptop, monitor and iPad screen covered in post-it notes. Sometimes the Nintendo switch screen might also make an appearance on the desk of clutter.

How do you stay inspired?

Socialising, travelling and art. Hearing people’s story from different industries and backgrounds has been extremely enlightening for me and keeps me inspired to try new things. Travelling for sure- there’s so much more than London! And finally my biggest love- art, that could be music, painting, dance, acting, sewing, etc. Other people’s art inspires me so much to dream and think outside of the box.

What advice would you give yourself if you were to start over again?

Be brave, take risks and believe in yourself.

What's your favourite album/playlist at the moment?

J.I.D’s ‘The Forever Story’, no one delivers a story like him

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