Lessons Learned in 2020
Ari Michaelides
November 27, 2020
2020 has been nothing short of a transformational year for me, and I wanted to share some of the most important lessons I learned, as they’ve had a big impact in the way I see the world, others and myself. I tried keeping the lessons to areas of life that are universal and important to most humans.
How I Approached My Portfolio Like A Design Problem
Ari Michaelides
September 3, 2020
Like any design problem, I start by gaining a better understanding of the needs of those I’m designing for. In my case, my end-users are design leads and hiring managers at tech companies. So, I researched about what these users tend to look for in product design portfolios, and collated a list of questions they would typically use to [...]
Voice UX: Designing my first Alexa Skill
Ari Michaelides
June 30, 2020
I recently completed the Conversational Design course with UX Academy, and wanted to share my experience designing and building for Voice User Interfaces (VUI). I took the course to gain exposure to this fast-growing technology and better understand how it can be used to solve customers’ problems and improve relationships with them [...]
How I defined my UX career OKRs for 2020
Ari Michaelides
April 12, 2020
I have been thinking about my UX career goals since the start of the year and so just before the end of Q1, I decided to write them down so I can refer back to them and hold myself accountable. What follows is my approach to setting my professional OKRs (objectives and key results) for the year which link to an overarching mission [...]
Reflections from my first meditation retreat
Ari Michaelides
March 8, 2020
Last weekend I went on my first meditation retreat and since then many of my friends and family have asked me about my experience, what meditation really is, why and how I got into it. So I’d like to share my understanding of meditation and clarify some of the misperceptions about the practice, that I myself had before going on the retreat [...]
Our relationship with tech and how consumers and designers can improve it
Ari Michaelides
December 23, 2019
The last UX meetup I attended in 2019, involved an open and thought-provoking conversation amongst both designers and non-designers, around whether we trust tech - meaning digital products and services, and digging deeper into our relationship with it [...]
How to make a career (or any other kind of) transition
Ari Michaelides
November 28, 2019
Before you start reading, I just want to be clear with what this article is and isn’t about. It isn’t about job search tactics or networking tips to land the “dream” job. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’re in the wrong place. But if you want to better understand the thoughts and emotions you will most likely experience when dealing with the unknown [...]
My first Hackathon as a UX/UI Designer
Ari Michaelides
October 1, 2019
Last weekend, I participated in the Global Travel Hackathon, organised by Kiwi, mainly because I wanted to meet new people, practice my skills as a UX/UI Designer and of course have fun! The idea behind the hackathon was to help make travel smarter, sustainable and accessible for everyone [...]