Hey Isaac, care to share a little bit about yourself?
Hi, I'm Isaac. I'm a California native and UCLA Grad who was med school bound before falling in love with User Experience Design. I enjoy jamming out on the drums, snowboarding, and playing golf on my free time. I've recently picked up film photography which I have been loving.
What made you switch career paths and get interested in your field?
I've always been curious/passionate about design and the moment I learned about user experience design, it immediately piqued my interest. I believe that user experience design is truly the perfect marriage of problem solving and creativity. I've always been fascinated by how humans interact with technology, whether it be physical or digital. It didn't take me long before I fell in love with the field and decided that it was time for me to take the leap into a new industry.
Can you tell us what you do as a Senior Product Designer at GoodRx?
My day to day consists of wireframing, prototyping, usability testing, and research. You can often catch me collaborating with product managers and developers, in addition to sketching strategies and user flows on a whiteboard.
What would you tell your younger self?
There is no better tool for early thoughts and process than the pen and paper! Remember to sketch because it will save you tons of time. Lastly, fail fast. Failure is what allows us to continue to learn and grow from our mistakes. We are always iterating and improving and failure is just a part of the process.
3 Character traits that would make someone excel in your field
The 3 character traits that would make someone excel in this field would be humility, communication skills, and public speaking.
Any advice on getting hired/noticed?
Apply, apply, apply. If you're coming straight out of school, the goal is to get your foot in the door and gain experience. Mentorship is key, and if a company is able to offer you mentorship, it is much more valuable than salary. Don't get discouraged, and with dedication, you'll be matched with the right company. Remember, don't be afraid to ask for feedback regarding your portfolio and case studies. It is really important to reach out to experienced designers so they can critique your work and help you improve the way it is shown publicly.
Any last shoutouts, thoughts, advice, or recommendations for someone who wants to learn about Product Design?
First off, I want to give a shoutout to my amazing sister Grace Park for having me on this platform. Here are a few more recommendations for people starting out.
Book: Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman
Podcast: Design Better Podcast
Tools: Figma, JIRA, Google Suite (Important reminder: It doesn't matter what tool you use, it's what you are able to create with the tool!)
Watch: Abstract: The Art of Design