We spoke with Bellemare about the Yohomo community and how his success in UX and product design helped him build a career and passion project.
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Now that you’re more than halfway through your course, what has been your favorite aspect of the course thus far?
My favorite aspect of the course has been making and testing ideas for our projects by creating low to medium fidelity prototypes and undergoing usability testing with fellow students in class.
Can you tell us a bit about your final project?
My final project for the course is creating a website that will act as an online resource for recent graduates or those looking to switch careers to help research career paths, industries, job titles and education opportunities that can help them better understand what their options are.
How do you see yourself applying your newfound skills to your current role?
I’ve learned to look at every problem through a new lens, with the user always in mind and by using design as a resource for improving usability, rather than as an added value afterthought.
What have you found to be the most rewarding? Most challenging?
The most rewarding part of the course has been discussing my final project idea during our weekly standup meetings – it’s been great to see the number of people who relate to the problem I am trying to solve. On the other hand, the most challenging has been refining the scope of my project. It has been hard to pare down the most important aspects of my idea when there are so many things that come into play that I’d like to incorporate, but as I’ve learned, it’s better to focus on quality instead of quantity!
What are your goals for week seven and eight?
For weeks seven and eight, I hope to iron out some of the design details and create a more high fidelity prototype that I can then recruit fellow students and friends to try out for me. I’m excited to see how my project will further grow and take shape in the next few weeks.