Alumni Profile: Dimitri Hadjichristou
Dimitri was a student on our ten week Product Design course during the spring of 2018 and he currently works at Pigzbe, a financial app for children.
Why did you choose to study with Experience Haus?
To up-scale, the product design landscape has changed in the last few years and it’s moving towards a digital landscape. Many courses were very expensive and a friend recommended Experience Haus and said the course was affordable.
Did you know what you wanted to achieve before you embarked on the course? What did you enjoy most about the course?
I wanted to learn the process of digital product design. At university I was very much given a project and left to my own devices. I wasn’t taught frameworks or softwares so I knew looking at the product landscape there were loads of softwares I hadn’t heard of. I essentially wanted to make my work more appealing.
What is the single most important thing you learnt?
The projects were client facing so you couldn’t just deliberate from designing, you had to time manage. It taught me how to set out the problem, define it, stick with it and deliver it. It also taught me to not be precious about things and instead experiment with things. It meant if I had an idea, I could see if it worked and if I had to go back to the drawing board I could.
Product Design (UX/UI) Part-time Course
We’ll cover the concepts, but also demonstrate the exercises and methods we use daily to push our products forward and make sure they’ll succeed and stand out. Students will enjoy a mix of lectures and workshop time, where they will get to practice these methods and then apply them to their projects.
The final project is presented in person to the client, where students deliver a presentation summarising their journey, process, and work throughout the ten-week course.
In order to encourage discussion and collaboration we limit our class sizes to 8 students.
What are you up to now?
Pigzbe, it’s a financial app for kids. The idea is parents buy a “family-friendly” token called Wollo and kids earn rewards from chores and family members. Kids can either watch it increase and decrease or when they want they can save up for things and exchange it for sterling. It’s essentially trying to install financial literacy skills in kids by learning how to save, learn and spend.
Did you talk to Pritesh [recruitment advisor at Experience Haus] about your next move? Was it helpful?
I haven’t spoken to him personally but I was at the Alumni Hackathon. He spoke to us about having a portfolio, number of projects, thinking out of the box, new technologies, disrupting sectors and how you can have great portfolio pieces. Alternative reality and Virtual reality that aren’t typically thought about in places was also covered. The main tip was to not do the standard UI/UX but reach out of the box.
How do you stay up to date?
Appraisals. The supervisor gives objectives, trends and new software information. I follow a lot of UX Design influencers especially Faizur Rehman, a freelancer in India who talks about new softwares and work flows. I always save posts on Instagram and medium. I also look for plug-ins, adobe live talks and listen to talks.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about going into your industry?
Try and find people already doing it and ask for advice. I went to a researcher for advice and I think that’s the best way to do it. Hackathons are good. Try and immerse yourself, talk to people, consume as much knowledge as possible. Going on Instagram and looking at people who are good. Reading posts, going to lectures, looking on job boards, understanding the demand and the skills set which is required in terms of designing and softwares. The main thing is finding something that can teach you.
Tell us something surprising about yourself.
Making music. I am interested in seeing how physical design applies to principles in music. My favourite genres are Psychedelic Jazz and Electronic. Making music teaches you a lot about building something and the sequencing of it. It’s really similar to designing a product as you think about the experience of the song and track.
What would be your dream job?
Accessibility design. I am interested in design towards the elderly in products. I want to see in terms of digital products if it works within that demographic.