The very general flow of the Bloc Design curriculum is fundamentals and then moving into the intensive. The first few weeks I’ll be lightly touching on UX and design, then moving into the more intensive learning of UX, design and front end development as I build projects. I’m currently in the 72-week pace at 12-15 hours a week. My plan is to stick to this pace for the first month and see how much I can realistically commit to.
Week 1 – Design Process
The first day or so of this week was simply figuring it all out. How the roadmap works, how to submit things, how to prepare for my mentor calls, etc. This week was also a mental reset for me. Our second check point of the program was on the Design Process which was a completely new and exciting way to think of designing a product.
Design Process: Discovery, strategy, information architecture, visual design, development, launch.
I spent one night trying to read as much as I could about this “Design Process” and how design thinking can be implemented. I ordered Change by Design to read and hope to have it finished by next week. (Review to come.)
Week 1 – Discovery
Main checkpoints covered this week: User research, surveys, SWOT analysis, user stories, and personas. I administered my first survey on wearables, and currently working on recapping my findings into an analysis.
Mentorship is Where It Is At
The most rewarding piece of this week was meeting with my mentor and having that single resource reviewing and providing feedback on my work. This is a topic I plan on elaborating on in the future.
Recap: 7 check points done // 2 still need revisions