As the year draws to a close I wanted to take some time to share some of my reflections as a career transitioner and Bootcamp graduate. Was it worth it? What’s next? I wanted to close this year by reflecting on my journey during perhaps one of the most hectic years of my life.

UX Career

I left my previous role — a safe, decent-paying project management job — in pursuit of a career in design and UX. A lot was uncertain but the prospect of being able to join this fast-growing industry was enamoring. With no out-of-pocket costs, I decided to…


My undergrad degree was in Economics — it took me a while to fully understand the importance of the field but I nonetheless became enamored by the field. I was fascinated by macroeconomics, supply & demand, and understanding human decision making as a whole. There were tons of assumptions made and we had to test those assumptions through leveraging statistics. STAT and R were common programs we use to measure correlation, statistical significance, and more! The more I progress in my design career, the more that I realize how much having an Econ background empowers me as a designer. Visuals…


I wanted to take a break this week to reflect on my design journey and was inspired to write a letter to my future self. Hopefully, I landed my first full-time design role by now and thriving in my career as a Product Designer! At the moment, my future is uncertain — I don’t know when I’ll land a role but I hope to manifest my ultimate goal through this article.

Heyo! So congrats! You did it — you are now well into your career as a product manager and thriving. You’re getting fantastic opportunities to work on some amazing…


Bark! Our IoT smart dog collar!

This past weekend I participated in the UXResult hackathon and spent several hours building a new product from the ground up. The hackathon brought in participates from across the globe, 30+ teams, and challenge sponsors from varying industries. As avid dog lovers, our team developed a strong attachment to Leverage’s (an IoT device company) challenge which asked participants to design an app for a smart collar device. We all loved the idea and immediately began wireframing and researching potential solutions.

Since I have not worked on a team in a while, this hackathon was a great time to reconnect and…


S&P Returns 2020 (Source: NYTimes)

Upon first glance — one would naturally question the connection between finance and design. However, I would argue that they are more interconnected than one would initially assume. Since COVID I’ve had a lot of time and decided to use some of that time to learn more about stocks, investing, and really auditing my own personal finance as a whole.

Firstly, the stock market is all about trends and being able to predict the success (or decline) of a particular company. Whether you analyze a company on a technical basis or a fundamental basis, trends and predictive patterns are essential…


Learning and improving must never stop — no matter if you graduated college, completed a Bootcamp, or any other program. Design is constantly changing and evolving with each new generation of tech innovation. Styles and common practices are constantly being challenged and reinvented. Over the course of the past several months, I’ve used a variety of tools and resources to improve my skills in design as well as code! I’ve compiled a list of the ones that I’ve found most helpful. A more extensive list of tools can be found here: https://www.designresourc.es/. …


Recently launched Fleets by Twitter

Twitter yesterday just launched fleets — a similar version of stories that lets users share short/long-form video as well as tweets which disappear after a certain period of time. In terms of why this product feature was launched, Senior Design Director Joshua Harris and PM Sam Haveson noted that it was to enable people to be more willing to share their thoughts and tweets since they disappear after a day. That makes sense, the idea of taking away likes and retweets has been such a hot topic discussion recently with Instagram also experimenting with removing away likes on posts.

However…


The portfolio — perhaps the MOST important document that hiring managers look at during the interview process. There is so much information out on best practices, examples, and tips for curating a world-class portfolio. My Bootcamp experience lacked enough focus on the portfolio — I didn’t know what constituted a good portfolio and how to distinguish myself among a sea of thousands of other Bootcamp grads. It was through this that I decided on Squarespace with the thinking that it was the quickest and easiest way to publish an MVP UX/Product design portfolio.

Through participating in portfolio review sessions with…


These past few weeks the topics of my posts shared a common theme — reflecting on my job search as a graduate of Flatiron’s former design program. I took a step back this week to evaluate how I can approach my design journey as I go into 2021. 2020 has been a whirlwind and economic slowdowns have impacted who and how companies hire forcing me to reevaluate my job search and my goals as a whole.

Preface: No you do not need a degree to be a designer!

Experience outweighs any level of education — as design practitioners, we learn best through practice and experience. There are hundreds of designers out there…


The theme of my past few posts recently have all been about the design industry and the struggles of a Bootcamp grad (that’s me!) navigating through the job search process. The reason being is that I’m in the thick of it, interviews, design challenges, take-home assignments, and more. It’s been difficult to think of anything other than my frustrations and pain-points with the current hiring and talent sourcing process.

How might we…is usually the first question I ask myself when presented with a new challenge. How might we improve communication for remote teams? How might we streamline the travel industry…

Sicheng Weng

Product Designer. NYC based.

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