Xavier Gonzalez's Portfolio Project
During the CareerFoundry Intro to UX Design Course, you’ll build out a job-ready project for your portfolio. Here is a breakdown of graduate Xavier’s vocabulary app project, Memoria.
What inspired you to make a career change into this field?
I wanted to dive into the psychology of what makes products so successful. After some digging, I came across a podcast about product management (called This is Product Management) and in it, they had a guest named Nir Eyal who spoke about what gets users motivated and using particular products. He later went on to mention how these habit-forming products can be created to encourage users to carry out positive actions/tasks, like remembering to take medication. This really interested me and so rather than going into PM, I realised I wanted to actually work on the UX/UI elements that make these kinds of things possible.
What did you enjoy most about the CareerFoundry Intro to UX Design Course?
One of the things I enjoyed most was creating the user personas because it really encourages you to look at things from the perspective of the user. I also liked wireframing and prototyping because it’s there that you get to make all the information that you’ve collected come to life.
What did you enjoy about creating your CareerFoundry portfolio project?
I enjoyed showing the progression and iterations of the UI design. It was very cool to see how changing the icon type, text size, and even the call to action on a button affect how the user perceives it and interacts with it.
With regards to your new career and skills, what are your hopes for the future?
Looking towards the future, I am hoping to begin my career in the interactive design space. I really wish to create habit-forming products that positively affect users’ day-to-day lives.