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“My motivator is working with designers that give a shit and take the time to think about the detail” – User Experience design by Erika Pelser

Updated on 13 October 2015

Erika Pelser is a South African UX designer who, after studying for a degree in marketing, ended up working from home and specialising in User Experience Design.

 
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I’ve worked for a range of clients throughout my career, mostly contracting. Ranging from advertising agencies, financial institutions, big tech companies and startups. I’m not picky, as long as it’s a challenge and I feel there is opportunity to innovate, I’m up for it.

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I did a marketing degree, and got my first gig working as a Multi Media Assistant creating CDROMS (remember those?). It naturally progressed to creating brands and websites. I would be on the web for hours, doing tutorials and generally figuring out how to create digital content. I’ve had no formal training, just a real interest, and a whole lot of googling! Then with the Dotcom bubble in full swing, it was relatively easy to find work, get experience and climb the ranks! I admit, the timing was impeccable, I got really lucky.

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I admire and get inspired by the big names, but my real motivators are often the designers I work alongside. Those designers that give a shit and take the time to think about the detail that’s invisible to the user, which is intrinsically the building blocks for a better product. When I am learning, thats when Im inspired. If youre the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.

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Im based in South Africa, on the east coast, and work remotely, most of my clients are based in the US or UK. i have a workspace setup at home, but in the process of building a Studio by the beach. Surf anyone?

I work alone physically, but have a whole team online spread across the world! I’m an early bird, and normally start my day with some exercise. This is where I do most of my planning and visualising of possible design solutions. When I get back to the office my mental to do list is ready and I get stuck in.

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I think what I enjoy the most is that I get to design cool things all day, that’s pretty sweet! I also love the flexibility of planning and managing my own time. I’m a career girl, but also very much a family girl and my babies are important to me. This allows me to walk that tightrope and get the right balance.

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I’m at a cross-road at the moment, to start my own agency or join another startup or big tech company. It’s certainly interesting times to be a designer. There is so much opportunity, the choice is overwhelming!

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As a hobby I do sketchnoting for a US based company, here I get to record myself drawing live, creating visual stories as one is listening to audio. I love this – it is the perfect platform for practicing core design skills: Listen, Process and Sketch!

See more of Erika’s work on her Dribbble page.

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