As an exercise to help me craft a story about my journey to becoming a designer, I created a quick and dirty journey map to outline the road signs within my career that pointed in the direction of design. By recalling my experiences over the past couple years, I was able to more clearly define the situations that led me to want to change the world by designing experiences at a mission-driven tech company.
The process was fairly simple. I took a look at my resume and identified milestones within my career that really stood out to me (outlined in green). Once I laid out the barebones, I thought deeply about what happened in-between those milestones that played a huge role in how I got to where I am today. Whether it was a self-realization that I wanted to learn front-end, a quote from friends or family that encouraged me to move back to the Bay Area, or attending night classes to learn the Adobe Suite, I discovered that they all played a huge role in my journey as a designer.
The biggest result of this exercise was a deeper understanding of why I wanted to become a designer and contribute to a mission-driven tech company. When I first discovered data visualizations and infographics on Visually, I was enthralled by how easily the information could be articulated, while balancing a simple, clean visual. That moment made me realize that I wanted to become a designer. I still didn't really understand what design meant, but I knew that if I started doing things that designers did I would eventually get there. The moment I knew that I had to be an impactful designer, was when I came across the interactive web experience Behind The Bloodshed: The Untold Story of America's Mass Killings. To make a long story short, this web experience empowered me to shift my focus to spreading knowledge in the world and contributing towards the greater good.
The next step would be to synthesize all my learnings and craft them into one cogent story. This will be the story that gives a detailed overview of how I became the designer that I am today.