A Day in the Life of a UX Designer

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I am a UX Designer at JotForm. My job here is to listen to and analyze our users to create better experiences for them.

It’s hard to describe a typical day at JotForm because every day is a different day with different tasks, which is what I love about it. But here’s a glimpse into the tools I use, the work I do, and a typical day in the office as a UX designer.

ecem keskin ux designer

8:00 AM: I jump out of bed with my phone alarm and get into the shower. Eat a quick breakfast and read some good stories on Medium. I like starting my day with a good design post, because it helps me wake my brain up.

9:00 AM: Come into the office and make coffee before start working.

jotform making coffee

9:15 AM: I check my emails and be sure all of them have been answered. Then I check my to do lists. We use Trello for our team assignments which help us to organize our tasks and help us manage our time more efficiently. I simply love Trello!

trello dashboard

I also use Sunrise App for planing my daily schedule, which I recommend to everyone.

Sunrise Calendar webapp

9:30 AM: A quick motivational meeting with my team. It is a quick chat. We answer some simple questions: “What did we do yesterday?” and “What are we going to do today?”.

We set up some small daily goals during these meetings.

daily meetings jotform ecem keskin

9:45 AM: I start working on small corrections and redesigns for my current project. I try to clear my to do list.

10:00 AM: I start working on my new assignments with brainstorming and sketching. On this day I spent two hours working on the new Form Builder Publish Wizard trying to come up with fresh ideas to share with my team.

ecem keskin ux designer sketches

12:00 PM: After going through a few new ideas on our Publish Wizard and listening to the latest feedback from my teammates, it’s time to eat lunch with them!

jotform lunch time ecem keskin

1:30 PM: My typical design process is planning, inspiration, research, and then visual design.

So now it’s time to dive into Photoshop to do some visual design.

ecem photoshop work

I regularly share my designs with my teammates on Slack to get their opinions. Having fresh opinions on my design is an important part of my design process.

slack chat ecem keskin

4:00 PM: Today the entire team meets to give each other an update on their development progress and to provide each other feedback.

jotform ecem keskin meeting team

5:00 PM: Now it’s time to talk about the feedback we got earlier. We ask “What did we finish today?”, “What are we going to do tomorrow?” and “Is everything going according to plan?”

ecem designer at work

5:30 PM: I get stuck on something, so I ask other designers to walk through the problem with me and help me find new ideas. It’s great to have them nearby when I need them.

gathering feedback ux design jotform

9:30 PM: I believe every designer should look other design portfolios at least 15 minutes every day for inspiration.

Looking at some of my favorite designers on Behance.net helps to reset my mind.

Also I have a Twitter List called UI/UX Design Posts where I’ve added my favorite design accounts. It helps me learn more and more every day.

ui/ux design list twitter

As I mentioned before every day is different and every day is a different challenge. But a good team makes things beautiful.

We’re all in this together and we all want to make JotForm better each and every day.

Author: Ecem Keskin

Ecem Keskin is a User Experience Designer at JotForm, a leading provider of online form creation & management software. She specializes in creating great user experiences & illustrations.