Kelsey Janda

UI / UX Designer

Location

Lincoln, NE

Average Work Week

60

Kelsey Janda comes from a graphic design background so far as her education is concerned. But as the Design Director at the Nebraska-based sports technology firm Hudl, the phrase “design” becomes an umbrella for a number of important areas.

While managing teams of designers for the company, Janda identifies primarily as a problem solver when it comes to her professional qualities. Design, she says, essentially is solving problems for a client or larger organization. She gathers the voices, ideas, and knowledge of client services necessary to marry the company’s goals with branding and functionality that’s appealing for the coaches and athletes who use Hudl’s services.

Janda has held five different jobs in four years at Hudl, moving up the chain each time, but get started early, she says. If there’s a club at your high school that need a t-shirt design, jump on it.

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My Advice

If you want to try designing, then you just have to start. Go to google and search “Tutorials for (fill in the blank) design project”. Fill in the blank with “graphic” or “UI/UX” or “visual”. And then watch the tutorial. If you don’t have the products needed to complete the tutorial, talk with your school or use a free tool like Google Draw.

You don’t need to take art classes to be a graphic design or UI/UX designer or product designer. Art classes gave me a great foundation of form and color. But I think my journalism classes taught me much more about design.

Learn by making: read as many books as you, watch and do as many tutorials, try out every design software you can get your hands on and make as much as you can.

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