Designer Sushi

Lori Chai & Mikah Razon

Designer Sushi podcast is about the everyday life of a UX designer through the perspectives of two career switcher UX designers that have a shared lived experience in Japan. UX Design is a hot industry and popular among people that are looking to transition from their previous careers. But it also comes with struggles especially when you’re working in a different country. This show will give an insider look at our UX career where we discuss our wins, growth, and challenges as we navigate our new career. We also talk about our experience working in Japan and how that can also be an added obstacle as a foreigner working in the UX industry. Our aim is to have authentic UX conversations and discuss our international work experience so that we can inspire those that want to pursue UX, to work abroad, or for UX Designers to relate to our journey! So have your favorite nigiri on hand and enjoy! read less
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Episodios

8: UX Designer Hot Line Part 1 ft.Teresa Fong
16-01-2024
8: UX Designer Hot Line Part 1 ft.Teresa Fong
Happy New Year! あけましておめでとうございます!今年もよろしくお願いします 🥳。We hope 2024 will be a great year for you all! We would like to apologize for the extreme delay in our new episode as our life has been getting busy lately. But we have an exciting 2 part episode to kick off the new year! Our guest on this episode is the loveable Teresa Fong! Teresa is a senior product designer at Skydea, an agency in Tokyo. As a designer, she builds apps and websites. But she most enjoys building community. She manages Creative Tokyo, a community with over 3,100 members connecting and finding friends with similar interests. With Teresa, we act as a 24/7 hotline, eagerly awaiting your inquiries about UX/UI Design, tech trends, and the Japanese work culture. Special thanks to Teresa for curating YOUR burning questions! Let's jump right in and kick off our hotline extravaganza with part 1. Some questions we got asked: For someone wanting to get into UI/UX design from zero, where would you recommend they start?What advice would you give yourself, looking back at your own journey?Could one get a job as a UI/UX Designer with only a portfolio and no design experience?Useful links: Join Creative Tokyo: https://creativetokyo.com/ Connect with Teresa Fong: https://www.linkedin.com/in/teresalafong/ Notion templates for portfolio: https://www.notion.so/templates/category/design-portfolio Connect with us: Twitter - DesignerSushi Instagram - designer.sushi
4: The gap between theory and practice in UX
27-03-2023
4: The gap between theory and practice in UX
Welcome to Season 2 of Designer Sushi! First off, we’d like to make a huge apology to our listeners for the delay in releasing the new episodes. Life got in the way for both of us and Designer Sushi had to take a back seat. But now that 20% of 2023 has gone by, we really wanted to get the ball rolling to release more episodes for you! 🚀 This episode was inspired by Mikah and Lori having discussions with friends in the industry if they felt prepared to work in UX after their education (self-study and boot camp). We both felt there was a huge learning curve we encountered as we started our first UX jobs. 😵‍💫  We hope this episode will help UX or Product Designers that are starting out in their career to get a real-life perspective on what they might encounter as they transition from being a student to working professionally in UX. Some topics we talked about: •We never followed the cookie-cutter design process that was taught in our education in our working experience •We didn’t have practical experience in a collaboration environment (working with developers and product managers) •We needed more practice with the UI and visual design skills •The similarities/differences between self-study and boot camp education in how we felt prepared for the real job   Connect with us: Instagram: @designer.sushi Twitter: @DesignerSushi   Resources: The User Experience Team of One: A Research and Design Survival Guide by Leah BuleyNon-Designer's Design Book by Robin Williams
3: Dealing with stress in the UX industry
16-08-2022
3: Dealing with stress in the UX industry
While we love our career and don’t regret the switch, we have been feeling stressed about the UX industry and want to share the stress we are dealing with to provide more transparency in our UX career. Some of the stress we talk about are: Trying to stay up-to-date with the tech industry trendsMaintaining our UX portfolio while still working full-timeThe pressure to take on side projects or side hustles for career advancementsThe increased competition in standing out and building our personal brand Mikah also shares a wonderful book for creatives called “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert and we discuss how fear sometimes gets in the way of our creative endeavors. She highly recommends this book for all creative professionals. We have also come to the end of Season 1 of Designer Sushi and we are so happy to hear the positive feedback so far. Stay tuned for Season 2 as we’re gearing up for it! 🚀   Connect with us 📱: Instagram: designer.sushi Twitter: DesignerSushi Email: designersushipodcast@gmail.com   Appendix We understand our listeners aren’t living in Japan and to help understand our content, we are creating a dictionary based on the content we discuss for each episode. Tatemae - The term relates to “honne” as it means displaying one’s true feelings and the behavior and opinions a person displays in public. It’s a practice in Japanese society to avoid conflict and an act of respect. Kohai- Means “junior” and represents the interpersonal hierarchical relationships in companies or schools.
2: Our experience with Japanese work culture
07-07-2022
2: Our experience with Japanese work culture
Japanese work culture is a world wonder mainly when you live outside the country. Well, we are here to spill the tea on this topic in both our previous careers and as UX Designers! We share our experience of how we dealt with Japan’s work culture as foreigners while working in both Japanese and international companies. This was a fun topic as we identified the common stereotypes our listeners would typically read about in media and we also compare Japan’s work culture with our home country, Canada, and the Philippines. So do we recommend working in Japan as a UX Designer? The only way to find out is to tune in and listen to this episode! Connect with us: Instagram: designer.sushi Twitter: DesignerSushi Email: designersushipodcast@gmail.com   Appendix We understand our listeners aren’t living in Japan and to help understand our content, we are creating a dictionary based on the content we discuss for each episode. Senpai- A term used to say to someone that’s your mentor, or a colleague that’s been in the company or school longer than you. Hanami- An event to view the cherry blossoms at full bloom by drinking or having a picnic under these trees. Dispatch company - A company that hires dispatchers (employees) and sends them to work for a company that is in need of more workers. The dispatcher will be paid and sign a contract with the dispatch company. Hanko - A stamp that is used as your signature to “sign” official documents such as bank accounts, immigration papers, etc. Sometimes, a hanko is needed in some institutions due to traditions or cultural reasons. Suica card - a fare card that’s used for train lines in Japan. It’s a common fare card for those living in Tokyo and surrounding areas. Keigo- The Japanese language that is the speech to show respect. It’s common to speak this speech in business and work situations where you talk with higher-ups, seniors, or even customers.
1: Career switching into UX
24-06-2022
1: Career switching into UX
To kick off our first episode, we discuss our journey in career switching into UX while working in Japan. Mikah talks about how being a software engineer and coding for car audio wasn’t fulfilling for her, and Lori shares that the travel industry wasn’t as glamorous for her. We both had the same desire to be creative and work in the tech industry. We also chat about: Trying to research UX as our next career move and how to transition into it (both online and in Japan)Our UX education experience - Mikah self-studied, and Lori took a full-time boot campIf we felt ready to apply for jobs after our educationJob hunting challenges in Japan and Canada for our first UX jobBeing a foreigner in Japan and the Japanese language fluency being an obstacleSharing our tips and advice for those looking to transition into UXConnect with us: Instagram: designer.sushi Twitter: DesignerSushi Email: designersushipodcast@gmail.com   Appendix We understand our listeners aren’t living in Japan and to help understand our content, we are creating a dictionary based on the content we discuss for each episode. Saizeriya- A Japanese fast-food chain restaurant focused on Italian cuisine Mercari and Rakuten- Top Japanese e-commerce companies (similar to Amazon) N2- Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) for non-native Japanese speakers and ranks Japanese proficiency from N5 (the lowest level) to N1 (the highest level) Omotenashi - Philosophy of Japanese hospitality that represents thoughtful acts and is rooted in Japanese culture