Spotlight Alumni: UX/UI Design

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Gemma Haylett

Before Bloc: Aerospace Engineer, Space Systems Loral

After Bloc: Frontend Developer, Sephora

Why did she enroll in Bloc? With a degree in Computer Science, Gemma decided to quit her job as an aerospace engineer to pursue her passion. This was sparked after her husband landed the job of his dreams , considering Gemma also wanted a job that she loved.

Read more about Gemma’s story and her Bloc experience on our Alumni Page.

Gemma’s Capstone:  Jott.ly. A web application focused on allowing users to sign up and create an account, make simple content pages, and provide a way to collaborate with others within their organization

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bloc_picMichael Horton

Before Bloc: Freelance video producer

After Bloc: Entrepreneur

Why did he enroll in Bloc? Initially, Michael helped out a few friends with developing an app, and discovered that he liked the process. Michael realized that in order to learn more and pursue graphic designing, he would need more experience and confidence in the field.

Michael’s Capstone: Midnight Express: An Uber-for-busses startup that offers late-night bus service from San Francisco to Silicon Valley

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Read more about Michael’s successful project, Midnight Express, on our blog!

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Jeya Karthika

Before Bloc: SharePoint System Engineer, Dimension Data

After Bloc: UX/UI Designer, BitPool

Why did she enroll in Bloc? Jeya wants to dive deeper into user experience, and be able to apply user experience skills for when she prototypes ideas or creates websites.

Jeya’s Capstone: Jott.ly. A web application focused on allowing users to sign up and create an account, make simple content pages, and provide a way to collaborate with others within their organization

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Jeya’s Personal Portfolio:

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Jeya’s Dribbble:

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Jeya’s Medium post on her Bloc and Thinkful Experience:

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 Valeria Montrucchio

Before Bloc: UX Design Consultant, Program Coordinator for Product Design, Web and Graphic Lecturer at Dublin Institute of Design.

After Bloc: Interviewing

Why did she enroll in Bloc? Valeria came to Bloc with the goal to get a more in-depth sense of UX – she believes that everything starts with the users and wants to be a part of the building process.

Invision: An app for online Design courses

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Paycrave (Tablet):

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Paycrave (Mobile)

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UXplore: An app that inspires UX designers, and helps them organize the initial phases of a new project

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Nina Rumbines

Before Bloc: Marketing and Graphic Design, Webpass

After Bloc: Interaction Designer, Tata Communications

Why did she enroll in Bloc? She had tried Treehouse, Codeacademy, and Thinkful, but chose Bloc due to 3 things:

  1. Convenience-She had a job and needed the flexibility

  2. Affordability– Bloc offered a more affordable program compared to others

  3. Curriculum– The structure of the coursework and having a mentor

Read more about Nina’s story and Bloc experience on our Alumni Page.

Nina’s Portfolio: She focuses on branding, print, and web design. The link to her portfolio and different things she does is right here.

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