Getting to know Ladies that UX
If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you might be familiar with our Women in UX series. This story marks a transition from Women in UX to Ladies that UX. Each month, we’ll feature a designer involved with this initiative.
Manchester-based UX designers Lizzie Dyson and Georgie Bottomley founded Ladies that UX in 2013 out of a desire to build a community of women working in the industry. “In a sector with a high proportion of men in it, Ladies that UX is all about giving women the chance to meet up to support each other, push the UX boundaries, and promote female skill and talent,” they wrote on the official website.
Each city operates differently, but generally includes a mix of meetups, speakers and talks, mixers, and more. The Boston chapter is particularly large, with 1,000 members and growing.
Why finding your UX community matters
One of the reasons communities like Ladies that UX are so important is because they bring people together from all different backgrounds. Both Olga and Lara took unconventional paths to UX, though perhaps unconventional paths are the conventional route after all.
Olga comes from a background in interior design, but originally she studied economics in her homeland, the Ukraine.
“There was not a lot of opportunity back then in Ukraine to go into creative fields, so I was kind of limited, and economics was a sure thing to guarantee me a job,” she said. “As soon as I moved to America, I knew that I could do anything. I was really passionate for interiors and creating spaces for people, and I thought that that’s something that’s going to be perfect for me.”
She worked in interior design for 12 years, her last role at the U.S. Court of Appeals, before heading to New York to attend school at the Startup Institute. Afterward, she started working in UX, learning as she went along, before pursuing a mini MBA at the University of Richmond, and eventually making her way to Boston. Despite being two very different career paths, they contain many parallels.
“The most important thing to remember is that we are designing for human beings,” Olga said. “Remembering that human scale, and the feelings people are going through, the emotions and the motivations of people, it’s something that is important for designing physical spaces, as well as digital spaces.”