My learnings from no-job to Google UX

It was 2011 when I started in UX. Overtime, I rebuilt my UX view with countless “aha” moments, through the prism of my work on mobile, space and enterprise UX.

Where did I go and what did I learn?

Disclaimer: 10 is just a number. I’m very much just a learner. I hope by revealing these “behind-the-scenes”, it makes you feel “she did it, so can I” !

Stage 1: UI or UX, it’s a question (2011–2013)

I got my first full-time job in 2011 as the youngest designer in Motorola design center. I self-taught AdobeSuite and had an itch to explore designing in the real world.


One nice surprise that smashed me in the face was my portfolio got featured by Bestfolios.com, as one of the “Top Trending 2019”!

Flattered and honored, I thought I could share my learnings back to the UX community, after years of visiting UX portfolios like amusement parks and DIYed a couple!

Let’s jump right into it.

1. Be consistent

What do we love about a great portfolio?

Alongside many highlights a portfolio may shed, the consistency —the conformity in the application of every design choice always fascinates me.

It’s like watching a full pack of personalities unfolds: some are bold and persuasive, some…


As a design enthusiast, I’ve always dreamed about designing my “Yes I do” scene. Finally, I got my chance! (confetti) Though the twist is:

With multiple realities combined—I’m going to design an 800-people-wedding, remotely.

Almost flee, I nervously prepped for 5 months, with another designer’s help (who happened to be the groom, luckily):

We pulled it off!

Leecy Li

Interaction Designer @Google. Work: leecy.li

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