John Rodrigues

About Me

Short Story

John Rodrigues is a product designer who started his career 7 years ago in product development. Eventually, he discovered his passion for product and user experience design, which is what he has been working in for the past 4 years. He has switched his career 3 times, going from engineer to industrial designer and finally to digital product designer. He made the switch to digital product design when he realized how these products can impact millions of people and play an important role in everyday experiences.

John completed his Master's degree in User Experience and Interaction Design from Jefferson University, where he met talented designers and mentors. This experience helped him work on interesting and challenging projects. He has since worked in the healthcare, sports, and currently fintech industries. Working for a global bank showed him how the products he designs can improve the lives of millions of people and have a significant business impact.

In addition, John has been mentoring aspiring designers to help them level up in their careers. He is proud to have been recognized as one of the top 10 impactful mentors at ADPList.

Long Story

As a child, I was always curious and eager to learn new things. I would dismantle my toys to understand how they worked and create something new out of them. My goal was to create things that would help people. For example, when I saw my grandma had difficulty moving, I built a reacher stick with materials I had around the house to solve her problem. I grew up reading "how things work" books and always had a mindset of experimentation and learning.

In the beginning of my career, I wasn't sure which path to take or who to look up to. I didn't have access to the internet at that time, but I saw that my neighbor was an engineer, so I decided to pursue mechanical engineering. While it helped me build analytical skills, it didn't really resonate with me. I continued searching and found 3D modeling and design, which sparked my creativity and allowed me to build industry skills as a freelancer. After months of practice, I started consulting and working for startups. Eventually, I discovered industrial design, which felt like home, and decided to pursue a master's degree in the US. Along the way, a coffee delivery robot prototype I worked on was featured in the New York Times, which led my friends and me to start a product development company and work with a few clients.

Meanwhile, I prepared my application for Jefferson. During my studies in industrial design, I had the opportunity to work with UX researchers, which gave me insights on what UX and interaction design was, and saw the potential of how digital products can be made accessible for millions of people. This led me to switch my major and pursue user experience design, and I have never looked back since then. I have also been creating content on YouTube, to share my learnings.

To me, design is a way of approaching problems and progressing with everything I do. I believe that design has the ability to add meaning to the products we use. Most of my design philosophy is inspired by Apple's design philosophy - how Steve Jobs cared about every detail, how a product's usability impacts its adaptation, and a good balance of form and function.

It was a long journey for me to get to where I am today. There were lots of struggles, determination, and support from friends and family that got me here today. So, that's my story, and I'm excited for what's to come...

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