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Mauro Pellegrini

Life before
Between 2004 and 2013 I worked as a structural engineer in Milan, Dublin, Dubai and Singapore.

A career change and traveling
At the end of 2013 I decided to pursue my interest in user experience and quit my job as structural engineer. During 2014 I completed two courses at the Harvard Extension School about Computer Science and User Experience. Being that the courses were online, I decided to live in places I hadn’t been before like San Francisco, Chicago, New York, La Paz and Buenos Aires.

About UX: what I learned and believe in
Professor Platt’s mantras at the user experience engineering course were “know your user because the user is not you”, “data is your sword and shield” and “iterate”. These are words I work by. Also Steve Krug, who gave us a remarkable lecture on usability testing and prioritizing, had a big influence with his common sense/”don’t make me think” approach on web usability. Now, for every design choice, I need to find a solid answer to the question: in which way does this help users accomplish their goals?

I work as a freelance UI/UX designer.

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