During my time in Silicon Valley, I got the opportunity to work with remote teams, circuit-hack at Noisebridge, and take part in workshops at the D.School. Best memory ever: stealing a selfie with David Kelley.
"I am very grateful to have had Sophia as my mentor. She really pushed me to dive beneath the surface in my process. With her guidance, I was able to gain a much more practical understanding of how to frame the problem and make smarter design choices and trade-offs. I highly recommend Sophia to anyone who wants to learn the human-centered design approach. Thank you for your help and for being so supportive of me trying to find my design path!"
"Sophia is an amazing mentor. I feel really grateful to have her guide me through the UXA journey. Not only is she super thorough and knowledgeable, but she also continuously pushes me to think critically and creatively. She gives in-depth feedback on everything, and always challenges me to go another step further. Under her mentorship, I've fully embraced the Design Thinking process, and I've become more excited about UX/product design overall. I highly recommend Sophia as a mentor for anyone who wants to get the most out of the Designlab experience!"
"Sophia has been an amazing mentor and I am grateful for having her on my UXA journey! She is very professional, knowledgeable, and insightful. She asks aspiring questions and challenges me to think differently and be sharper with my design decisions. Whenever I am stuck with a concept or an assignment, she takes time to explain and walks through the process with me. When I feel stressed and start questioning myself, she listens and encourages me, she is a kind and caring human being. I would recommend Sophia as a mentor, she will challenge you to be a remarkable designer, and she will be there with you every step of the way!"
"Sophia is an incredibly intelligent design mentor who has extensive education and experience. She can speak to any topic in design and has deep knowledge of the entire design process. This really shows in her mentorship style, as she is always encouraging me to dig deeper and really understand the user and job to be done. She also encourages creative, unique solutions, as learning is the time to play and really try new things. Sophia can be tough, but this is all to help you design at a higher level and really succeed. I would recommend Sophia for anyone that is looking to be challenged, to dig deep, and to learn from someone who really knows their stuff."
"I have absolutely loved having Sophia as a mentor. She is so kind, open-minded and personable. I really appreciate how she has challenged and encouraged me to experiment and not be afraid of failure or judgement. After every meeting, I feel revitalized and excited to try new things. She has great advice and insight into the world of design and just in general has made my time at DesignLab very enjoyable!"
"My time having Sophia as a mentor was truly a wonderful learning experience. From day one, Sophia always offered different lenses and perspectives through which to view (and do) design. It was Sophia who taught me what "design thinking" encompasses, continuously pushing me to further develop my critical thinking skills. Each session was an enjoyable lesson. If you're reading this and have Sophia as your DesignLab mentor, then congrats! She is a gem of a designer, mentor, and human being. Thanks for everything, Sophia! ¡Gracias!"
"Sophia was truly truly a wonderful mentor to learn from. Her thorough feedback will help you consider things from so many different angles. She will share with you fundamental ways of thinking about design - ways you can apply to any project in the future. This will keep your perspective fresh and exciting in the design process. Sophia is also very down-to-earth and open-minded. She will gladly answer your questions and share her wisdom and advice from her extensive experience. The one-to-one video sessions seemed to fly by because I was listening to every word and taking notes, haha! Sophia absolutely cares about her students and wants only the best for them pursuing a design career. Thank you, Sophia!!! :o)"
"I came into the course not knowing what I would get out of it even though I did countless research on different UX design Bootcamp courses before choosing DesignLab. Like a new user on a website/app, I had one goal: to broaden my knowledge on UX/UI design and see if I can go down this journey as a designer. Like a new user, I felt a bit overwhelmed, worried, and frustrated at times in the course and during my personal journey of becoming a designer. Sophia, my mentor has made a huge impact on not only challenging me to think deeper but she also empowered me to make my own design decision. When I was totally lost, Sophia then guided me in the right direction so that I can keep my momentum going and continue without giving up. To make the best use of the four 1-hour mentor sessions, Sophia always made sure that I plan for it accordingly. Thank you so much, Sophia! It was an absolute pleasure to be taught and mentored by you."
"Working with Sophia was both challenging and extremely rewarding. Her rich experience as a designer is evident from every conversation we had and every piece of feedback I received. She consistently pushed me to think of my design in different ways by asking thoughtful questions and encouraged me to think big and bold. Not only that, but Sophia's kindness and humor made my experience at Designlab one I will remember forever. Thank you, Sophia!"
"Sophia was fabulous to work with. Her strong opinions, thoughtfulness, transparent process, a knack for asking good questions, and attention to detail left us very happy with the outcome and the process. Excellent balance of strategy and execution."
"I have had the privilege to work with Sophia and I have to admit that she is a unique creative thinker and an excellent sparring partner. She likes to work on product design by thoroughly investigating internally and externally, she is not afraid to get her hands dirty and never loses focus of the underlying customer needs and the “job to be done”. Sophia also moderated many workshops and ideation sessions that provided valuable insights and improvements both on internal- and customer-facing products."
"Working with Sophia to develop the OpenFarm design vision was a great experience. She brought fresh eyes and a unique perspective to the project, and was willing to dive in deep and run with her ideas. She worked hard to develop relationships among the team and keep everyone moving forward."