We recently interviewed Vedant Jamwal, to find out why he chose freelancing and more about being a Lead UI/UX Designer.
What is a Lead UI/UX Designer, and what do you do?
Being a Lead UI/UX Designer is fundamentally about understanding the abstract vision of my client and converting it into a concrete structure through my UX-based strategies. It's mostly about empathising with the end-user and understanding their end goals (I love this!). From my experience as a Lead UI/UX Designer is the one to fill the gap between “What the business thinks the user needs” and “What the user actually needs”.
How did you become a UI/UX Designer?
I switched from being a Graphic Designer to being a UI/UX Designer as it was more people-focused. Since childhood, I’ve always been fascinated by two things; people and art. From the very beginning, I started to paint, play guitar and cook international cuisines, but that doesn’t mean I was good at all that, I enjoyed it! The one thing that I really like about myself is consistency as it helps you to improve during the course of time, as most of us are not born legendary and god-gifted with skills, we have to take this path of consistency to be one of them. I still like to follow these hobbies so as to overcome creative blocks. The main reason for me being a UI/UX Designer was so that I can be more people-focused, cause I just love understanding the evolving human nature.
Delivered a great output on time. The requirement went over the initial scope and we both mutually agreed on the extra cost for the work. The good thing was, Vedant delivered all the changes first without getting into the cost details. This saved me so much time. Would definitely re-hire him for future projects.
How long have you been freelancing?
I have been freelancing for the past 7 years and have had the opportunity to collaborate with a wide variety of clients from small energetic startups, all the way up to Fortune 500s.
Why did you decide to go freelance?
The thought that I can work in my pyjamas always excited me, kidding. I always use to hear about these people who could travel the world and work from wherever they wanted, then I heard about freelancing from one of my clients back then. From that moment I decided to go freelance. I had to face some early on hard times when I only had a few quid in my account, but I had this dream that was on the line. Trust me, those 7 years of grinding paid off really well, and now I am doing exactly what I dreamt of a few years ago.
What's the best thing about choosing to be an independent professional in your field?
There are countless things that I can say that a lot of us are already familiar with but personally, this helps me organise my time more effectively. I have more time on my hands to follow my other interests and passions.
Has there been any negatives of your choice?
Inconsistency of work well, life isn’t that constant either, but that’s the beauty of freelance. However, I really don’t like when I have to turn down a client’s offer when I have a busy week.
This is my 2nd project with Vedant. He was brilliant in delivering the project on time. We had multiple revisions and each revision was delivered with the same diligence and care. I'm very happy with the final output. He also took extra effort to compare the final developed website and come up with suggestions to make it better. I can recommend him to any client looking for a great design output. We are contracting him for a 3rd project now.
What's one thing no one ever told you about freelancing you wished you'd known at the beginning?
I guess I knew what I was getting into in when I entered the freelancing world, though doing your own Tax returns and paying that first year upfront is always going to be painful!
How has YunoJuno helped you as a freelancer?
YJ is hands down one of the best professional platforms I have used so far. I like the fact how they genuinely care about their freelancers as much as they care about their clients which is the best thing about YJ. Everything feels really well thought out from a freelancer's perspective, I see your love! The best support staff are there to help you when you need them the most. I wish to continue using them in the long term.
What advice would you give to someone who wanted to become a Lead UI/UX Designer?
Empathising and understanding people’s daily lives and goals, if you enjoy that, it is the key for any successful UI/UX Designer, embrace it!
If a client was reading this, why should they hire you?
First of all, I would like to say thanks for making this far in the Blog to everyone who is reading this. Coming back to the question, my client's testimonials speak for themselves whether it be from a small energetic startup or a Fortune500, my clients have always appreciated the way I communicate and lead a solution to their problem through my strategic approach. Whether it be branding, UI/UX, or a deck design, I always have a strategy to make it more effective and easier.
If you would like to know more about how can I add value to your project, let’s have a chat and talk about some meaningful strategies that might lead to good solutions.
Vedant was brilliant. He turned around the work very quickly. The best part was all it took was one zoom call to explain what was in my mind for him to understand. Very happy with the work and will use him again soon.
Manoj Ganapathy Ex-Product Head at Salesforce
For the past 7 years, Vedant has helped clients find effective user-centered design solutions, creating both functional and visually stunning designs. He has worked across a broad spectrum of digital products for various businesses.