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Hello, my name is Olha Bahaieva. I’m a Senior UX/UI designer, a content creator, and a public speaker. I build beautiful and user-centered products for modern businesses for over 7 years.

This article gives you a better sense of who I am and what I can do for you.

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You need to have a choice

woman is looking at her macbook
woman is looking at her macbook

Productivity is a crucial element for your work. You want to do more tasks and not sacrifice quality. You’ve heard that productivity apps are great and want to use them? You tried to improve your productivity and failed?

While productivity apps are great, they can affect your creativity level. You can start to postpone your tasks.

“You tell yourself that you deserve to relieve a little stress and put the project off until later. Sound familiar? We’ve all experienced it. It’s known as the enemy of productivity, and it’s called procrastination.”

Caroline Castrillon in Forbes

Many designers work too…


You can start without prior knowledge but need a strategy.

notebook and formasters
notebook and formasters

Are you a designer and want to create a side hustle? There are so many opportunities for designers that you can get lost. Maybe it’s time to start a Facebook group or boost your Instagram?

Have you dreamed of becoming a writer? Writing can be your side hustle that directly involves a designer’s creativity.

“Writing isn’t just a hobby or a job for you, it is your passion.” — Phil Hurst

So it’s a good hobby that still involves your talent, and you don’t need to learn anything too technical. …


Earth vs. air

flying drone in the sky
flying drone in the sky

You probably love to read ideas about the future. It’s very intriguing, and you expect so many things to happen soon.

Transportation is one of the significant changes in the future. We used to drive our cars, but what if I tell you that you’ll adapt to the air soon?

While Tesla is not your flying dream yet, companies like Xpeng, General Motors, Toyota have already started to create the first octocopters — flying machines of the future.

The new way of transportation brings reality to you. I suggest you used to fly only in airplanes by now. …


Calculations are everything.

a young girl holds books with a math background behind her
a young girl holds books with a math background behind her

One of the most important skills for you is the ability to visualize things on a page and make them work. This skill can be gained starting from playing with your blocks to learning how to build complex equations. And after you translate them from your head onto paper or screen.

However, one question we need to ask is: do designers need math? If you’re starting your design journey, is creativity only enough?

“All designers, employ cornerstone principles of math every time they use a paintbrush, a pencil, or a touch pad. In fact, some of the most fundamental techniques…


The programming world is waiting for you

Female in glasses with programming background
Female in glasses with programming background

Ever since the dawn of time, a UX Designer has been responsible for the whole product lifecycle.

In recent years, more and more designers have become involved with frontend development. There is a new term called frontend designer, who knows both — design and coding.

“When building a website, the UX/UI designer determines what the team should build and what the website should do; the developers make the website work and make it functional.”

— Lauren Stewart in Course Report

The interest in programming is high today. Some designers even switched careers and became frontend developers.

Are you interested in…


Things come unexpectedly.

black couple and hugs
black couple and hugs

I spent a considerable chunk of my twenties single and, to be honest, I never felt this empty.

To the outside world, I was having fun with my friends and enjoying life. But inside, I was slowly struggling with loneliness.

No matter how much time I spent to myself working on my hobbies, it never got better. It was like the more happy moments you have in life, the more lonesome moments you need to balance them out.

For me, that became evident when it came time for me to start dating. …


Workshops are great for your personal growth

woman listens to a workshop and makes notes
woman listens to a workshop and makes notes

Designing a website or application that is intuitive to use is one of the most difficult tasks that you can do.

There is no one way to become a UX designer. Learning what makes an interface easy to navigate shouldn’t be limited to only those with college degrees in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).

Workshops are a research method for your e-education throw video content. Learning knowledge via video format has a positive effect on long-term memory.

“When selected carefully, workshops can be an essential way to acquire knowledge, wisdom and advice in your evolution as an adult.“

Drew Aversa in…


How your life experience and habits can affect your future

woman with fingers in front of her face
woman with fingers in front of her face

Do you often make promises to yourself that never seem to get fulfilled? Don’t worry. We’ve all been there. But it’s time to break those bad habits and build new, better ones.

“Successful people don’t just drift off to the top. Getting there requires focused action, personal discipline and lots of energy every day to make things happen.” — American author and entrepreneur Jack Canfield

By realizing that there are habits to improve your life today, you can remove your worries in your future. These habits aren’t complicated or difficult, but they can greatly impact your present quality of life…


You can become a data scientist even with no previous knowledge. Here’s how

woman is looking back
woman is looking back

The jobs of the future are getting more interesting day by day. One of the hottest fields right now is data science.

If you want to break into data science, you need to have some statistics knowledge, programming languages such as Python or R, and database background.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected computer and information research scientist jobs will grow by 15% from 2020–2029. This growth is above average level, which means data science is a trending profession.

“Data science is one of the hottest roles in technology today.” — Ron Schmelzer in Forbes

Data scientists are…

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