Souvik Mondol has 3 years of experience in freelancing as a UI/UX designer and video editor. He started learning about User Interface and User experience in 2017. He started posting his works on sites like Behance and Dribbble. His excellent work got noticed and he started getting noticed. He built a very successful design portfolio in 3 years and worked with clients from different counties like the USA and Australia. He also started his youtube channel earlier this year and has a subscriber base of 12k till the point of this interview.
Further, let us hear from him.
Hello and Welcome Souvik Mondol!
So first of all Souvik, tell us how did your successful freelancing journey start?
It’s all started back in 2017 when I was looking for earning opportunities through the Internet. I was decent at video editing and started looking for freelance work for the same. Soon I realized my inclination towards design. As a video editor, I worked with a client who runs a Design Agency and wanted to build their presence on Youtube. While working for him I got to know more about UI/UX. Soon I found myself really curious about the whole design process.
I started researching more about UI/UX and watched tons of videos and read many articles. I learned UI/UX for around 8-9 months before getting my first client through Fiverr.
Do you have a specific niche as a UI/UX designer?
When I started I was doing all kinds of stuff but over the past 3 years, I have established myself as a portfolio website and e-commerce platform expert. I recommend anyone who wants to make his career in UI/UX, first choose a specific niche and build your portfolio base on that.
How did you learn UI/UX design? Did you attend any programs or courses or are you completely self-taught?
Well, I started by learning a tool called Figma through Youtube. Soon I switched to Udemy as things are more structured there and purchased a course from Vako Shvili, that changed the whole scenario for me. I learned about layouts, typography, colors, the use of photographs, and illustration. It really helped me to become a better designer. I also read few books which helped me understand the user’s perspective while using the product. Few books I highly recommend to anyone who is in this space – 1. The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman 2. Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug 3. The Elements of User Experience by Jesse James Garrett.
What message do you want to give to people who are just starting in this space?
There are quite a few things I have learned in my freelancing career. I would love to share those things.
First, be patience and consistent. Consistency and patience will be your two biggest weapons if you want to be successful in freelancing.
Second, don’t wait for perfectionism before starting freelancing. Nobody is perfect, nobody ever will be. The only to improve yourself is by working on real projects with real clients.
The last thing I want to share is you don’t necessarily have to spend lakhs of rupees to learn a new skill. Start with free or low-priced resources. Once you reach a certain point and you are very sure about the niche then only think amount investing a bigger amount if you need to.
Thank you Souvik for giving your valuable time to me. I highly appreciate the valuable time you have given to me.
Thanks, Amit, it was great talking to you, and all the best for your future.