However as I got older I found that I could travel to the future in different ways, studying graphic design being one of them. I earned my degree at the University of Buenos Aires and started working as a graphic designer with agencies, mainly doing print work. Then my cousin, who works in IT as a developer, told me I should check out web design because it might interest me. So, I studied web design, CSS and HTML and eventually got into UX. I got my first UX designer job and came to Kin + Carta, now almost eight years ago.
I was the first designer hired in Argentina, and at the beginning I will be honest in that it felt a little lonely. At the same time, though, I think it was good for me because I was constantly surrounded and learning from all of the developers and scrum masters. That helped me understand how to collaborate cross-functionally and better understand what my team members would expect from me. Alongside my day-to-day role, I also had the opportunity to get scrappy. As the only designer for our small local team, I used my design knowledge to select colors of the wall in the office and the kitchen cabinets. My creative brain and skills related to design helped make sure everything was aesthetically-pleasing, aligned to the culture we were building and, most importantly, welcoming.
Now with 22 designers on the team in Latin America, it’s incredible to look back upon these early days and reflect on how much we’ve grown. This represents all of the hard work we've done in Latin America. And, it’s such a benefit that our team has scaled from me being the only one to where we are now, as I’ve been through everything that my teammates are going through — I can help guide them. I remain focused on never forgetting what the feeling of being ‘new’ was like.