A Glimpse into Valuable Insights: My Informal Chat with Alex

Dearly Debbie
2 min readAug 25, 2023

Hey there, lovely readers! Today, I wanted to share a little gem of wisdom I picked up during an informal chat with an experienced contributor in the open-source world, Alex.

During our chat, Alex and I delved into the realm of open-source contributions. We explored the art of contributing as a designer, the intricate dance of community collaboration, and the exciting avenues that a mid-level product designer like me could explore in this ever-evolving field.

What struck me most was Alex’s perspective on crafting a unique career path. As someone with a passion for design and a heart eager to dive into open source, I was concerned about my limited experience. Alex’s thoughtful insights resonated deeply: “Your journey starts with that first step, no matter how small. Open source is all about learning, sharing, and contributing, and every little effort adds up.”

This enlightening conversation was a game-changer for my approach to job hunting. Alex’s guidance on preparing for interviews, tweaking my portfolio, and showcasing my skills gracefully nudged me in the right direction. They emphasized the power of storytelling in my resume and portfolio, letting my journey shine through each design project.

As we spoke, I realized that the challenges I face—finding jobs that align with my aspirations and navigating the seemingly daunting ‘experience paradox—were not unique to me. Alex reminded me that every designer, no matter where they are on their journey, faces these hurdles. Their assurance that perseverance and continuous learning pave the way was like a breath of fresh air.

But this chat wasn’t just about career insights; it was about motivation and inspiration. Alex’s passion for open source and design ignited a fire within me. Their experiences of collaboration, their journey from novice to contributor, and their genuine enthusiasm for creating positive impact encouraged me to dive into open source with renewed vigor.

As I wrapped up the conversation, I felt a wave of gratitude for Alex’s generosity in sharing their wisdom. This informal chat was more than just a discussion; it was an exchange of experiences, dreams, and aspirations. It’s incredible how connecting with like-minded individuals can reshape our perspectives and invigorate our paths.

So, there you have it—a sneak peek into my conversation with Alex. In a world bustling with experiences, it’s these moments of connection and shared insights that make our journeys truly remarkable. I can’t wait to explore more, learn more, and contribute more — inspired by the wonderful souls like Alex who light the way.

Until next time,
Deborah ;)