Instructor Profile: Dimitri Hadjichristou
Dimitri has been teaching the Online User Experience & Interface Design course at Experience Haus since 2019, and has been working in Digital Product Designer roles at companies such as gohenry.
Tell us a little about yourself and your current work outside of Experience Haus?
I’m a Digital Product Designer at gohenry, a financial app service where children have a prepaid debit card that parents can transfer into in exchange for chores and allowances. I personally lead design in our network stack, where we focus on features and products that allow the child’s wider family network to send them money, increasing money channels, but also introducing lots of growth opportunities!
I’ve been there for just over a year and a half and it’s been so much fun getting our product features into the hands of hundreds of thousands of customers and seeing how they use our product.
Did you have a specific goal you wanted to achieve before you started teaching at Experience Haus? Do you think your time here so far has kept you on the right track?
I think I’ve always liked teaching and sharing knowledge. It started in school where a lot of my classmates would ask for my help with maths! I always got a bit of a kick out of helping people, which spurred me on to be a product designer as well as a course instructor.
If just one of my students per class is engaged and manages to land a new role or promotion, then I’ve done a good job. So far, a good few of my students have landed new roles or done entire career pivots, and that’s thanks to the hard work they put in both on and post-course.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy focuses on learning through doing, always having a two-way dialogue rather than just telling the students what to do, and making sure things are current; creating contemporary case studies, rather than teaching outdated content.
What do you enjoy most about teaching at Experience Haus?
My favourite thing about teaching is it always keeps me on my toes! I’m constantly looking for new ways to teach things, and make them more understandable, which not only dictates how I teach my classes but also helps me improve and adjust my design processes at work.
Additionally, during the process of moving from teaching in-person to online, I really had to step back to re-evaluate how I run workshops and making that format both engaging and appropriate for an online environment. It’s super rewarding when students get it at the end of a class, and so far I’ve seen some amazing engagement from our students which you can tell from the quality of their work.
How would you describe your dream classroom?
My dream classroom is one with students that are engaged from start to finish where they live and breathe product design.
They want to talk about the latest cool app they’ve come across or some really cool UX they’ve experience, and they’re constantly pushing themselves to improve in their own time. It doesn’t matter if you have a design background or not, having a passion and lots of enthusiasm is the small spark you need to start the fire!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Great question, I’m not 100% sure, but I’d love to be leading a small team of designers working on a product/service I have a personal love for. I have a huge love for basketball and would love to take a similar approach to leadership with a design team, as Phil Jackson did in the NBA with the Bulls and the Lakers. If you haven’t read his book ‘Eleven Rings’, definitely do; especially if you’re interested in teams and leadership!
I’d love to work on products like Cleanshot, Figma, Maze etc. I think those companies are doing some really cool, groundbreaking stuff and I’d love to be part of that journey.
How do you keep up to date with your industry and the courses you teach?
I constantly read books and articles, look at other courses, do courses myself and learn new approaches to my craft from the workplace.
I always make sure that I’m trying to weave my new learnings in the class to make sure they’re up to date with the constant changes in the industry.
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