Becoming a tech unicorn

What happens when a long-time designer decides to learn how to code again?

Unicorn 🦄  is the most overused word in tech, refers to private startups with a value of $1 billion dollars or above. 

Also used to define a superhuman who can design and code, conduct user research, come up with business strategies, write UX copy, and other superpowers.

🤓 I started my tech career coding. 

My first internship was in Matrix, not from movies, sounds funny today but I learned a lot in this company in Brazil. 

Matrix builds 🔨 medical software for hospitals 🏥  and clinics, using a common language in their industry called MUMPS, a standard adopted by the US government years ago (🦆🦆 DuckDuckGo it — sorry I don’t use Google as a search engine).

Since then, coding skills always helped me to build this bridge between devs and designers. 

📐 Understanding code makes you a better designer. You see the value of organizing layers in a correct hierarchy and renaming it correctly — a good explanation of how to use frames on Figma.

😥 One thing that I regret in my career was to stop coding, and I was missing a lot of the feeling of bringing design to life. 

In 2021 I decided to join the Web Development bootcamp at Ironhack to reshape my skills. It was a great experience to review concepts and learn new technologies. 

My final project was an old inspiration in 🎤 music industry, and was voted ✅ 

🏆  Top project of cohort
🏆  Ironhack Hackshow Final Winner

I’m glad to be selected from so many amazing projects and all friends I made and worked together on the projects. 

How do I feel now?

I feel that I have a lot to learn and this experience boosted my energy and confidence in code.

Final thoughts 🤔

I might need to buy:

  • 🖥  Super widescreen monitor
  • ⌨️ Mechanical keyboard


Be curious and stay hungry because the required knowledge for unicorns 🦄 🌈 is forever expanding.

Thank you Hel·lena Prat, José Carneiro, and Stefano Santonocito for making this experience unique.