Design Line Online Course
30 november 2018

In November, I took part in the Design Line online course. During a week, every day I was watching live webinars about UI/UX, future of design, new trends, communications, etc. The speakers were owners and designers of Russian and foreign design studios.

You know, the human brain works, as follows: it stops working when it thinks it knows everything about something (e.g. design). It is significant to understand that IT (and UI/UX design is a part of IT) produces new information, daily. That being said, we have to learn something new, again and again. We need to become a student, again. Design Line helped me turn out into a student. I learnt some helpful tips, not only from speakers, but from participants, as well. Moreover, we got some plans on collaborations :)

It is great that Design Line is not about catching the wind in a net. Straight questions — straight answers, that is it. Happy to start using the knowledge I got in my work!

Дарья Сорокина

P.S. The last name in the certificate is different from the last name on the site due to family circumstances :)

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Button color
26 may 2018

Button color name radio buttons. Instead of “red” it says “tomato”. Tomato color. Interesting :)

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Cyprus, May 2018
19 may 2018

As you can see, I am a passionate traveller. I really love Asia and I wanted to go to Goa in May. But plans changed and we went to Cyprus.

What can I say about Cyprus? It is a mixture of cultures. It is blue sea and wind. It is freedom and delivious food. I like it!

We stayed in Aya-Napa – a great place for young people. However, it would be silly to stay in Aya-Napa all the time we spent there. We took couple buggies first, then jumped into the cabriolet and started exploring the island.

We visited most popular towns and beaches (Larnaka, Limassol, Pafos, Protaras) and the capital (Nikosia). We swam, jumped in the sea, tasted wine in the mountains. We ate Meze. It was a most crazy and coolest week ever!

I believe we will definitely get back to Cyprus. There are still plenty of places we would love to visit there. Moreover, it is not that far from Russia and the prices are quite OK there.

Wish you safe trips! Live, travel, enjoy!

One month in Thailand. December 2017 – January 2018. Bangkok
17 february 2018

Bangkok — a city of contrasts. I visited other huge Asian cities before and I was expecting to see a similar city. But Bangkok is so different! Here you see a skyscraper and just beside – a slum. You can drink delicious wine and taste incredible seafood in a wonderful restaurant on the 80th floor, but you can also grab a few pineapples or sausages at the street and enjoy it in the dirty corner. So the life is very, very different there.

For street food lovers (like me) Bangkok is the paradise. You are never gonna be hungry there. You will always find something to eat even though it is 7am or 11pm.

Apart from that, Bangkok is really beautiful. There is no place in the world where you can find so many magnificent temples. They are everywhere: just walk and you will find them. We visited both touristic and local temples. We are not against touristic places, but the real city is definitely somewhere in non-touristic areas.

After we left Bangkok, an idea came to my mind – what if some of the people who live in Bangkok do not need all this civilization? Look, they really enjoy sitting somewhere an the street eating their favourite Pad Tai. They love visiting markets and searching for some food there. They love song teo rather than metro. They love simple life. They are so close to the earth, to their roots, and they probably even do not need anything else. Not everyone, of course. Just an idea :)

One month in Thailand. December 2017 – January 2018. Pattaya
8 february 2018

In Pattaya we stayed at Jomtien beach – a very comfortable location for living and working. We normally woke up, had breakfast, relaxed by the pool and worked. To get some food, we made a 30-minutes walk to our favourite cafe. We ate there or grabbed some food and went to the beach. Sometimes we swam in the sea. In the evening, we usually went to the night market and ate some fruits by the sea. Lovely time…

Pattaya is definitely a great location. It is by the sea so you can swim (even though the sea is not super good there). It is a city that means it has good infrastructure. There are shops, commercial centres, bars and restaurants. It is not far from Bangkok so you can always take a bus and visit the capital of Thailand. And what is most important is that the prices are really cheap!

For the New Year we went to Koh Chang – a beautiful island in Trat district. It took us 7 hours to get there. First by car, then ferry, then again car and we are in the hotel! Our friends invited us to join for the NY and suggested that we stayed in the hotel with them. We got prepared for the NY: in Pattaya we bought ingredients and made Olivie salad – this is a national Russia New Year salad. Everyone was happy! We had much fun during our stay there. We swam, ate, drank and danced :D Although we stayed just a couple days there we really enjoyed Koh Chang – it is a perfect place for couples and families!

The next chapter is going to be about Bangkok!

One month in Thailand. December 2017- January 2018. Doha
6 february 2018

2 years ago my husband and I stayed in Asia for almost half a year and… it was awesome! I was dreaming to go to Asia again (at least for a month). We were not going to do it this year, but unexpectedly we found cheap tickets to Bangkok! We made a plan of our journey, packed our clothes, booked apartments and hotels, and finally went to the airport.

As always, our journey was not simple. On our way to Bangkok, we had a 12-hours transfer in Doha. Qatar Airways, the best company we ever used, provided a complimentary stay in Marriott hotel in Doha. It was a great start! After 5 hours of extremely comfortable flight (with delicious food and non-stop alcohol :)) we landed in Doha and went to Marriott. Gorgeous hotel and awesome place to take a rest! We slept a bit, went for a short walk in the city and turned back to the airport. Qatar was our first Middle-East country which we really enjoyed! Super hot, expensive and luxury… but so unusual!

After 8 more hours in plane we successfully landed in Bangkok. The weather was unexpectedly cold! We jumped in the bus to Pattaya and after a 2-hours sleep we are in my fav city!

Here are the photos in Doha. The next chapter is coming soon!