My Journey to No-Code Development
Hafsa Murtaza shares her 3.5 journey from Software Engineer to UI/UX to No-Code Development
I did pre-engineering back in 2014 from Fauji Foundation. Then got my bachelor's in Software Engineering from MCS NUST in 2018. From the very start of my engineering journey, I was never inclined towards coding. I was more of an arts and crafts person. While at university I used to take part in the student societies and lead the design and decor teams for various events.
It was during my FYP (final year project) that I decided to pursue this field. My FYP was about Physiotherapy @ Home, it was an all-girls project and I am very much proud of it.
So our project got divided into three domains:
As I was always into design, I took over the responsibility of designing the screens for our application. We did extensive research work on it, gathered data from the Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Centers. Demonstrated it in front of doctors. Finally, our all-girls group project won the gold medal for its designed bio-engineering project. After graduation, I learned graphic design tools and did some freelance work for my friends. In November 2018, I got an offer as a graphic design intern at a software house.
While I was working as a graphic designer intern, Asad approached me with a similar job offer: a graphic designing job. I had already perceived the ambition and originality in Asad so I decided to join him on his new venture. What he initially offered was almost as same what I was earning. But I knew the exposure and growth I will get by working with him will help my career more than anything. So I took a chance and accepted his offer. I have worked with Asad for about 3 years now while Turing Tech is just 2 years old.
At Turing Technologies, my role somewhat shifted from graphic designing to UI/UX designing, prototyping and what-not. I designed logos, color pallets, style guidelines, and then finally I started to work on UI/UX screens for our products. Asad wanted me to start working on website development. As mentioned earlier, I was never into coding. Asad always has a solution for every problem that exists so he recommended me a great website developing platform: Webflow. It is a no-code website development platform. We also always talked about reducing the design and development gap. So, It felt great to have that control of everything, implement changes so easily and roll out pages so quickly!
I currently run the no-code development team, which mainly comprises two roles:
Other than that I am also managing the social media marketing campaigns for one of our clients. I also handle the weekly interactions with product clients of Turing Tech.
The main strategy of my no-code development team is to Think globally, design locally. We plan our designs according to international standards and then implement them here at Turing Tech. I want my team members to learn and achieve in terms of personal and technical growth. I want more growth in terms of skills as compared to the time spend on it. As I have gained so much in the past 3 years, I want the same for my team.
I have following milestones lined up for Turing Tech and myself: