Digital Media Class of 2015
What are you doing now?
I’m a UI/UX Designer and Developer, which means I get to design interfaces and implement my design.
Is there something specific you have done since graduation that you are particularly proud of?
Not a project, but I am proud of the journey I went through in terms of my confidence level and skill. Imposter Syndrome is always a threat waiting around the corner, and getting through each bout is always a proud moment for me, especially when I remind myself that I have reached the goal that I’ve wanted to achieve since getting into Digital Media -designing things to help people understand difficult concepts and ideas, and bringing that design to life.
How has your experience at York and in the Digital Media program prepared you for what you are doing now?
The two biggest things the Digital Media program has helped me with are working on and learning multiple things at a time (and often under pressure), and presenting my work to other people, which as a designer can be a daunting task because you’re trying to both impress a client and convince them of ideas that they may have not come across, or don’t personally agree with but work on an industry scale.
Do you have any advice for current Digital Media students?
Two things: First, go big with anything you do, edit, and don’t get attached. Something that is consistent with project work in a student environment and project work in a professional environment is iteration, and sometimes iteration means setting aside most of the initial work that you were proud of. It’s best to understand that some concepts won’t work for a particular project, and that just means you have opportunities to use your big ideas elsewhere. Second, expose yourself to ideas that are different from your own. An amazing thing about Digital Media is that there is so much going on with different people that you gain so many different perspectives. Appreciate your professors. Learn from your peers. Digital Media people make the best friends. 🙂