Student Experience | Why I’m Taking Web Development | Lauren Low

By BrainStation March 3, 2017


What is your education and career background? Your current role?

I graduated from Emily Carr University with a Bachelors in Industrial Design. During school, I worked at the Health Design Research Lab and Material Matters Research Lab at Emily Carr. I enjoyed being a research assistant because it gave me the opportunity to explore industrial and interaction design in different contexts. I am currently a User Experience Design intern at SAP on the BusinessObjects Cloud team working on Cloud Analytics Software. I’m really enjoying learning about how responsive design is applied to analytics and working on mobile.

What course are you enrolled in for this cohort and what made you decide to take it?

It came to a point where I felt limited as to what I could actually visualize with my designs. This led me to want to learn how to code. I think it is important to be able to communicate with your clients, developers, and external stakeholders. It helps a lot when you understand the technical terms and timelines for how long things take.

How did you hear about the program?

One of my mentors at SAP works a BrainStation. It made me feel comfortable with taking a class here because the educators are industry professionals who know what skills will help you forward your career. Since my main mode of transportation is transit, I like that the BrainStation campus is located close to the skytrain station. It’s an easy commute.

What are you most excited to learn?

I am most interested in learning about bootstrap and seeing how the responsive constraints will affect my designs. I am also excited to write better code and know the right resources to go to. Being able to know where to look for answers and how to do proper research is important.

If you had to pick a favourite tech company doing awesome things – who would it be and why?

I have really enjoyed my time at SAP and it’s my favourite company right now. As a designer, I can explore so many different avenues in product and work on illustrations, prototyping, UI, and UX. They support your learning while still giving you lots of responsibilities which is great.

Favourite spot to spend an afternoon in the city?

My favourite spot which is also not too far from BrainStation’s new Granville campus is Burro Espresso Bar. It’s a nice place to sit with your computer and do creative work because there are a lot of windows which allow for natural light. They also have a lot of outlets so you can stay there for a while and really enjoy your coffee.

How do you plan on applying your newfound skills, personally and/or professionally?

In my internship, prototyping and coding helps a lot when we need to explore interactions or do usability testing. Code allows us to make more realistic and robust prototypes. I would like to show that I can be involved with all stages of the process from defining the requirements to launch.