Meet Dan, an award-winning designer who decided to pursue his passion for User Experience Design. In order to do that, Dan needed to learn how to code. Here is his story.
What were you doing before BrainStation?
Before BrainStation I worked at Mark Media, a film, television and digital media production company in Toronto. I designed branding for new projects as well as sales and marketing materials. Prior to that, I worked as a creative director at Travel Ontario Magazine. Print design became my passion after I landed a design internship at The Epoch Times headquarters in New York City. The internship turned into a 3-year contract before moving back home to Toronto. I have a degree in mathematics from University of Waterloo, which I find to be very useful in design.
What motivated you to make career change and become a web developer?
One time Steve Jobs said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.” I find myself reflecting back very often. After learning how to design advertisement I thought: “This is great! I’m a designer now!” Then I realized there’s a bigger world of designing publications. After our magazine won an award I thought: “I made it! My dad will be proud,” only to realize that there’s another world, just as big, of digital graphic design. And beside that world exists an even bigger world of User Experience design. If I’m to succeed in it, I have to have an in-depth knowledge of web development. So here we are, 7 weeks into the course and I’m loving it!
Were there any specific factors you considered when choosing an immersive development program to attend?
I wanted to be taught by professionals who were friendly and very approachable because you have A LOT of questions as you’re learning these things. So I did my research research, checked out the facilities, met the instructors, looked at the competitors, and was very impressed with BrainStation.
What have you found most rewarding/most challenging so far?
A big reward for me is when I understand how something functions. Learning how to code is like learning a new language. It requires a lot of practice and in this course you will be learning two languages. Practicing the syntax of each language requires quite a bit of discipline and time.
Where do you see yourself at the end of the 10 weeks?
At the end of 10 weeks I can see myself working on half a dozen new projects that will attempt to save the world with art and beauty. These will be my stepping stones to launching a User Experience agency.
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