Hi, my name is Arielle and I’m a third year student majoring in Interactive Digital Media at Drexel University looking to co-op in Spring 2017. I’m interested in pursuing a career in User Experience Design because I love being able to express myself creatively using technology and I’ve always had an interest in understanding people. Some of my other passions include writing, singing, social media and traveling the world.
I was so intrigued by the world of digital design that the following summer I decided to take a course on web design at Harvard. I learned the basics of coding, the importance of colors, fonts and built my first basic website. I loved the idea that like a video game I could envelop people into my own world with just the click of a button. I could make my world however I wanted to and share my world with whomever I wanted to.
The reason I’m interested in UX design goes beyond just my love for digital design. I also have a love for people and I don’t mean anatomy or the skeletal system. Sitting down with someone and just having them tell me their life story is one of my favorite things. I’ve never been a fan of small talk and I’d much rather listen to you talk about how the hardships and the struggles that you’ve overcome that make you who you are today then talk about the weather.
Although I’ve always loved talking to people I think my interest really started to develop in 2006 when my family and I moved to England for four years. Meeting so many interesting and different people from so many places really helped shape me as a person. Andy Budd who is the managing director of the digital design consultancy business Clearleft believes, “To be a good designer in today’s society, you need to have an understanding of psychology, human behavior, and the little shortcuts, the little quirks, in the way people operate” and I could not agree more. One of the most frustrating things as a designer is seeing people struggle with bad design and blame themselves. As a designer I want to eliminate this feeling of helplessness by understanding the way people think and making the user feel in control at all times.