Digital Design alum and Advisory Board Member, Peter Jin Hong, graced our halls in December. He spent a week inspiring us and giving back to the VFS community. In this wide-ranging interview, Peter provides his definition of ‘user experience’ and talks about what it’s been like to work with the teams at Google+ Photos and WellDone.org.
Read more about Peter’s visit in his recent Oomph post!
Peter Jin Hong, a graduate of the digital Design program, has carved out an incredible career for himself since leaving VFS. His resume includes the highest profile agencies, such as Blast Radius, Tribal DDB and Organic, and currently sees him holding the title of User Experience Designer for Google+ Photos in San Francisco. As part of his artist in residence visit, Peter gave a presentation to the students. The content was riveting. But what he did after the presentation ended was even better.
Peter is a humanist. He designs from the perspective of enriching the human experience. This came through in every aspect of his presentation. He chose to stand away from the podium, presenting in front a black background with minimal images and text behind him. He simultaneously unraveled a mystery about his own personal experiences (including a horrible but life-changing motorcycle accident) while providing interesting and relevant information regarding the science of how people interact with and react to the world around them. The presentation culminated in showing us how these narratives apply to the work that he does on a daily basis as a user experience designer.
Students who enroll in the Digital Design Program start with an interactive triple threat. During there first two months in the program, they are given courses in User Experience, Interface Design and Information Architecture. The goal is to provide students with a strong foundation in understanding how information, systems and user desires need to work harmoniously in order to create great experiences.
Behind The Process is a great resource that I stumbled upon recently. The blog gives us insight into the creative process behind some of the best work in design, photography, and technology. They are a relatively new website, so they don’t have a large archive yet, but the content that they have released so far is definitely worth checking out. Add them to your RSS reader to stay in touch with some of the best from behind the scenes!
The folks over at Onward Search created a great infographic on User Experience (UX) careers. User Experience is taught over the entire year atVFS Digital Design and is one of the largest growing fields in the interactive industry. The guide provided by Onward Search gives designers insight into User Experience careers, salaries, job descriptions and responsibilities.