I didnt realize it had been so long since my last post. So to all 5 of my readers, im sorry. Luckily this time it was not because I had nothing to post about, but because I have been doing so much, and many nights it came down to work or post, and I choose the former.
I have been doing a lot on the bildr front. I finally finished some things that I had been wanting to do for some time, but I will wait until another time to do show-and-tell.
Why the post?
Last month Tellart offer me a position at their design firm.
Im starting the new job in just over a week, and though I am leaving Affectiva, it is only in body.
When I started at Affectiva last year I was eager to be this hybrid of developer and designer and I hit the ground running. Soon it became aware that there was just too much work to be done, and we hired a full-time developer so I could focus on the interaction design, and visual design of the software. It wasn’t long before I realized just what 10 years experience and a degree in computer science could do better than my 1 year of dabbling.
Over the corse of almost a year we hired many more people, and soon, everyone had someone similar to themselves working there but me. I was still the only designer. During that time, I dissected many a UI element and reconstructed them in different ways to understand just what was it about the way the pixels align that pleased my eye. In the end, I found myself creating much nicer graphics, but very similar interactions.
This, mixed with the over 2 hours of driving for the job each day, was the reason for my departure.
After graduation I was not ready to stop learning, and in no-way have I. But things have slowed down on some fronts that I didnt expect. I still push my self to near RISD extremes, but without the teachers and classmates, I was playing the same note over and over.
Tellart is an experience design firm just a few miles away from my house. The ability to save 600 hours a year in driving, and be able to learn and work with a very talented group of designers was just something I couldn’t turn away from right now.
The unfortunate reality is that in doing so I am saying good-bye to Affectiva, the company I joined on the day we got phones for the office – before we had proper desks – before we had a logo, or a website. Affectiva is now 4 times the size it was when I joined, has a CEO and some major players. The products I worked on there will truly be ground breaking.
I had my hands in every aspect of design, and almost all of it to this point was by my hands. This is something I will probably not have another chance at for a very long time.
But for now, I focus on life, growth, and exploration.