I left my management consulting career and the States with the intent on only learning about new UX principles and design processes through the M.IDEA program, but in reality, I learned something far more applicable and important. I learned that design is so much more than what most people think. It means thinking about problems in new and unique ways, realizing there are a multitude of solutions, and thinking about thinking.
With the help of the teaching staff and their broad range of expertise (art, technology, filmography, user experience, curation, etc.), I was able to explore and develop my own ideas. The program’s flexibility allowed me to excel.
Since graduating, I founded Shot Stats, which was accepted into the leading hardware based accelerator, HAXLR8R, in Shenzhen, China. Shot Stats provides valuable metrics using an on-racket device with accelerometers and gyroscopes. The M.IDEA program is a great place to for creative solutions, like Shot Stats, to originate and flourish!”
I have a degree in information technology and I’ve been working for some years in the software industry as both a programmer and technical resource for sales. I wanted to find a degree where I could use my technical background at the same time as developing design skills and be creatively challenged. I’ve always had an artistic side to me and this degree seemed to be perfect.
I’ve really enjoyed playing and experimenting with such a wide variety of technologies. I’ve especially enjoyed working with sensor based interfaces – making things talk using electronics combined with software.
For anyone considering this degree I’d say no matter whether you come from a technical or a more creative background, as long as you have a passion for design, and like working with ideas and cutting edge technologies, this degree would be a good choice.