I feel like I’ve been doing UX strategy my whole life. Once I started doing it more I was like, ‘Wow, I’ve been doing this since I was 16’—thinking about software and how to make it better, how to plan better, how to make technology better for peoples’ lives. —Farheen Malik, Senior Interaction Designer at Huge
When you are new to the field of web design, it can be challenging to know what companies would be the right fit for you. At Startup Institute, we immerse you in the tech ecosystem from day one of the program, introducing you to our hiring partners to help you build your network and gain exposure to the companies that will be a fit for your career goals—both as a learner and a teammate. (more…)
When first introduced to UX design, I heard the word “design” and immediately dismissed the idea. I assumed that, to be a designer, I’d have to have spent my life as an artist. What I quickly learned was that a background in studying human behavior was the most valuable experience I could bring to the table.
I’ve been teaching user experience design at Startup Institute for the past two years and, during that time, I’ve gone on countless coffee chats with students. Unmistakably, the question I’m most often asked is: (more…)
Learning is one of our core values as a company. We believe in trying new things, listening closely to feedback, measuring progress, and constantly improving how we communicate. (more…)
There’s a lot of subjectivity in design, but great businesses aren’t built on a gut-feeling. Great web design means aligning creative and scientific processes to yield data-driven results. (more…)
A new class of Startup Institute grads is freshly graduated and ready to venture into new roles at dynamic tech companies in Chicago, New York, and Boston. We had a super-strong group in our web design program, and we’re excited to see the remarkable impacts they make on the companies they join. (more…)
There’s doing your job, and then there’s being your job.
When your passions and life philosophies are wrapped up in your craft, the notion of work-life balance isn’t something you subscribe to. (more…)
Four months ago, Julia Feld was a legal assistant in downtown Boston. Julia (pictured above, pitching at Talent Expo) found that the industry was filled with slow-moving, clunky bureaucratic processes that made it difficult for companies to manage clients in an effective manner. (more…)
We had the chance to sit down with Rodney Dennis, alumnus from our spring 2015 web design course, to discuss his career as a front-end developer and how he landed his job at Carbonmade in Chicago. Read on to learn more about a day in the life of Windy City startup designer and what his advice is for aspiring designers: (more…)