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Alumni Interview: Grace Akotey

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General Assembly London Alumni Grace Akotey

Meet Grace Akotey, a graduate of General Assembly London’s 12-week User Experience Design program. A self-taught designer, Grace is now a full-time web designer with Crystal Ski Holidays, working on UX related projects and a full re-branding of their website.

1. What led you to User Experience (UX) Design?

I’ve always been a visual person. As a self-taught graphic and web designer, I’ve tried many things – from fashion to working in the city to freelancing – but there came a point in time where I wanted to get to the next level. A UX designer I worked with planted a seed of curiosity, and from there I started researching the topic and reading blog posts, and ended up enrolling at General Assembly.

2. What excites you about UX?

I feel that UX can sometimes be overlooked because it’s not tangible – it has no physical attribute, you can’t hold it in your hands. So what gets me excited is actually knowing how much thought and understanding of the user goes into each part of an experience. The best websites end up being the best exactly because of that.

3. What’s an example of good UX you’ve seen in real life?

Think about an ATM. After you’ve put in your card and punched in your PIN, what does the biggest button say? ‘10 Pounds No Receipt’. Someone has worked out the most frequent choice people make. That’s good UX right there. Continue reading

Where Are They Now? Benji Decker

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Benji Decker

Meet Benji Decker, a graduate of General Assembly’s 12-week, full-time Web Development Immersive program. Before enrolling in the course, Benji served as Community Director at the coworking space WeWork, and is currently Chief People Person at Founders Bloc.

1. What inspired you to learn web development?

Not to get too Holden Caulfield, I was tired of feeling like a phony. I was reasonably tech-savvy I suppose, and had coded a little bit before, but not enough to really speak confidently with developers or have any certainty in structuring projects. I loved the idea of really knowing what I was talking about and being able to manage projects from the field, which so far I feel has totally paid off.

2. What’s surprised you the most about learning to code?

That it all makes sense. I really like Arthur C. Clarke’s famous quote that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Every day, we spend a huge amount of time browsing the web, basically abiding by this — things just kinda appear, we have no idea how. But it turns out it’s just a machine, a cleverly devised system, and if you understand the basics, you can start to see the moving pieces — modifying them, building on them. And it’s really quite cool.

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This Week’s Top 3 #LearnedAtGA Tweets (8/24-8/30)

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Classes at GA are full of best practices, advice, and tips. We’ve asked our students to share what they #LearnedAtGA and highlight their most memorable takeaways from class. Here are three of the top tweets from this week:

Head over to Twitter to check out at what other students have #LearnedAtGA — and don’t forget to share your own notes the next time you take a GA class, whether on campus or online.

Where Are They Now? Chloe Stinetorf

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Alumni Spotlight: Chloe Stinetorf

Meet Chloe, recent graduate of our 12-week User Experience Design course, and founder of Chloe Doughy, a cookie dough delivery business in New York City.

1. What led you to learn user experience (UX) design?

I previously worked as a product manager at Christie’s auction house, responsible for the design and development of christies.com and their mobile apps. My product management role at Christie’s was very UX-focused, but I wanted to have a broader understanding of UX principles, best practices and deliverables.

2. Tell us more about your most recent UX design project.

I recently launched a DIY baking company called Chloe Doughy that delivers ready-to-bake monthly cookie dough projects. The first version of the Chloe Doughy website was a simple Rails app. I took GA’s 12-week UX Design course to take my idea and prototype to the next level, starting with creating personas and ending with designing userflows and wireframes. I’ve since launched the latest version of Chloe Doughy using my work from the course.

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This Week’s Top 3 #LearnedAtGA Tweets (8/17-8/23)

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Classes at GA are full of best practices, advice, and tips. We’ve asked our students to share what they #LearnedAtGA and highlight their most memorable takeaways from class. Here are three of the top tweets from this week:

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This Week’s Top 3 #LearnedAtGA Tweets (8/10-8/16)

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Classes at GA are full of best practices, advice, and tips. We’ve asked our students to share what they #LearnedAtGA and highlight their most memorable takeaways from class. Here are three of the top tweets from this week:

And learning at GA doesn’t just stop when students leave the classroom — we hope this story from one student about the power of community will brighten your day:

Head over to Twitter to check out at what other students have #LearnedAtGA — and don’t forget to share your own notes the next time you take a GA class, whether on campus or online.

This Week’s Top 3 #LearnedAtGA Tweets

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Classes at GA are full of best practices, advice, and tips. We’ve asked our students to share what they #LearnedAtGA and highlight their most memorable takeaways from class. Here are three of the top tweets from this week:

Continue reading