And, on the note of markers and pencils: ever since I can remember, I have been drawing, colouring, taking pictures. My dream was to enter the National academy of the arts to become an illustrator, but my parents urged me to pursue a career in health services — for a safe income — and save the doodling for my spare time. I was an obedient child but eagerly grabbed every opportunity to express myself artistically. My lecture notes resembled illustrated textbooks. I made brochures for my sports team (painstakingly transferring Letraset letters to paper — this was before computers became household items). If anyone needed a poster made, I was the go-to person.
When I became a mother, I stayed at home with the boys for a few years. This was when the first personal websites — now blogs — started appearing. I dived into a world of HTML and later CSS, got my hands on a copy of Photoshop, and spent every spare moment (and night) teaching myself how to design good looking and well-performing websites. When I returned to the workforce, my days as a physical therapist were history; my newly acquired skills landed me a job with an advertising agency. Fast forward fifteen years, and find me working as the in-house UX designer for a company that makes map-based web and mobile apps.
So why enter school if my skills were already sufficient? Well, for starters: sufficient doesn’t equal excellent. While I am fairly confident in what I do, teaching yourself a skill inevitably will mean skipping some steps along the way. I hope to mend this by following a structured curriculum provided by — and under the guidance of — experienced designers. Being the sole designer at my job, I am also looking forward to what I expect to be inspiring and eye-opening discussions among the students. I am excited to get started!
Psssssst: I am also a major photography geek. I am deputy chair of the Norwegian photographic society and a board member at Scandinavia’s largest nature photography festival. I volunteer as a photographer at music festivals and concerts. I run a non-profit gallery with a weekly photo group. Scroll down to see links to my photo blogs and flickr accounts.