UX Design: Code and Theory

A few weeks back, as part of my training for the design department of the Daily Pennsylvanian, I attended a workshop and talk led by Penn alumnus Julie Xie, who currently works at a digital design agency based in New York City. The firm, called Code and Theory, specializes in optimizing user experience and providing interactive media products.

Some of the readings on technology and digital visualization reminded me of this workshop. With the development of more tools and technologies, the intersections between code and art have become increasingly diverse and complex. Having grown up in a family of engineers with strong interests in the arts, I always thought it would be impossible to find any career or field that genuinely interested and engaged me. Furthermore, hearing about Julie’s experiences as a student in Communications, as an editor for a traditional news outlet, and eventually transitioning into user design and experience was quite inspiring.

Not everyone has to have everything figured out this early on; lots of things change along the way — both ourselves and the world around us.

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