How I Got a Tech Startup Job with an Art Degree(medium.com)

4 years ago from Borui Wang, CEO, Polarr.

  • Goran Peuc, 4 years ago

    Keyword here is "eventually". After you got ton of experience, you ended up as UX designer.

    No serious company would hire an Arts graduate as a designer, to design apps as the very first job they got coming out from painters atelier.

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    • Kyle ConradKyle Conrad, 4 years ago

      No, but they would hire someone with a BA or BFA in Design/Graphic Design. Which is also an art degree.

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      • Goran Peuc, 4 years ago

        Sure thing, they would hire such a person to draw illustrations, maybe a logo, etc. Nobody would hire a Graphic designer / Artist to create interaction designs. (We are talking of course, that the person in question isn't multi disciplinary and just by coincidence has Arts degree)

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      • Mike MaiMike Mai, 4 years ago

        Very unlikely. Most graphic designers straight out of college cannot do UI or UX. Product design is out of their reach. I recently went through hundreds of applicants and interviewed a handful of them, many of them being graphic designers. Their portfolios look nice but once you talk with them, you'll find out they have no clues about UX. I am really disappointed in the lack of quality designers nowadays, but that largely has to do with outdated design education.

        Sure, graphic designers can be hired to do marketing and branding, but those are not lasting jobs, they are usually just contract jobs.

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    • Klare FrankKlare Frank, 4 years ago

      Well, you're certainly not going to hire someone straight out of school for a more senior position that comes with lots of responsibilities grounded in experience creating applications. If you think someone with a humanities degree can do the job better than someone with an arts degree, then you need to meet more people in the field.

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