Darren Phillip Jones
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Darren

I moved around a lot as a kid. It required me to reset and reboot my life at least once a year until my family settled down when I was in 3rd grade.

All through the moves, I never wanted to hide or be by myself. There was this deep desire to connect with people. To understand them, and their lives. Many years later, I decided to focus on a career in Photography and graduated from The Corcoran College of Art & Design with a Bachelor in Fine Arts.

Photography has treated me well. Through all the constant moving, it was a great tool for exercising my sometimes overloaded visual mind. And allowed me to continue to connect with new faces through weddings, corporate events, and interior design shoots.

However, there was something missing. Luckily my brother-in-law noticed this and periodically talked to me about his work in UX. About how he worked with clients, while focusing on the human aspect of design. Something I rarely thought about before, but it was all so natural. Like learning common sense a second time since childhood. He spends his day, thinking about other people. Why they do the things they do. Something I have always done since childhood.

My name is Darren Phillip Jones and I haven’t stopped learning and thinking about the journey of User Experience. All I want to do is learn more!


Physical Interaction

I strongly believe in the practice of writing down mundane things. Common knowledge, the basics, fundamentals. Sometimes repeated. It is often those ideas that seem to take the longest to evolve and solidify. And this is my way of paying respect.

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Why?

Why not?

Why CUNY?

I came for the introduction, but stayed for absolutely no reason. The teacher expressed that only NY State residents were eligible to apply and attend. I didn’t want to leave though. I sat there, thinking about the program, and how balanced it seemed. General Assembly is becoming too literal, a General Assembly Line of workers. Going back to college for another degree, in what? Graphic Design?


Why Me?

Because I’m ready for this. I have been for a long time, even though I didn’t know it. It was so hard to let go of my passion for photography, and the second I did, it was as if a weight had been lifted off of my chest. A weight that was holding me back from working in a field that feels all too familiar. A visual (and sometimes physical) field of work focused on the underlying principles of empathy.


Why Now?

I can’t think of a good answer for, ‘why now? It might be the lack of hesitation. Leaving my photography career behind seemed scary at first. But I don’t think about it that way. I look at photography as the tool that led me here. A strength that will help carry me through to the finish, whatever that may be.


Still Shooting?

Constantly. Below is a small selection of some photos that were taken when my wife and I decided to visit the Whitney Museum of American Art. My camera doesn’t always go with me though. If I don’t have an intended subject, I’d rather live in the moment with those around me.

If you’re still here.

Below are links to my resume, linkedin, and behance profile. Behance is a collection of the art projects I worked on during college. And for fun, my dogs’ Instagram account.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and look through my photographs, I want to express how much I would love to be apart of the CUNY UX Program.