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!