Rachel Clingman is a visual communication designer developing user experiences for online education but just a few years ago was living in a different city working in a career that was “killing her soul.” Listen to Episode 32 to hear Rachel describe why a Florida hurricane was the impetus for finally quitting her job in financial services and diving into her new tech based design career. Listen to the end of the episode to find out what she’s going back to school for now how she continues to reinvent herself.
04.32s What visual communication design is and isn’t
07:42s Initially studying political science and economics
09:14s Being in financial services and having it “eat your soul”
12:11s A Florida hurricane and the housing crises inspires a change
13:15s Quiting her job and starting to take art classes
14:02s Getting inspired by a TED talk on design for good
16:15s Falling on love with the PC when it first came out
23:08s Moving from freelancing and teaching to working for an online learning company
26:09s Diving back into school for a master’s in User Experience Design
31:04s Learning on the job about a stage gate development process
35:50s Struggling with the pervasiveness of technology, especially smart phones
39:02s Continuing to learn and developing focus, “just do it”
“Designing lends itself to education just because you have to educate your clients how to make the right choices visually.”
“When I went back to school for visual communication design one of the things I really wanted to do was get involved in the software development process”
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