THE MODERN COLLEGE OF DESIGN
Hi, I’m Rob Keel, a fourth-year student. I found The Modern through a podcast, and this great school has helped me improve as a designer. I enjoy designing solutions that serve a functional purpose in a user’s life. I found my love for UI/UX design at The Modern when figuring out how I fit into the design industry. I could always do branding projects in school and create different logos and graphics, but it never felt like I excelled at those areas of design. In the last semester of my associate degree, I was finally introduced to UI/UX. I immediately knew that this area of design was for me. I would describe myself as a functional designer. You likely won’t find me illustrating or tackling large Photoshop projects. Instead, my strengths lie in solving problems with practical solutions that aim to improve overall user experience.
WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL INSPIRED?
I feel inspired when I read and listen to other designers talk about their process and the decisions they make during a project.
WHAT ARE YOU READING/LISTENING TO/WATCHING?
Currently, I am listening to a lot of podcasts. I love the Overly Human podcast. I am also a big Ted Lasso fan and am waiting for the next season to come out.
WHO IS SOMEONE YOU LOOK UP TO IN YOUR FIELD?
Leah Henderson and Chris Beach have had a major impact on me as a designer. Their approach to UX and teaching has pushed me to become a better designer.
WHAT AREA OR AREAS OF DESIGN ARE YOU HOPING TO WORK IN OR SPECIALIZE IN?
I want to work as a UI/UX designer in tech or consulting.
WHAT IS ONE THING THAT DESIGN SCHOOL HAS TAUGHT YOU THAT YOU DID NOT EXPECT?
Design school has taught me how important empathy is in the design process.