Web Design & Interactive Media
UI/UX Designer for Three 29
The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University
[My education] allowed me to learn more about design and how to use certain programs, and to make valuable connections with people that have lasted beyond my time spent [in school]. Christina Robinson , UI/UX Designer for Three 29 Bachelors of Science in Web Design & Interactive Media, 2012 , The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University
She says that she’s excited to work in an environment that stimulates creativity. “I work for an amazing creative director that encourages a collaborative environment. We're always told that it's better to come to the table with big ideas and be told to pull back rather than come to the table with small ideas.” Prior to joining Three29, she worked as lead web designer for Digital Gear, as a freelance web designer for Lovely Geek Design, as an assistant webmaster/intern at Intel, and as an assistant webmaster at Union Mine High School.
She says that she faced a challenge one year ago when she was laid off from her job—a job that she’d held for four years. “You can imagine how stunned and hurt I was when they let me go. Luckily, there was another job I had been eyeing, so I applied and within two weeks I started it. The company that let me go eventually [went out of business], so it was a blessing in disguise that I got let go.” While the situation was difficult, she can look back and see that she ended up in a job that better suits her career aspirations.
Cristina adds that the creative industry is competitive and challenging. “You have to stay on top of changes. It's a field where you can't stop learning, so make sure you have a passion for it. I love what I do, so I am always subscribing to sites that relate to my field in order to keep learning. I am constantly sharing what I find with my colleagues.”
Cristina, who in 2012 earned a Bachelor of Science in Web Site Development from The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, says that her education helped her to build professional experience through internships. “It also allowed me to learn more about design and how to use certain programs, and to make valuable connections with people that have lasted beyond my time spent at [in school].”