Learning From Experience

A creative experiment helps land a job at a major tech firm

Brandon Foy

Name: Brandon Foy
Job: User Experience Designer, Microsoft
Age: 25
Education: Foy graduated valedictorian from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, in 2010 with a degree in computer science with emphasis on computer animation and game art.

How the user feels about the product, service, or system is an intricate part of the development process for UX designers such as Brandon Foy, who in his current position ensures that Microsoft’s Windows applications are designed for easy navigation with clear message and direction.

How he got the job: In 2010, Foy created a concept video promoting the virtues of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system as a project to challenge himself. The video (http://bit.ly/IUshha) went viral, getting nearly 100,000 views in about a week—and caught the attention of Microsoft.

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