Matthew Farmer

I’m a Visual Communication Design and Informatics student, born and raised in the Silicon Valley, and currently attending my final year at the University of Washington, Seattle. Besides design, I’m interested in entrepreneurship, filmmaking, and the internet of things. 

Before design, I was actually bent on doing computer science. I came to college with no backup plan, my mind was set. But after finishing the computer science prerequisites, my friend who kept insisting that I “wasn’t a computer science major”, convinced me to take INFO 498, a class that focused on redesigning the mobile application experience. And that class truly changed my life. It was then that I think I understood what Jony Ive meant when he said that “focus means saying no to something that with every bone in your body, you think is a phenomenal idea, and you wake up thinking about it, but end up saying no to it because you’re focusing on something else”, because there were so many times in that quarter that I wanted to just open up Sketch and start on a new interaction, app layout, or user flow. And I have to say there were too many times that temptation led me to pull my laptop out in class and guiltily open up Sketch instead of taking notes. 

As the quarter ended and the new year started, I made one of my new year resolutions to do the Daily UI Challenge. Basically for an hour, everyday, I would work on a new UI prompt that was emailed to me that day. I did as sort of proof that design was something that I truly wanted to pursue. Although in my head, I think I already knew that this is what I wanted. I feel the reason I like computer science, and why I love design is that at heart I’m a creator. No matter, what I wanted to be, whether that was wanting to be engineer, developer, or designer, I had always wanted to solve problems. I guess it only took a little bit of persuasion to realize that I wanted to use design as a medium to achieve that. 

This is where I am at today, and I’m excited to see where the future will take me. I feel like I have only just scratched the surface of what design is, and I can’t wait to explore it further.