I’m a first gen Bangladeshi, so naturally growing up my family wanted me to be a doctor to follow in the family tree.
I was not a mathematical genius by Indian standards, but could hold my own and also found I was a natural with computers and programming languages.
There was only one “problem”. Since the age of 5 I was drawing constantly and this didn’t stop. In high school and in college I loaded up on as many painting and photography courses as possible and when I discovered digital photography and Adobe Photoshop (version 5. Not CS5 VERSION 5 in 1999) I was pretty smitten. I ended up double majoring in computer science and the first digital art/graphic design program they had at the University of Rochester. By end of first semester my friends and I were teaching that class to the professors.
Design and Life are are kind of the same.
Two people look at one thing, they envision or interpret two wholly different things.
While I was expected to be an a doctor, that’s not how it ended up (thank god) and in design, you also don’t know what you are going to get until you get into it, play with it, tweak it… and that’s half the fun right?
Getting there and not knowing what will happen in the process. After all like a wise man once said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards”