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The Interactive Design Program 2014 Grads are launched! As always, the show was a smashing success (the meatballs were stellar).
From emoticons to GIFs to graphical user interfaces, the inventions that opened the web to everyone.
…is what the opening slide read at the company-wide Townhall meeting, from the head office of Internet security software vendor, OpenDNS in San Francisco, CA. The company’s CEO, David Ulevitch himself, was up on mic, welcoming the company’s two new UX Interns from Capilano University’s Interactive Design program Andrew Marley-Clarke and Stephanie Kalacis; to hearty cheers on both sides of the border! What a welcome it was…and really, one you don’t see the likes of too often anymore.
The Townhall continued after the crowd subsided and proceeded onto much more pressing matters of business…until concluding with us having to stand up in front of the group in a hazing ritual of sorts to announce 3 fun facts about ourselves. I shared that I almost had my own reality show, that I am working on a mobile app to help train laparoscopic surgeons, and that my apartment is the backdrop to the CTV news’ anchor desk…so if there were any protests or causes people wanted to support, to let me know! It was a fun icebreaker to what is shaping up to be a great opportunity with a real ‘Grade A’ company. What a great way to start an Internship.
OpenDNS protects Internet users at the Domain Name System (DNS) level by safe-guarding against malicious, phishing, or botnet attacks, while also predicting security vulnerabilities. The company started in 2006 and was founded by David Ulevitch. It’s Umbrella product secures 2% of global Internet traffic for consumers, protecting home Internet usage with parental controls, and business users, protecting all devices within a network, regardless of whether the user is connected to work through a wireless network or working remotely from a coffee shop. Location doesn’t matter; once a security policy is applied on the device, that device is protected as long as it is connected to the Internet.
Transition from Interactive Design to OpenDNS
In true Interactive Design fashion, we have hit the ground running working on multiple projects within our internship with OpenDNS, in a challenging, fast-paced, and supportive environment. Working with their Web/UX team in San Francisco, we are helping revamp the content strategy, and information architecture of the company site, contributing to the redesign of their customer user experience, and conducting tasks to help improve SEO analytics between pages. Being able to apply what we learned in the program immediately in this professional context, gaining insight into the roles of a Web/UX team and designers, and being able to (more…)