Jamel Singleton is a print, web and UX designer for a nimble, rising star in the consumer software industry. He describes himself as a gadget enthusiast who spends most of his free time playing video games, blogging and tweeting about gadgets, tech and entertainment.
Jamel has been a valley resident for over 15 years, this plus his awesome skill set qualifies him to be the very first Twitterview of 2012.
Without further adieu.....
TPE: What do you say was the biggest push into your current field? Did you set off to be a designer?
Jamel: The rise of mobile computing and apps had a big impact on my career. About 2 years ago I became keenly aware that I needed to know more about app design if I was going to continue designing in the digital space. I went to work researching and reading up on UX design and became more involved in user testing and surveys at work. A year later my growing interest in UX lead to my current position at a software consulting firm.
I fell into graphic design randomly, my degree is in computer animation but the field for 3D artists in AZ is limited at best. I’d been working at print shops while applying for 3D jobs and one day by chance, I ran into a friend from school who was working for a small agency. They’d been looking for a production artist and I applied, figuring it could be a temporary upgrade and pay bump from the print shop. As it turned out though, I grew to love design and have never looked back.
TPE: Along with design and UX you were involved with a film production at one point?
Jamel: Yes, I’ve always had an interest in video and film production, in fact for a long while I was leaning toward a career in the film industry instead of design. Several years back I joined a friend in a film production venture called Man on the Run Productions. We shot and produced video for a few small events and most notably I was Director of Photography on the two sequels to a film he’d shot prior to me joining the company. ‘The Road Less Traveled 2: Path not Taken’ and ‘The Road Less Traveled 3: Vanishing point’.