I Grew up in Winnipeg Manitoba and still have family living there currently. I have been a Visual designer for most all of my professional career and have learnt a lot of different digital mediums spanning multiple years. I'll list them in order of how I remember them. First paid gig out of college was a 10 minute feature video showing the many video projectors and their features. Remember this was 1994. I used Adobe Premiere, which at that time was groundbreaking. I Then designed a handful of CD-Rom Interactives which was before the prominence of the internet. I believe it was just beginning, not really mainstream but was mostly AOL and chat rooms from what I remembered.
I then got a job working for a QTVR virtual tour company where they showcased QuickTime VR's. Ahead of its time, very time consuming to do but ahead of it's time since it is now becoming popular again because it's much easier barrier to entry, but in a different terminology and greater reach and sufistication.
I then got recruited by my first boss( the 10 minute video gig) out of college to join a financial software company. The team mostly focused on in house marketing and also external marketing selling CD-Rom interactives. That company ended badly. They closed the doors on us New Years Eve 1998 I believe. IT was a very fun company to work for, while it lasted...
The department head (my college professor and first employer) then, quick on his feet found another company that hired the entire department to do in house marketing for an Air Diffuser manufacturer. I then started to do marketing videos and 3d models of their products. I enjoyed it thoroughly, the team I worked with soon became very close friend, most of which I still visit to this day when I return to visit in Winnipeg.
I was then recruited by the manager's old business partner (from the 10 minute video gig), which was a bad move on my part. I was promised a video editing suite to help with videos, but the equipment never materialized. This is when the internet started to really take off. The business partner left the business as he was a decent programmer and a skilled salesman and landed lucrative contracts from IBM in the USA. He left the design agency, and since I was not a programer or a print designer I was let go soon after that, as there was no real fit for me there with no real equipment to do what I did best at that time.
I did get a job at Global TV, one of the leading news television station in Canada. Learnt a lot, as this had the equipment. The manager I had was an amazing person, probably one of the best managers I have ever had to encourage me to learn more and always gave great encouragement. Unfortunately she had moved up and out of the department.
So I soon left and by extreme luck I had landed a job in San Francisco working at ABC news. Or so I thought I was lucky. It was a great opportunity and learning experience. Unfortunately I probably found one of the worst managers in my career. She was a very insecure art director that only seemed to like you depending on how well you could gossip. I wasn't much of a gossiper and I had found out that I was overlooked for a daytime weekdays position (twice) because I worked evening and weekends shift, probably why I landed the job within 3 weeks of looking.
So after I learned that I was passed over. I found another job in the bay area that was very interesting. This was doing graphics for live television sports graphics. They had a lot of innovative real time 3 dimensional graphics for live sports broadcasts. This bay area company had created, the blue streak puck for hockey, yellow first down line for football, strike zone baseball, lane markers for the Olympic swimming(country flags), NASCAR pointers for NASCAR, and IndyCar and sail trails for the international sailing races. I started to do a lot of mobile app designs for their various offerings because they had created a realtime race tracking application for NASCAR and IndyCar since they had military grade GPS on the racecars so I started designing applications to try and sell to other racing sports like F1, MotoGP.
I then took my newly learnt UI skills and was hired on a Multinational Consulting company to design mobile applications for various corporations. I then naturally learnt to be a UX designer Moved to a remote team and moved from the Bay Area to Colorado. Sorry I will expand more in the future as this post is getting rather lengthy and split up into separate blog posts for each job and better explain my learnings.
This leads me to my next ad-venture. Pun intended. almost. I will elaborate further in the future but I am almost update date in this quickly written lengthy (sloppy) experience write up.