Starting out as a theater major, I took some interesting paths in life to become a digital product designer.
My name is Alex but I go by Benson. I was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, before moving to Kansas City. I didn't grow up knowing I wanted to be a graphic designer, I just kind of stumbled onto it. I haven't had a pen in my hand since I was a boy, but I've always been intrigued by problems, and liked solving them visually.
And while I don't develop regularly, I've found it immensely useful. Before I learned how to code, my designs were grand and sweeping, but unreasonable both because we hadn't yet gotten things like flexbox, and because the amount of time it would take to get some of those things done far outweighed the benefits anyone would gain from them. My work matured, became more buildable, and I had a better appreciation for what could and couldn't be done.
I was involved in theater in high school, and took an active role on the tech side of the productions. From lights and sound to building sets and designing them, I touched it all. I learned hands on how to build things from scratch, use tools, and plan and design complicated structures. I don't build sets any more but I still design and make things from time to time.
I've been playing flight simulators for as long as I've had a computer. As a kid I wanted to grow up to fly fighter jets, but math isn't my strong suit, and I ended up getting involved in art in high school, steering me towards design. I got flight lessons as a recent birthday present, and I love flying.