If you’ve ever thought about having your own online course, then you’ll definitely want to listen to this week’s interview with Janelle Allen! She’s a learning designer with a background in education, and her company Zen Courses helps people create online curricula using a process and a system that’s structured for success.

Janelle starts off talking about how she got into learning design, and we take a look at the current environment of online learning and discuss the pros and cons. Janelle also shares where her passion for education comes from, and she goes a little bit into her passion for deejaying! Janelle can teach you the ABCs and then make you dance on the 1s and 2s! Dope! Get into this week’s interview!


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We’ve got a special bonus episode for you this week! I had the opportunity to talk with Maya Patterson, a product designer for Trunk Club in Chicago, Illinois. After a few chats in our Slack community about diversity and the state of design media, I thought she would me a fantastic guest.

Our conversation began with a look into a typical day for her at Trunk Club, and she shared how she got into product design, as well as the challenges she’s faced being a Black woman in this field. We recorded our talk last week, so we also spend time unpacking our post-election feelings and looking at ways designers can get involved with using their talents to make social change. Hopefully you’ll come away from this episode with some food for thought!


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Fredric Mitchell

Fredric Mitchell and I go way back in these Internet streets, so when I started Revision Path back in 2013, I was glad he was one of the first people to agree to an interview. Currently, Fredric is the VP of Engineering at Better Weekdays, a startup in St. Louis, MO that helps students find jobs.

We started off by talking about his current work at Better Weekdays, and then we explored what he feels developers need to know in the current market. Fredric also gave some great insight on why side hustles are important, how to start as a public speaker, and he shared the biggest compromise he’s made to be where he is now. Fredric has a really unique perspective to work and life, and I’m glad he was able to come and share that with all of you. Enjoy!


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Revision Path is sponsored by Facebook Design. No one designs at scale quite like Facebook does, and that scale is only matched by their commitment to giving back to the design community.
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We have a lot of students who listen to the show, so it was a nice bit of serendipity when Rachel Harsley reached out to me to tell me about her story! Rachel is a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois at Chicago as well as the developer of a revolutionary new app called Clean Slate Messenger.

We spoke about Rachel’s current studies, what she’s learned at her internships at AT&T, Intel, GE, and Google, and how mentorship and the community have helped her succeed. Rachel will be working at Google as soon as she graduates, so make sure you keep an eye out for this shooting star!


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This week’s episode is really special to me on a personal level. I talked with Jack Butler, an analytics associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chicago — and one of my cousins! Jack is originally from Atlanta, and is a recent graduate from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in decision science.

We talked about decision science and how it works, some of the projects he’s working on at PricewaterhouseCoopers dealing with big data, and how he’s been able to make his own way at such a young age. I’m really proud to see what Jack has accomplished, and I’m glad he could share what he’s doing with all of you!


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