As you may have guessed, my name is Kieron Marr and I’m a very creative person.
Where did it all start?
I started my journey when I was given my first computer to use when I was 5 years old. This changed my life for sure! From that moment on, I’ve always been around computers and technology of some kind. I’ve always had a fascination with technology because of how incredible it is when you get down to the nitty gritty of how things work.
Fast forward 11 years to 2006. I remember it well, I was breaking rules here, there and everywhere! I started my academic road into the computing industry at Strode College where I studied a national diploma in digital applications and then moved onto an I.T practitioners qualification. This was very broad and gave me the opportunity to explore many areas of computing from programming, systems architecture, database design to actually tearing apart computers and rebuilding them. These where all great fun, but didn’t tickle my fancy! I love to be creative, so when given the chance to work with design software it all changed for me. In time I was shown how to make a basic website and quickly became infatuated with it. It was simple stuff, some basic PHP, HTML and CSS but the immediate and visual response from the code I was writing just blew me away. It was just so rewarding having that visual feedback from code.
When this came to an end, and with very little knowledge in web design, I decided that if I was going to go to uni, this was going to be the path for me!
What I didn’t know was just how big the web industry is and what I’d let myself in for.
I joined Plymouth university in 2010. I had literally no idea what I was getting my self into. There were ups and downs throughout the 4 years I spent there but it was all worth it. I had a great time and had some amazing opportunities throughout. Would I do it again…? In a heartbeat! It’s hard work but learning something new is so rewarding.
Heres a few things I’ve studied:
- Computer Systems
- Production for Art & Technology
- Database Development
- Website Development
- The I.T Professional
- Software Engineering
- Mobile Device Programming
- Software Engineering for the internet using Java
- Systems Requirements and Design
- Alternative Web Paradigms
- I.T Legislation and Ethics
- Human-Computer Interaction
- Information Retrieval
- Web Development Platforms
- Electronic Commerce and Business
- Design Process
- API Software Development
- Scripting for Digital Media
- Object-Oriented Web Application Development
- Software Development and Project Management
- Internet Culture and Psychology
- Pervasive Computing
- Professional Issues in I.T
- Advanced Web Technologies
I may have left formal education but this is where the real learning begins. I never understood what everybody meant by “welcome to the real world”. I thought it was silly, uni is by no means a walk in the park… It quickly became apparent what everybody was talking about.