2020 DMDE Grad Ben Byrum lands Product Designer at AR startup

Students who graduated in Spring of 2020 found their final semester of college upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. Faced with an uncertain job market, a recent Digital Media Design graduate, Ben Byrum, found success despite the odds.

After graduation, Byrum moved to Santa Monica in Los Angeles, CA where he landed a job as a Product Designer currently focused on designing for AR with a social media startup, Octi.  Originally from Franklin, Kentucky near the Tennessee border, Ben found himself drawn to LA. “I'm loving the weather, and I could see myself being here for a long time. I couldn't have asked for a better opportunity,” says Ben, who says he wants to be a resource for current DMD students. “I know how hard it is to make it in Design as a career, and I would gladly help any student that was in my position.” 

What is AR you might ask? Augmented Reality (AR) is a digital interactive interface presented inside our real-world context. You see and communicate in the physical world with digital images and objects. It is mostly achieved by looking at a camera on your phone or by superimposing on the lens of a pair of glasses you look through. AR also needs an App to give the user a first-rate experience, so all social media apps have AR features built into them. Think those fun filters on Snapchat and Instagram.  

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