My name is Jordan. I’m a designer / developer, currently located in Vancouver, working in the Everyday Design Studio. We are exploring the future of interaction design for consumer IoT.
I hold a CS degree and ID minor from Virginia Tech. I have the most experience in iOS, enjoy leadership, and have a passion for traveling. I’m trying to visit all 48 continental National Parks before I’m 30; currently have visited 28 parks.
A brief history of me
My name is Jordan White. I grew up in Greenville, NC surrounded by tobacco and cotton fields. At the age of 7, I became fascinated with computers after my family got a Windows XP PC. I started my entrepreneurial career as a 10 year old, when I would pick strawberries and blueberries at the local fields, then go door to door and sell them.
In 7th grade I was given Beginning Programming for Dummies. A year later in 2008, I started my YouTube channel, Mac and Computer Help. In 2011, I was almost sued by Wiley Publishing because my YouTube programming tutorials followed too closely with one of their books. In a turn of events I wasn't sued, and was actually offered the co-authorship of a book. But, that fell through when they realized I was only a junior in high school. Following my high school graduation as valedictorian, my brother, sister and I went on a 41 day cross country road trip visiting 30 states, and even meeting Warren Buffett.
In fall 2013, I started my undergrad at Virginia Tech in general engineering. After 1 semester I was dropped from the honors college. This was a beneficial failure, as I had always viewed academic success as equivalent to my overall success. After being dropped, I stopped caring as much about my GPA and began caring more about trying new things outside the classroom, in particular taking on leadership roles.
While at VT I helped create VTHacks, led Entrepreneur Club as president, was involved with the launch of Virginia Tech's Center for Entrepreneurship, started a software startup, led with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, and went on service trips to Mexico City, Nicaragua, Atlanta, and Habitat for Humanity. I also started It Happens Here, an organization to raise awareness about sex trafficking in the USA. In my final semester we raised $4,570 by my cutting my large afro. I graduated from VT in spring 2017 with a major in Computer Science and minors in both Industrial Design and Mathematics.
After graduation, I took a gap year to figure out “what’s next." I traveling around the world: U.A.E., Thailand, India, Kenya, Egypt, Peru, Canada and 11 National Parks. In fall 2017 I tested out how minimal and inexpensive I could exist by living out of my car. I did some software design contracting for a medical startup and decided to apply to graduate school for Design and Human Computer Interaction.
In spring 2019, I was surprised to find out that I was accepted into the top HCI masters programs in the USA. I turned down the name brand schools (and ~$100k in debt) to go to a really cool and sorta weird design research studio up in Vancouver, Canada.
I’m currently working in the Everyday Design Studio in the School of Interactive Arts + Technology at Simon Fraser University. We are exploring the future of interaction design for consumer IoT. Specifically my research looks at how location metadata can be used as a design material for reflective experiences.
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updated May 1, 2019