DigitalCrafts is something special. A coding bootcamp by itself isn't anything special. There are hundreds of them. If you stand downtown in a major city and throw a rock in a random direction you'll probably hit one, or it will at least land close to one. So what makes DigitalCrafts stand out?
1. The Founders: Jake and Max have built a strong, close-knit organization that feels organic. They have hired instructors and staff that genuinely care for the students and take pride in what they do. They are on-site and available to answer questions, resolve issues, or just chat. They are supportive and encouraging, and they will challenge you to do your best.
2. The Staff: During my cohort two new staff members were hired, Liz and Zakia. From day one they were friendly, helpful and ethusiastic. They took interest in our projects. They gave their insights from their respective fields in order to help clarify questions about things like searching for a job. Katy wasn't on-site, but communicating with her was fast and easy. She quickly and efficiently provided several pages of feedback on my resume, portfolio, LinkedIn profile, and Github page, which were quite helpful in maximising the chance of getting interviews and ultimately landing a job.
3. The Instructors: Rob was my instructor, and he is easily one of the best teachers I have ever had. He's smart and funny and is able to present difficult concepts in an entertaining way, yet clearly and concisely enough so that at the very least you can easily learn more about any given topic on your own and be able to learn it well. His breadth and depth of knowledge and experience are second to none and he is more than willing to share his knowledge, as well as work with you individually to work through a difficult problem. He stayed in the classroom with one student from my cohort until well past midnight helping them with a project. For our final project my partner and I wanted to use tools that weren't covered in class. Instead of insisting we use what we learned in class (which he could have easily done), he ecouraged us, gave us resources, and shared his experience with us in order to ensure we were successful.
4. The Students: What can I say about my fellow classmates? Over the 16-week course, we laughed together, cried together, got frustrated together, and triumphed together. Note that the key word here is together. We all came from different professional and educational backgrounds; we varied in age, socioeconomic demographics, domestic profiles, country of birth, and language. Despie our outward differences, we supported and helped each other, encouraged each other, and rooted for each other. I started DigitalCrafts among 15 other classmates but graduated with 15 new friends.
So now the question is, did I make the right decision in attending DigitalCrafts? The answer is an unequivocal "YES!"
Aside from knowing your craft and keeping your gear in good working order, the most important part of photography in the digital era is taking good care of your digital assets (files created by your camera and editing software). Even as a beginner, you need to understand the best ways to organize photos and take care of them so you always have access to them.
Here is a five step process to safeguard your photos. Starting from the time of capture, we’ll help you understand the best ways to organize photos so you can carry-on doing what you do best: capturing moments.
I take approximately 300,000 images every year. Between my client work, personal projects and simply creating a record of my life, I have a lot of data to manage. In the beginning, I had folders such as “Weekend Away 1” and “Weekend Away 2” containing photos, video and even my processed files. If I had continued with a haphazard system like this, my drives would be impossible to work with now. Start by taking stock of your current assets. This will give you an idea of what needs to be organized.
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From now on, digital asset management starts before you even record files to your memory card. Most cameras will allow you to set a custom filename or folder setup within the camera itself. The best ways to organize photos is to separate images on a shoot-by-shoot basis. If this is not your style, at the very least, make sure your camera’s time and date are correct. This will make it easy to sort files later on.
Once you’ve captured your images, you’ll need to organize them on your computer. The best ways to organize photos on a desktop is by creating a folder structure that is meaningful and easy to navigate. This is an essential step to keeping your images organized and being able to find them later. Personally, I like to do everything manually, but you can have your favorite software do this for you as well. I create folders one by one within a larger structure and copy my files into them after every shoot. This structure abides by the following convention:
Date – Shoot Type – Client Name
The date is added in reverse to ensure my folders stay chronological on all devices. So, a family session with the Jones family on May 10th, 2018 would look like this:
\Photos\Client\20180510 – Family – Jones
You could add location or other information to this structure, but that can easily be added to keywords later on.
Inside each folder, I create folders for each photographer (if there are multiple photographers present) and inside that a folder for each camera. You could also create a naming convention in each camera that would make this step unnecessary. The key is making sure that no two files in the folder have the same name.
The next step in ensuring your photos are organized in the best way possible is adding additional metadata to further categorize them. Using your preferred software (I use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic), begin by keywording all of your images. Useful keywords include locations, techniques, times of year, clients names (don’t expect to remember all their names!) and the type of shoot. Mark the images that are your favorites from the shoot as well. I use flags in Lightroom for this. This is also the time to add GPS data or facial recognition if you use it. Your aim here should be to give yourself as many ways to find these images later as you can. Jared Platt’s class The Ultimate Lightroom CC Workflow is an excellent resource for this step.
If you’re exclusively using software such as Lightroom, you may not need to store edits outside the program itself as the changes you make to the image are stored in the program’s catalog file. However, if you’re creating new files using software like Adobe Photoshop, you will want to keep your edits nearby your originals in your folder structure. I recommend a sub-folder within the originals folder to make it easy to find them later on.
The most beautifully crafted file system may calm your O.C.D., but it won’t save your day if a drive becomes corrupted or outright fails on you. This is where you need to make a backup of everything. Don’t be fooled into thinking that your one external hard-drive is in any way, shape or form a backup. One drop, spill or thief and you’ll lose everything.
Two physical copies in different locations at a bare minimum is considered a backup. Even then, I would recommend adding some form of cloud backup to this as well. Check out A Photo Back-Up Guide: 4 Ways to Safeguard Your Images for more details on backup.
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AR Issues: The Digital Age Has Not Killed Craft, Only Restructured It The magazine you hold in your hand is the product of many: 16 writers, due to our inability to organize obsession than because of our lack of ability.
Liz Aitken has always had a knack for seeing and analyzing things in a different way. The Studio Art major was drawn to building things and solving problems, but didn’t see herself or those skills fitting into the tech industry.
“Growing up, I always thought the technology field was for a specific type of person, and I just assumed that I wasn’t one of those people,” says Aitken.
That is, until she worked on her art website and started to learn coding skills on her own. She enrolled in DigitalCrafts‘ Full-Stack Immersive program and was quickly attracted to the work and the tech community.
Aitken, who wants to work at a company that prioritizes philanthropic efforts, is presenting her React application to facilitate non-profit donations at the DigitalCrafts’ Demo Day this month. Get to know her as she shares her next project, which will connect her with family members around the world.
Why the interest in the technology field?
I was creating a new website for my artwork from a third-party site and needed to code a bit to achieve my desired result. Through that, I ended up falling down the rabbit hole that led me to DigitalCrafts and the desire to learn and build as much as I can.
It is an incredible field with a lot of potential for growth. Although it seems independent at first glance, in order to improve and build great things, collaboration is incredibly important in the tech community.
What tech projects have you worked on?
While at DigitalCrafts, I have had the pleasure of working on various projects, including a website called Traveling Tails. It optimizes traveling with one’s dog by locating pet-friendly locations around them. We accomplished this using a couple of different Google APIs.
One of my favorite projects to work on was an organizational application for non-profits. When I held the position of project manager, one of our pain points was organizing and updating our constantly-changing data, so I thought it would be great to build a tool to help with that. We used Express, PostgreSQL, and NodeJS.
What tools are essential to you as a developer?
Chrome dev tools have been essential for debugging and being able to measure exactly what is going on.
Although more of a practice, consistent console logging and good documentation has saved me a lot of time finding where something has gone wrong. Another tool that has been really helpful for database planning (and feature planning) has been DBDesigner.
How do you stay on-top of emerging trends?
Apart from reading great Medium and TechCrunch articles, I also use the Apple News app on my phone and receive up-to-date technology reads from various different sources.
One of the best ways to stay current is to talk with other developers and see what they have discovered or what they are working on. Atlanta has a great tech Meetup scene, so I try to take advantage of it.
What are your best technical or creative skills?
I think I am very much a big picture person. Since I enjoy taking something abstract and putting it into existence, I excel when planning out a project and knowing where to begin when approaching a problem.
Due to my creative background as an artist, I may be more adept in the front-end and have a feeling for certain design aspects, but I very much enjoy working with databases. Determining what an application should do or anticipating what information a user might need is important in that process and I really like building those connections.
What’s next on your list to learn?
One of the ways that I love to learn is through projects. I have a list of ideas I would love to build while learning another language. I’m also interested in building hardware or using tools like a Raspberry Pi or an Arduino.
One fun project on my list is a digital picture frame that would update with photos from multiple users so that I can stay better connected to my family (we live all over the world).
Are you interested in working for a startup, mid-sized company, or a corporate giant?
Each size of company has its own merits and challenges, and I believe I would be able to learn and contribute to any of them. For me, it’s less about the size of the company and more about the way the dev teams are run.
As a junior developer, I know that guidance is important and would love to have the opportunity to collaborate with those more experienced than I. I’m also really interested in a company that emphasizes giving back to the world or a non-profit where I might be able to aid in its mission.
Interested in looking at Liz’s credentials? Here you go! GitHub, Portfolio, and LinkedIn.
Building a tiny house, downsizing, organizing and simplifying are all time-consuming projects. Over the last several years, my tiny house journey has consumed a big chunk of my free time and focus. However, everyone needs a hobby or two, even when living in a small space.
Of course, I can only speak for myself and I realize not everyone enjoys the same great hobbies I do. Fun hobbies for me might not be the same as fun hobbies for you. So, explore these simple hobbies for small spaces and apply them to your own taste.
If there was an activity you enjoyed before you moved toward a minimalist way of living, chances are, you’ll still enjoy it. The only problem you face is that…well, hobbies often take up a lot of space.
I’ve known people with entire rooms dedicated to crafts: studios for art, sound rooms for recording and game rooms for playing. In a small space, you can still enjoy fulfilling and entertaining activities. If you’re looking for great hobbies to fit minimalist lifestyles, you simply need to shift your approach to your pastime of choice.
So before I get to the list of hobbies, here’s how to make almost any hobby work in a small space.
First and foremost, one of the keys to hobby success is staying organized. A huge, overflowing and messy workspace won’t fit into a minimalist lifestyle or a small space. If you love paper crafts, organize supplies into a small binder. If your hobbies involve computers and electronics, keep cords and supplies neatly tucked into a container or bin. Whatever your hobby, don’t neglect the organization of it.
When you finish a project—a piece of art, a completed puzzle or a sewing project—don’t’ keep all the leftover scraps. Donate them, trade them or give them away. Use up only what you need for the project at hand. Storing extra bits takes up too much space. Besides, many of us forget about these items when we’re ready to start the next project.
If you love model building, RPGs and fly tying, you may need to focus on one hobby at a time. Depending on your storage capacity and time constraints, it makes sense to focus your efforts in one area. This is a different mentality from the “I’m bored, move to the next source of entertainment,” approach many of us are familiar with. Instead of multitasking, mindfully focus on the single project at hand. This is what I’m trying to do this year, enjoy the hobbies I already have, not add new ones.
Look at the hobby you love and scale it to your space. If you play an instrument, is there a smaller version you’d like to explore (guitar to ukulele or cello to violin)? If you enjoy woodworking, learning to carve and whittle give you a similar sense of satisfaction on a smaller scale?
Depending on the climate, some great hobbies fit in very well outdoors. Taking your easel and paints outside, for example, could give you a new subject matter to explore and eliminate the stress and clutter of an indoor studio. Similarly, there are many great hobbies like birdwatching and geocaching that require time outside.
If you’re a creative person, share your finished project with others. Many people build models or paint large canvasses or design, with nowhere to store the finished project. If you’ve got a talent you want to share, consider donating your work once it’s completed. You could even set up an online store, but keep in mind, turning your hobby into a business may require even more time, space and energy.
If you’re looking for a satisfying hobby to pursue, consider the core value of what you already enjoy. For example, if you love to design and build, could you put those same skills to work by exploring culinary arts, making models or miniatures, or gardening? If you’re analytical, would you find puzzle games, escape rooms or web development interesting? Many hobbies use the same values and traits, in different applications.
Ready to get started with a new pursuit? Again, not every hobby fits every personality or aptitude, but here are some ideas for great hobbies that fit well with minimalist lifestyles and small spaces.
Gardening is one of the oldest hobbies. It’s extremely useful—growing plants and herbs for food or to beauty your home and yard. If you’re leasing property, you may not be able to plant a full garden (or if you’re living in a space without a yard). Fortunately, there are container gardens and even hydroponics that require very little space to produce a bounty. Start with a few plants on a windowsill and let your green thumb grow.
Similar to paper crafts, stitching and sewing are great hobbies that can also spiral out of control with supplies and projects. If you’re working on a textile craft in a small space, it’s important to stick to one project at a time, keep your supplies organized and only store what you need for the project at hand. When it comes down to it, needles, thread, yarn and felting tools don’t require a lot of space. It’s the yards of fabric and skeins of yarn that take over a space.
If you enjoy handicrafts and stitchery, consider embroidery, needle felting, tatting, and crochet, which use minimal supplies. Cross stitch is another fabric craft that doesn’t call for a lot of space. Tutorials on these projects are found on YouTube or Craftsy.
The world of culinary arts offers a wide hobby area to explore. While a small kitchen is a challenge, some chefs see it as an opportunity to really push themselves. The best part of cooking as a hobby is the end results are edible (and don’t require much storage). Hosting outdoor dinners to show off your creations is always an option if indoor entertaining doesn’t work for your space.
Areas to explore are food preservation like canning, dehydration, and pickling. Bread baking is another popular small-space culinary pursuit. If the science of food fascinates you, explore nutrition or even molecular gastronomy.
Woodworking and carpentry becomes a passion for many who build and craft their own home. Once the work is complete, you may realize continuing carpentry requires many supplies and large-scale storage. Rather than give up the skills, consider shifting your focus to small-scale woodworking. Whittling and wood carving are great hobbies that don’t require much space. The results of a skilled woodcarver’s work are truly stunning.
The world of gaming is huge and encompasses a vast number of interests. Not all games are perfect for minimalist lifestyles and small spaces, but many are. Role playing games (RPGs) require little more than a dice set and a group of friends. Board and card games are another excellent options. Check out the International Gamers Award winners, to find the best games. Chess is another great option for beginners.
Video games are another popular hobby. Most gaming units are relatively small, including handheld devices like the Nintendo Switch (which is a handheld and console unit) or the Sony PlayStation Vita. You can also get started playing video games on your phone or computer. Online gaming offers the option to play with others around the world, right from your own screen.
Writing is a fantastic minimalist hobby. As a blogger and writer, myself, I must admit it’s ideal for small spaces. You can write from anywhere—all you need is a laptop and an idea. Blogging, journaling, and creative writing are all great hobbies and getting started is easy!
If you’re living in a small, or minimalist space, you don’t need to give up your hobbies. With a few adjustments and modifications, you’ll enjoy plenty of great hobbies to fit your small-space lifestyle and help you relax and enjoy life.
Yoga, meditation, and spiritual exploration are excellent pursuits for small spaces. Many of these studies and practices help you explore your mind-body connection and learn to be present, connected and aware of your surroundings. Yet, most mindfulness pursuits require very little in the way of equipment or supplies. You can start with a book or by following yoga tutorial videos. You may also want to download a mindfulness app, such as Headspace.
Amateur or ham radio is a popular hobby that’s been around for many years. It’s a way to communicate with people around the world (English is the universal language of ham radio). Ham radio is also used for emergency communication, such as weather watching, so it’s a helpful hobby to learn. Because radio transmissions are sent internationally (and can receive communications from emergency personnel and law enforcement) the hobby is regulated by the International Telecommunication Union and licensure is required. Learn more from the ARRL (National Association for Amateur Radio).
Jewelry making covers a variety of great hobbies from beading, to lampwork and metalwork. Many jewelry makers start simply by creating necklaces and bracelets for themselves, friends and family. As the craft grows, you can move to more expensive mediums and a variety of substrates such as glass, acrylic, fine metals, jewels, and gemstones. Explore the classes available on sites like Craftsy to learn to create a wearable work of art.
Knot tying may seem like a dying art, but many people still enjoy learning knot tying and it’s particularly useful for sailing and outdoor survival. Believe it or not, there are thousands of knots and the oldest example of knot tying was used in a fishing net dated 8000 BC. You can use knot tying skills to for paracord tying; knots are also a key part of fly tying, both of which are great hobbies for minimalist spaces.
Leather goods hold up to years of use. You can create beautiful belts, bracelets, pouches, and bags out of leather. Large leather work requires quite a bit of space and larger tools, but on the small-scale leatherworking is a fun project for anyone. To get started in leatherworking, you may want to purchase a kit for a small item like a coin purse or bracelet and explore online videos and tutorials to help you get started.
Magic, card tricks, sleight of hand and optical illusions are fun for many people, but they often require practice. Fortunately, this practice doesn’t require much space or equipment. You can learn by watching simple YouTube videos or taking an online course. Professional card dealers often attend classes and even go to casino gaming school, but you’ll get far with regular practice and self-study.
The world of model building is huge and combines the art of sculpture, painting, and design as well as engineering. Model-makers create miniature replicas of everything from spaceships to ships-in-a-bottle. A popular model building area is in repainting and redesigning figures with incredible attention to detail. There are even conventions such as WonderFest USA to showcase and award top model-makers.
Similarly, creating miniatures, whether for a dollhouse, terrarium or simply a display is another small-scale hobby many people enjoy. Using polymer clay or other materials they recreate and “miniaturize” everyday items.
If music is your hobby, there are many ways to adapt your creative outlet to fit in a minimal space. Singing, music writing, and many instruments are still easily incorporated into many different sized homes and lifestyles. Of course, you may need to pare down a collection of instruments (and a piano is much harder to fit in a small space than a ukulele), but many people embrace music as a hobby.
Now, I can’t speak to this personally, but I’ve heard nail art is one of the preferred hobbies for women. Painting designs as part of a manicure or pedicure requires few supplies. Your fingers and toes are your canvas and nail artists get quite into their craft—some nail artists even add jewels to accent their designs.
When it comes to paper crafts, it’s a hobby that can quickly take over a space. After all, paper can result in a lot of clutter. Yet, there are ways to enjoy paper craft on a small scale. Origami (the art of paper folding) is one such example. Quilling, or paper rolling is another. When pursuing a hobby such as paper crafting, it’s important to remember the seven guidelines above to keep your supplies organized and only keep the project you’re working on at the time.
Of all the great hobbies for small spaces, photography is one of the easiest to pursue—particularly because of the advance of digital photography. With little more than a camera and photo editing software, you can capture and design incredible photographs. Learning how to alter and edit photos using Photoshop (or any free editing software) is another way to explore the hobby even further. Many of us carry a camera all the time, via our phone, so learning to take great photos is the next logical step.
Many hobbyists enjoy cracking codes, figuring out puzzles and playing logic games. While boxes of jigsaw puzzles may not fit with a minimalist lifestyle, there are plenty of digital puzzle games, books of crosswords, Sudoku and logic puzzles you can check out. If you enjoy forensics, check out Hunt a Killer, which is a monthly detective puzzle game.
Brain benders, meta, and wooden box puzzles are also a fun pursuit to stretch your brain and turn the gears. Rubik’s cubes and other combination puzzles will keep you occupied for hours. Similarly, lockpicking is a popular pursuit, where you apply the same techniques to locks (check out Locksport International for information on getting started).
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to pursue great hobbies is to do them outdoors. Outdoor hobbies can be split into two categories: active and leisure. On the active side, of course, the options are limitless but bear in mind, many outdoor hobbies require equipment: skiing, kayaking, golfing and so on. Fortunately, if there’s a hobby you really love, you can possibly rent the equipment to cut back on the need for extra storage.
A few outdoor pursuits that don’t require much in terms of supplies are swimming, jogging, running and hiking. Fishing, tennis, Frisbee golf, and even snorkeling is possible, provided you parse down the extra supplies you need to the bare minimum. Team sports like soccer, softball, and volleyball are other great options, where all you need are some friends and a ball to play.
Outdoor leisure pursuits include walking and spending time outdoors. You can enrich your outdoor exploration by including an element you wish to study, such as plant identification or birdwatching. Foraging for wild edibles is another hobby you can leisurely pursue outdoors.
Geocaching is a fun option many outdoor explorers enjoy. Geocaching is essentially a big outdoor treasure hunt using GPS. They keep a log book, recording whenever they discover an item (using GPS coordinates) in a cache. They take an item, leaving behind an item of greater value (items are typically small toys).
Perhaps the ultimate minimalist hobby, reading is a favorite pastime of many people. That said, books take up a lot of space. If you’re cutting back, downsizing and decluttering, you may want to sell your used books as you finish them. Other options for avid readers are using an eReader (like a Nook or Kindle) or borrowing books from the library. Check your neighborhood for Little Free Libraries as well—you can drop off and pick up books any time. If reading is your preferred pastime, you can easily enjoy it and still embrace a minimalist lifestyle.
On the DIY building side, Raspberry PI is a small programmable computer that’s a lot of fun for beginners. Arduino, is a micro-controller motherboard popular in the DIY computing community. If you’re interested in computer technology, it can become an excellent and even lucrative hobby.
Similar to photography, videography and recording works well with a small, minimalist space, provided the hobby stays on the small scale. Cameras like the GoPro Hero are used to film some really fun videos with very little extra equipment needed.
If you enjoy making videos, you could start a YouTube channel and vlog, or record tutorial videos for others (those who are camera shy, may prefer to explore podcasting instead). There are a vast number of topics and ideas for videos, so the options are endless. If video and filmmaking is high on your interest list, you could also try your hand at digital or stop-motion animation.
Visual artists often worry they’ll need to give up their art if they move toward a minimalist lifestyle. After all, tubes of paint, easels, and brushes can take over a space pretty quickly. If art is your outlet and one of your preferred hobbies, consider drawing and sketching which are more portable and only require a notebook and graphite.
Other options for visual artists are to explore the world of graphic design. Apply your art skills in the digital world and learn to create on a computer. You could also do micro portfolio work. Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) and ACEOs (Art Cards Editions and Originals) are miniature works of art measuring 2.5” x 3.5” and they’ve become quite popular. Many artists swap them online and at swap events. The collectors market is rising for these miniature treasures.
I’ve seen brewing listed time and time again as a suggested hobby for homesteaders and tiny lifers. It’s interesting because brewing wine and beer (and fermenting drinks such as kombucha) can take up quite a bit of space. Homebrewing also has specific temperature and sanitation requirements and it can give off a smell you may find overpowering in a small space.
If you’re a hobbyist who loves homebrewing or the culture of beer, wine, and spirits, you may want to explore other areas of the beverage field. Wine pairing, beer tasting, and appreciation can become quite a fun and pleasurable hobby. Bartending and learning mixology is another great area of focus. Not only can you learn a (possibly) marketable skill but it’s useful knowledge for many situations.
Floral arranging is a beautiful and useful hobby, particularly if you enjoy growing flowers in a garden, or have access to fresh flowers. Flowers are temporary, and the arrangement is enjoyed for a while and then transitioned to a different look. The short-term aspect of flowers makes floral arranging a good option for those who live the tiny life. One place to get started is by exploring Ikebana, the traditional Japanese style of flower arranging.
Amateur astronomy doesn’t require much equipment or setup, other than a telescope and a notebook. If you live in a rural area (away from city light) this is a fascinating hobby where you can really explore the universe. Sky & Telescope is a great place to get started.
By Ryan Mitchell on May 1, 2018 / Life Style, Minimalism
Tags: Life Style, Minimalism, Minimalist, minimalist hobbies, simple living, small space, Tiny Living
I decided the try out the software not to organize my digital photos at this time however (we'll save that for January 1, ), but to get all those.
A year ago I was driving for Uber and selling things on eBay to support my growing family. My plan was to become a software engineer but the obstacles were enormous. I had no college credits, no coding experience, and no time to waste. Choosing a coding boot camp was a big decision. I finally went with DigitalCrafts as they offered a cutting-edge curriculum and had great reviews. My first day in class I looked around the room. It was full of smart, committed people who were eager to learn. The energy of the students and staff was palpable. I knew I had made the right choice. The next four months were intense. The pace was fast and a couple times I felt overwhelmed, but each weekend I found myself impatient for Monday. I spent happy hours coding, collaborating on projects and playing ping pong. I had many conversations with the entrepreneurs and developers who shared Atlanta Tech Village. Weeks after graduation, one of the entrepreneurs hired me to build a React web app. This allowed me to hone my skills as I continued applying for a permanent position. Three months later, my job search is complete. This morning I accepted a Software Engineer position at an amazing company. Thanks to DigitalCrafts, my future and the future of my family is looking up. I am grateful to the many friends I made on this adventure: my teacher, Jonathan Martin, the founders and staff at DigitalCrafts, my fellow classmates, the students from earlier and later cohorts, and every senior engineer who kindly shared their tips and experience.
I learned so much in just 16 weeks! Your final project is a full-stack app. I came in with a basic understanding of HTML and CSS, and I'm so proud of all the projects I created while attending DigitalCrafts. Th entire staff is really knowledgable and helpful, and they really care about helping each student find a job. The Career Week was super helpful: they reviewed our resumes, portfolios, and LinkedIn accounts as well as setup mock interviews for us. DigitalCrafts does a great job and seeing wants skills are in demand and teaching those, as well as finding job opportunities to share.
I'm really happy with this program. They teach really great tech and it's lots of fun and challenging. I also like that this bootcamp is 16 weeks long. Some are only 12, and I can't tell you how much better I am today than I was just four weeks ago. Great place. I learned so much and am so excited to have been a student here.
I had a good experience at DigitalCrafts and gained a great deal of knowledge that I did not have despite holding a "Software Development Degree in Java" prior to joining the bootcamp. It is really smart that the program is not stricted to teaching students coding only, but other essential skills that every software engineer should know including: pair and team programming, interviews' practice, logic and problem solving, and also learning other technologies that are being used in the industry like github and its git commands, AWS and many other things. They also provided students with lots of help in finding jobs and keeping them posted on the job market. Serviced the students to have and reflect a professional image in order to land a job. If there is one thing that I'd like to see differently at DigitalCrafts! that would be providing another stack to teach such as .NET, C# & Angular. And that would give the enrolling students more options to choose from. Lastly, DigtialCrafts was probably the best choice I have ever made in my professional career as it helped me in landing my dream job on my last week of the course.
Answered by Abdullah Alani on May 23rd, 2018
I finished a Full Stack Immersive Program in May 2018 in Atlanta. It was an awesome experience. The stuff was very helpful and supportive. Of course, it was challenging, but the instructors were always there for me. If you're committed and ready to put some extra work after class, you'll find this bootcamp an amazing learning opportunity. Highly recommend! I would genuinely like to thank everyone in DigitalCrafts, but especially Jonathan Martin for answering all of my 'WHY?!'
If you’ve spent a good amount of time preparing for a coding bootcamp, and know exactly what you’re wanting to get out of it, then don’t think twice about signing up. Put both feet in and you won’t regret your decision. Realize that nearly any bootcamp across the country will expose you to similar technologies and that you’ll only scratch the surface of each topic. There's only so much you can cover in 3-4 months. What you’re mainly getting is the structure of everyday practice in a collaborative, supportive, and social environment. There were times during the program that I questioned my decision of enrolling and what value I was actually getting out of it. Most if not all that we learn is available to us online for free, but the momentum to keep going is not. Sometimes that’s all that I needed to continue pushing through roadblocks. Additionally, the opportunity to work with other classmates on projects was a valuable experience that is difficult achieve through the self-taught path. It can’t be stressed enough that preparation before enrolling will only multiply what you get out of the program. Additionally, don’t expect anyone to hold your hand. The lecture is barely 2-3 hours and the rest of the day you’re primarily on your own. Learning to become independent is only going to make you a stronger developer. Your level of success is strictly determined by the amount of hard work you put into it. Lastly, a lot of prospective students I met were concerned that they didn’t have the background appropriate for this sort of a program. I studied Anthropology & Philosophy as my undergraduate degree which has no relation to software development whatsoever. However, what every successful student at DigitalCrafts has in common is the willingness and determination to work hard and succeed. No review is complete without some feedback on the program: • I would make the pre-course work more challenging, and use the first month to cover more in-depth topics instead of covering the same material as pre-course work. The first three weeks were sort of redundant after having prepared for this program. • Incorporate daily algorithm toy problems. I believe this is covered by the CS elective, but it would still be good to warm up before the day starts with a short toy problem sprint. This would also make a great opportunity for pair programming. • Offer more electives that focus on UI/UX, and spend more time on GitHub, and launching/hosting our projects. • Help students establish coding best practices. Writing clean code is something prospective employers will look for in a candidate, so knowing the good and the bad of clean code early on would have been helpful. • Offer more diverse assignments. The majority of what we practiced building were to-do lists. • Consider changing ‘Career Week’ to ‘Career Days’ that are incorporated throughout the program. This would give us more time to polish our resumes, portfolios, etc. throughout the entire program instead of cramming it all into one week. • Lastly, I would encourage the instructor to be more involved in the students' success. The instructor checked in with us during the first few weeks during lab hours, but throughout the rest of the program they were just made available to students for questions following lecture. I think there's a lot more to gain from having an instructor there full-time. Learn and connect with your students to understand who they are and what their professional goals are.
I have found the DigitalCrafts bootcamp to be a powerfully positive experience. You will learn quite a lot in short time span. In addition to the teachings, DC offers a lot of job support and you can tell they really care about your success as a software developer.
My time at DigitalCrafts was mostly interesting and fun. There were a lot of hurdles and and bumps in the road along the way but the experience gained was worth it. The curriculum is fast paced and you will have to put in a lot of hard work in order to succeed. Make sure you do the prework! There is a reason calls to do the prework is written in a lot of the reviews. Overall, my time at DigitalCrafts helped me gain friendships with my classmates and set the foundation for a career in web development. The job support is decent. They will review your resume and portfolio along with other facets of your online presence and give you helpful tips so that you can maximize your exposure to potential employers. However, the Houston area isn’t as in demand as other places with tech job markets. If you are willing to relocate you will have an advantage in possibly finding a job sooner so it is something to consider before starting the course. In closing, I would highly recommend DigitalCrafts as a way to launch your career as a Developer. Jason is easy to talk to and my instructor Azam has many years of experience and will give a lot of helpful tips on how to prepare better for the job search as well as teaching the different technologies and languages.
Answered by Brandon Bates on March 23rd, 2018
DigitalCrafts was a fantastic experience from the get go. One of the things I liked the most about them was their communication and transparency. From the moment I applied, Jason (Campus Director) was always very accesible to answer questions and quick to respond to my phone calls or emails. I also liked how upfront he was about the program. I never felt like he was sugar coating or overselling anything about it, or that he was looking to just "fill seats". There was a genuine effort to screen potential students out that were not the correct fit, and find ones that understood the most important thing about this or any bootcamp. You will only get out of it what you put in, and because of that my class was filled with like minded and hard working students, which was just as invaluable as anything else DigitalCrafts offered.
Answered by Michael BAxter on March 23rd, 2018
DigitalCrafts is a good bootcamp for those who need a jumping off point for a career in code. The instructors don't baby you and expect you to work as hard as they do. I would recommend this bootcamp for those who need a little help getting into the developer mindset, as well as those lacking in motivation or experience to teach themselves.
Answered by Kaitlin Bowman on March 22nd, 2018
Digital Crafts was one of the best decisions I've made in my life. They really care about your success in this field and they help you every step of the way. Although you can find a lot of the information online I think that with the experience from the Digital Crafts team they are able to give you that extra leg up and an ability to go out and learn more on your own. I'm still looking for a job but with my knowledge now I feel confident enough to land a position and continue my growth as a software developer. Also, Azam is an awesome teacher if you are planning on going there definitely get Azam as your teacher you will learn so much.
Answered by braden schiller on March 20th, 2018
Answered by Andrew Keller on March 16th, 2018
DigitalCrafts was a great experience for me overall. I was a true beginner when it came to coding and computer science, I started coding about 2-3 months before the first day of class. Those 2-3 months I felt like I had learned a solid amount through self teaching, but it was absolutely nothing compared to the amount of knowledge I have gained through this four month course. Paul who was the teacher for our cohort did a fantastic job and is very knowledgable in all of the topics covered and more and there wasn't a single problem that I had that he could not solve. That is where I believe the value of the class truly lies. When you are trying to self teach yourself coding (especially if you're a true beginner), then you will inevitably run into many problems and get stuck often. While you could try for hours to push through the problems, sometimes you just won't be able to figure out the problem. Having someone who can clearly explain to you what the problem and solution is really does help a lot and I feel like that was very beneficial to accelerate the learning process. Also, having a structured course outline that covers many of the skills that are in demand in the job market was great too, as I would have been pretty lost trying to learn these topics on my own and may have take well over a year to do it on my own. I think DigitalCrafts is an exceptional school and in my opinion the best investment I have made in my life up to this point and I am feeling great about what the future holds for me with my newly gained skills.
Answered by Shahram Ghassemi on January 12th, 2018
Overall, it has been a great experience. The program is challenging, intensive, and covers a wide range of technologies useful in the job market. I found it so crucial to apply extra self study practices throughout the program to keep up and retain everything being taught. It can be so easy to fall behind otherwise. The Houston campus is still pretty new, and seems to be working the little kinks out. There's still room for improvement in the curriculum pace and structure. Career assistance didn't meet my expectations, but may be different for the Atlanta campus since there seems to be more staff at that location focused on that aspect and seem to have more company relationships established. Individual student success still, as expected, falls on each one’s shoulders and depends on your background, and willingness to apply themselves. Additional note: I did not find my cohort's elective (Computer Science) offering to be worth the additional money with other valuable programs available, nor the time to take on additional coursework with the existing load.
I can't rave enough about my experience at DigitalCrafts! Chris is one of the absolute best instructors I've ever had. His explanations are not only super thorough, but also very entertaining. He never hesitates exploring new topics if students are curious. He is also the most patient and non-judgmental person I've met. Even if you have the most basic question or issue in your code, he is more than happy to walk you through it and is never patronizing. Chris is also very encouraging if you're interested in branching off and learning technologies for your projects outside the React, Node, Express, PostgreSQL stack they teach during the program. He is extremely knowledgeable about a wide variety of technologies and is always eager to help you research any in the rare case he is unfamiliar with it. The admin team is super personable, supportive, and on top of everything. They get to know, and care about each of their students personally and are always happy to connect you with employers and potential opportunities. They provide resume and portfolio reviews, invite guest speakers to recruit for their companies, organize field trips, and set you up with real client-facing work with local nonprofits for group projects. If the program offers any elective courses (after the main 9-5 sessions), I recommend taking those as well. I took the computer science fundamentals class with Tamby and it was very beneficial not only for interview prep, but also increasing my sense of confidence in my CS skills. I am so grateful to have learned all that I did during the past 4 months, and to have made lifelong friends. If you get the opportunity to study at DigitalCrafts, I highly recommend doing it. It's a lot of hard work but it will change your life for the better.
I would strongly recommend DigitalCrafts as a coding bootcamp in Atlanta! In sixteenish weeks, I learned so much more about web and app development than I thought I would, or would’ve been able to learn alone. If you want to become a software developer, this is a great program— it’s still a short amount of time for the breadth of concepts and technologies you cover, but I feel like by the end, I have a sense of how much I don’t know, and a strong foundation to help me figure out exactly what I need to keep learning. I think there were several times during the program where I felt a little split between priorities such as 1) Writing job application materials and applying to jobs. 2) Staying afloat the current curriculum in the class. After week three, we started learning two (if not more?) technologies every week. 3) Cementing understanding of concepts from previous weeks. 4) Going to tech events around Atlanta (shout out to Women Who Code ATL and Girl Develop It) We started out with eighteen people in our cohort and ended with fourteen. I think six of us out of the fourteen ended the cohort with jobs. I think it might be helpful for prospective students to know that the students who ended up dropping out of our cohort were older than the majority of the cohort (mid-to-late 20s), and left to take care of family or health. The bootcamp experience itself requires a lot of dedicated time outside class-- of which prospective students should definitely be aware. For example, in the evenings after class, especially during project periods, it wasn’t uncommon for me to be at Atlanta Tech Village from 9am to 8pm. I think my cohort also had a collectively competitive, go-getter-y attitude, which I think is why so many of us found employment before the end. I was also enrolled in the Computer Science Fundamentals Elective covering algorithms and data structures-- important content and Tamby was a great instructor, but I think the timing from 5:30pm to 7:30pm (after a full day at DigitalCrafts from 9am to 4pm)-- was a little too much for me. I was always really tired by the time the elective rolled around, and didn't absorb as much of the content that I wanted to. I personally felt that I learned most when I was writing code with other students for our group projects than I did when following along with lecture on my own. But having access to Chris Aquino, our super helpful and super-experienced lead instructor, for questions about structure/what to do next/or troubleshooting— was 100% worth the tuition. While it would be possible to learn the same things we learned at DigitalCrafts using a Udemy course or free online resources, it would be much slower going without awesome real live humans around to help troubleshoot. Certain bugs in my code that could take me hours to work through alone could take just fifteen minutes working with Chris. I’m super glad that I chose DigitalCrafts and I can’t wait to start my role as a junior software engineer next week!
Answered by Nat Ventura Villasana on October 19th, 2017
I am an incredibly indecisive person. Before attending DigitalCrafts, I had a solid job with the federal government, where I could have potentially stayed for the rest of my career. Even though I really enjoyed the software development courses I was completing after work, it was difficult for me to take that leap, quit my job, and start a coding bootcamp. Given the option to go back in time, I wouldn't change a thing. For any of you in a similar situation, know that DigitalCrafts is the real deal. You will truly learn how to program. Be aware that it is not easy. You will not magically become a programmer just by attending class. You will have to sacrifice much of your free time, come in early, stay late, ask questions, and, above all else, code. We were the first cohort taught by our instructor, Chris Aquino. Chris is incredibly intelligent, thoughtful, and endlessly patient. I was always amazed by the time he took to answer all students' questions. He was very thorough, often researching topics on his own time when he didn't know the answers. Most importantly, he allowed us to explore. He never told us directly what code to write, always giving us just enough information so we could figure it out on our own. I also took the CS elective taught by Tamby Kojak. It is admittedly taxing to be in class Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm (we often arrived earlier and stayed later) and take an additional course for two hours on Tuesday and Thursday nights, but it is worth it if you think you can absorb the information. Like Chris, Tamby is also a very knowledgeable, patient instructor. Oftentimes the elective class is smaller than the general cohort, so it is nice to have more one-on-one time with the instructor and learn coding principles from the perspective of a different experienced developer. However, if you know you'll be exhausted after class, it might be best just to study algorithms and data structures on your own time. DigitalCrafts does as much as they can to assist you in your job search. There is a dedicated staff member who reviews resumes, cover letters, portfolios, and LinkedIn pages even after graduation. Jake from DigitalCrafts often posts hot job leads and will sometimes even send out resumes directly to potential employers with whom he has connected. Students are given time to work on their portfolios, resumes, etc. during the 16 weeks. There are also various guest speakers, like HR reps from companies and other software developers, throughout the program. If you've begun exploring software development and think it is the right path for you, don't hesitate, DigitalCrafts will help you make that transformation.
Answered by Sarah Abbey on October 19th, 2017
As someone who was in the middle of getting a CS degree, I decided to take the leap and join DigitalCrafts to jump-start my development career. At first, I was a bit wary of taking the leap and putting my degree progression on hold, however after finishing the program I can happily say it was a move I do not regret at all. The amount you learn in the 16 weeks is almost incompressible, but the way everything is arranged makes the flow of learning very smooth. Everyone there is ready and willing to help and Chris, our instructor, was great. Made the material fun and gave us enough freedom to learn the way we wanted to. Very few things in life can change your life for the positive in just 4 months, If me, 4-months ago, saw me, now, I wouldn't believe the things I know to do. If anyone is even interested, I would say schedule a walk around the campus with DigitalCrafts and see for your self. It is an experience I am more than happy have taken. Also, the Atlanta Tech Villiage is a great area to have school, the environment feels great and you really get a vibe for the start-up industry.
Answered by Aaron Sosa on October 18th, 2017
Answered by Stephanie Asmar on October 17th, 2017
As testimonials go, I'd like to share how I came to this juncture and the helpful hints I learned along the way. Before I commited to DigitalCrafts, I researched dozens of coding bootcamps. My reccomendation is for you to do the same. Pick up the phone and call them. That's was the beginning of my relationship with DigitalCrafts. From there, I met to discuss my goals and reservations. DigitalCrafts answered candidly and supportively. I was actually interested in attending a earlier cohort but reached a mutual understanding that the cohort I ended up joining was the best financial decision for me. Another huge decision was the location. The Atlanta Tech Village is the fourth largest tech hub in the country and constantly connecting students with the heart of tech culture and opportunities in Atlanta. It's a creative space for entrepreneurs and business to come together to create amazing things. Rooftop lounges, nap rooms, a gym, free coffee and beer certainly don't hurt either! If you're like me, that's not why you're paying for the in-person experience though. You benefit from lecture, one on one explanations and working on teams to achieve ambitious goals. Hands down, this has been my favorite part of my DigitalCrafts experience. You will come to appreciate the vast amounts of knowledge you have to learn from your instructor and may be surprised to discover what you can learn from your peers as well. Knowing the team as well as I do, this speaks to their core values and philosophy. It's Mom-and-Pop style bootcamp experience. The key to doing well in this or any bootcamp is understanding that you get out of the experience what you put into it. DigitalCrafts can't magically turn you into a software engineer but they can give you every necessary tool and instruction needed to become one. If you decide you're interested and get accepted, I can't emphasize enough how imperative the preliminary course-work is. Do not make the mistake of blowing these assignments off. They are necessary preparation and a good indicator of what you can expect in the first weeks of the course. When you're in the thick of it, remember, it's a marathon, not a sprint. If you're up for the challenge, DigitalCrafts may be for you!
After leaving my finance job to transition into tech I was nervous about which coding school to attend. I have to honestly say in hindsight choosing DigitalCrafts was by far and large the best decision of the bunch. My instructor Chris was one of the best teachers I have ever had across any discipline. He is incredibly smart, thoughtful, and helpful. The sixteen week program was also a huge benefit. Given that I was starting from only a self-study programming background, with no formal education, the extra time spent working with Chris and my fellow classmates was crucial. I can honestly say I learned a ton during my time here. I was also fortunate to receive a job offer to be a Software Engineer in week 14 of the 16 week program, to cap off an overall excellent experience.
Answered by Thomas D on October 11th, 2017
As my bootcamp is winding down after an intensive 16 weeks I'm beginning to realize how much I am going to miss DigitalCrafts. It has been one of the most fun and beneficial experiences of my life. Never have I been forced to learn so much in such a short period of time. Our instructor has been incredible. I am constantly amazed at his ability to teach us complicated subjects as well as help us troubleshoot our own projects. He is hands down one of the most patient people I have ever met. He was always willing to take as much time as needed to help you figure out a problem. DigitalCrafts dedicates time to help you make a portfolio and get it polished to send to employers. Their job placement assistance has been very helpful and I'm extremely grateful for the help they've given. It is currently a week before graduation and 5 of my classmates have received offers already. I'm extremely pleased with my decision to attend DigitalCrafts!
Answered by Tim Brady on October 11th, 2017
Answered by Katie L on October 10th, 2017
I decided the try out the software not to organize my digital photos at this time however (we'll save that for January 1, ), but to get all those.