Pete's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Being You

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Portland, OR

PETE DENMAN

UX Designer
Intel

“After my accident, all that anyone expected from me was to breathe...so all I could do from there was go higher.”

INTERESTS:

Design Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Perseverance Conflict Struggle Societal Pressures Confidence Determination Courage Experience Community

FOUNDATION:

Problem-Solving

TAGS:

ADHD, challenges, college, community, design, difficulties, dyslexia, education, failure, high school, learning disability, pain, programming, shame, Societal Pressure, society, struggle, success, technology, thrive

BIOGRAPHY:

  • He failed the third grade, and after years of struggling with reading, he was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was in the seventh grade.
  • He gave up on school, and to avoid figuring out what to do with his life, he started partying.
  • In 1988, when he was twenty years old, he broke his neck in a diving accident and was left without the use of any of his limbs.
  • Says no one expected anything from him after that; they barely expected him to breathe.
  • It took him 2-3 years to recover, but he saw it as an opportunity to reset and start his life over.
  • After his recovery, he went back to high school, got his diploma, then went on to college; he graduated when he was thirty years old.
  • He got his degree in graphic design and now works as a UX designer at Intel.
  • One of his most notable projects was redesigning the user interface of Stephen Hawking’s revolutionary computer system.

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