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121 With Sam Kapila

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Sam Kapila

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Sam is the director of academic ops and diversity at The Iron Yard.

Show Description

This week we were joined by Sam Kapila. Sam teaches at Texas State University, focusing mainly on Responsive Web Design and Typography.

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  • As much as I understand it, generally all work is property of the designer unless you were working as an employee of the company or your contract says the work becomes property of the client at some point after you’re done (usually work for hire). IP doesn’t automatically pass onto the client because money changed hands.

    The other part of having a good contract in place is liability. Without knowing how much money is at stake, if you’re working without a contract, get one setup now and make sure your liability is covered. You don’t want the new designer guy pointing a finger saying “well your code was broken when I got it” and the client somehow now wants you to fix it because you wrote it even if it’s beyond the scope of what you originally did. That’s why getting worked signed off as “completed” is important.

    Go read Design is a Job by Mike Monteiro and check out his “fuck you pay me” creative mornings talk. Has really good tips on contracts and it’s a great book in general.

  • For the question at 12:50:

    I totally skipped college and just started working without a degree. If you have the drive you can totally skip out on college IF you would like to. I do feel like I’m missing out on some fun college shenanigans but that’s a small side effect to the route I chose to take.

    One quote that has stuck with me recently is “code talks, bullshit walks”.

  • Re 12:50:

    My experience is that I went to traditional college and got a liberal arts degree at UT-Austin in Economics (kinda quantitative) and Latin American Studies (kinda fluffy). Worked for a couple years and then did a codecamp here in Austin called Makersquare. I loved both educational experiences and I know they both made me a brighter, better person. At UT, I made life-long friends, studied what I was passionate about, and was really involved with extracurriculars. Makersquare provided me with a technical skill that is more valuable in the job market and I also truly learned how to learn at MKS, like @SamKap talked about.

    If I were just graduating high school, like you’re listener, I would still get a liberal arts degree and take as many classes on programming and web development as my schedule would allow either through the university itself, at a codeschool, or online. I think it’s a nice balance to have both experiences.

  • thanks guys!

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