'Doing what I like to do best'

Adnan Islam | Update:

Adnan IslamToday I am working at the Time Magazine as a senior designer, the most influential magazine in the US. It was not easy to this position. 

As a child, I actually wanted to become a peanut vendor! I loved my school playground more than school itself. My parents thought I was rather hopeless.

I did not do very well in my HSC exam, so there was little chance of my studying at a public university, let alone a public medical college. But my parents really wanted me to become a doctor. They said I should get admitted to a private medical college.

 

I was totally against this. I hated the sight of blood. I got admitted to East West University and studied Computer Science there. During my university days I used to spent time photo editing and dabbling in animation. After that I started working with a little HTML and animation and caught the attention of Bijoy online. Then I went overseas with a three-year web designing experience.

I came to New York on the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV Program). It was difficult to get a job in New York. After struggling for years, I got this chance to work with Time Magazine. Now I and two others are redesigning time.com website. Hopefully we will complete working on time.com, money.com, fortune.com, time4kids.com as well.

This work has become a passion now. But I still believe nut selling is good idea!

*The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition is rewritten in English by Sitesh Kumar Saha.

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