Web Designer for West Liberty University, Office of Marketing and Brand Management
BFA – Columbus College of Art and Design – (painting/sculpture)
MFA – Indiana University of Pennsylvania – (sculpture/painting
Q: What are your responsibilities as a Web Designer?
A: Sometimes there is a blurry line separating the role of a developer and designer. Those responsibilities/goals can also range from being very general and abstract, to being very specific and task oriented, to the point where having a conversation about these responsibilities can be confusing sometimes, even to people who have been doing this for a while.
Q: What is your favorite thing about your job so far?
A: I get to work with some super-smart people. I also get to apply much of my experience and skill to help students and future-students of West Liberty University, find their way to the educational experience of their choice. I have worked as a digital marketing director, web designer and other positions, in post-secondary education and in commercial agencies. But, using those skills to help people who are in one of the most pivotal transitions of their lives (18-25 ish (figuring out what they’re going to do as they enter adulthood)) is a great opportunity.
Web Design is very much “behind the scenes” when compared to a role such as that of a teacher. But if a digital product is designed well and is accessible to its audience, it can make a big difference in the lives of the people that use it.
Q: Are you involved in anything else on campus?
A: Not currently – I’ve been here 1.5 months. But we’ll see what happens.
Q: What are some of your favorite hobbies?
A: I guess I’m a reader. I’ve been told that I read a lot, but I wouldn’t say that I’m one of those “voracious” types. Right now I’m sort of in the middle of 2 books edited by Umberto Eco, History of Beauty and On Ugliness. They’re the kind of books that you can sort of open any- where and find golden nuggets inside wherever you start reading. I find learning about authors, their work and influences to be interesting. That applies to art and music as well. If I wasn’t really into Al Di Meola’s music, I wouldn’t have found out about Astor Piazzolla or Dino Saluzzi; two other composer/musicians whose work I’ve learned about, and become a fan of. That also goes for the long list of visual artists whose work I’m into as well. A bit tangential for web design, but I think it relates in some way.
Q: Any fun facts you`d like to share?
A: I used to teach web design, other art history and design related course material, a long time ago. I have often found that people who had the highest opinion of their own work, needed more practice. But, there were many people I’ve met who had a very low outlook of their own skill level, or self-perceived creativity. This latter group often worked harder, strategized better and produced some of the most inspiring results.
There’s a huge misconception in our culture about creativity. We’re taught that if someone plays a musical instrument well, or can draw something that looks like a camera photographed it, that that person is highly creative, and that those traits don’t apply to someone who is involved in math, science or some other field. You can’t survive if you’re not engaging your creativity in some way and applying your ingenuity.