"We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible."
An active participant in the Bay Area’s art & design community for the past decade, I am adept at virtually every type of visual communication, from fine art to digital media. I have held numerous design positions, having designed an array of creative solutions for both established and start-up companies alike, including corporate branding, marketing campaigns, interactive online materials, and direct mail.
The role of the web designer is no longer to serve as an artist, merely conducting graphic design work. The web designer today has evolved into a full-service, one-stop shop, in regards to all web related projects. Not only must web designers today be creative, they also need to be business savvy, multidisciplinary and technologically proficient experts in graphic arts, animation, programming languages, systems administration and psychology. Web design is no longer a skill: it is a science.
As an internet user with such high expectations, I am constantly updating my skill set--keeping up with the latest and emerging technologies--in order to uphold standards compliant web development. Sharing this passion has translated seamlessly into the classroom.
In just a year, teaching has challenged me on how to breed creativity within each one of my students through various learning methods, from in-class lectures and follow-along coursework, to my personal online tutorial videos as well as one-on-one work sessions. I have found the greatest satisfaction in helping my students create a more immersive online environment by bringing interactivity to their projects and focusing on human-computer interaction. Participating in an educated dialogue on the evolution of art multimedia design through commonplace technologies in an academic atmosphere has proven to be inspiring to both my students and myself.