I’ve always been a creative thinker. Case in point: my first doll was dubbed “Windowblaze”. But as the haze of three-year-old-dom evaporated, what was left was a passion for smart, creative, beautiful ways to tackle a problem. I grew up in a family that celebrated every aspect of creativity as well as the work ethic of a Clydesdale (maybe not a Budweiser Clydesdale, those guys are always drunk and kissing puppies). Music, art, literature and theater were daily topics of conversation – but always alongside my dad’s personal credo: “Do what you say you’re going to do, when you say you’re going to do it, and do it right the first time.“
Although I was always a good student, my art classes were my favorite – the chunk of my day when I could relax and stretch my creative legs. It was a natural progression to continue to study art as I moved on to higher education at Drexel University, where I earned my Bachelor’s of Science (yes, science) in Graphic Design with an Art History track. While my friends were spending hours in the library memorizing facts and equations, my all-nighters were spent painting, constructing, revising, printing, and assembling my various projects. While they wrote endless papers and theses, my final thesis was a fully designed and bound book design on Victorian Calling Cards.
After graduating, I worked (and continue to work) on numerous freelance jobs – but landed a full time gig at Sides Media, a small but quickly growing web agency in Northeast Philadelphia. The atmosphere allowed me to work on every kind of project, from branding and print pieces, to billboards, to email marketing design and deployment and web design & user-interfaces. All the while, I developed a moderate level of skill in HTML and CSS, even dabbling in jQuery and the very basics of ASP and PHP. After four years doing straight design, I naturally progressed into a more organizational and managerial role, becoming the company’s Project Manager. Taking this position on at a smaller agency meant I was able to still do design work while also fulfilling my PM duties.
In addition to my full-time work and freelance design projects, I spend my creative free time helping friends and family with their personal design needs, mostly weddings and other social events.