I graduated from King's College and have a degree in Mass Communications & Media Technologies, with a Graphic Design emphasis. I joined the Web Team at Marywood in March of 2010.
Working at Marywood has been a great experience. I really enjoy the group office setting we have, as well as helping all of our hard working content editors. My ultimate goal is to find ways make their lives a little easier. If you haven't had a chance to meet me yet, feel free to give me a call or shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I enjoy a good conversation, jokes, and witty euphemisms.
What I do...
I am a graphic designer, and help web content editors at Marywood with the visual aspects of their department web pages. In Mark's words, I make things "look pretty." Over the years, I've also learned a lot of new skills to help out our content editors and make the website as easy to update as possible.
For the past 12+ years, I’ve worked hands-on in the design industry. My work experience includes:
- An ecommerce website design company. While working here, I designed over 200 online stores. Many were in the Internet Retailer Top 500 and sold everything from baby clothes, pet supplies, candy, sports gear, and even diamond jewelry! I even worked on websites for The Michael J. Fox Foundation, The Lance Armstrong Foundation, and The Muhammad Ali Center. I won three design recognition awards while I worked there, and also wrote articles and tutorials for their magazine, EBiz Insider.
- A Marketing agency. I was the sole designer, and our agency served as an "in-house marketing department for many businesses in the area, including the Greater Hazleton Health Alliance (and the hospital, and all the doctors within). I designed advertisements, websites, billboards, catalogs, business cards, flyers, brochures -- anything you can think of. I also assisted in on-site professional video and photo shoots.
- Small business owner. I design Wordpress websites for small businesses in the Scranton area. I also help startups and entrepreneurs with any other services they need to get started, like business cards, logo design, set up of analytics and other Google programs, and more!
I live in Old Forge and have two pets. Sally is my rescued puppy/mutt, and Quincy is my tabby cat. I enjoy working on my house, DIY projects, landscaping, gardening, and creating art. I also write a DIY home renovation blog and sell handmade picture frames (we have an Etsy shop too).
My Favorite Resources & Tools
Color Story (App). Amazing photo editing app with over 100 filters and over 20 fine adjustment tools similar to Photoshop, including curves. Save your favorite options as an action to apply to multiple photos.
Pexels. Free (beautiful) stock photography.
Photo Editor: PIXLR (Web/App). Edit your photos online, no download necessary.
Stock Photos: Creative Commons. Offers convenient access to Creative Commons search services. Try Wikimedia Commons for media files (images, audio, video, etc.) to which anyone can contribute, and Pixabay for great stock photos.
VSCOCam (App). The standard of mobile photography. VSCO is the premier way to shoot, edit, and share your photographs. Easily apply filters, adjust exposure, etc.
Wordle. Make your own word cloud and customize the design and colors!
Web Design is 95% Typography. Optimizing typography is optimizing readability, accessibility, usability(!), overall graphic balance.
Google Sites. Create a free website, wiki, or an internal document repository right from your Marywood e-mail account.
Photo Editor: PicMonkey (Web/App). An online photo editor with tons of built-in tools - this does it ALL!
Screen Tool: JR Screen Ruler. This screen ruler allows you to accurately measure anything on your screen in pixels, inches, picas or centimeters.
Screen Tool: Pixie. Allows you to find the color code of anything you highlight on your computer screen.
Tiny.cc. a URL shortener that lets you change/update the destination URL at any time. Great for QR code creation.