My favorite stories have always been the ones that come full circle – my lifelong passion for design has proven to be one such story. I was one of the many that fell into their love of design through a series of seemingly serendipitous events. Long hoping to be a geneticist, I spent my freshman year of college balancing my science classes with work on freelance websites for clients back in D.C. It took a full year (and my best friend’s urging) to focus on web design as my new academic goal. At a time when web design was not offered as a major, I cobbled together a strong foundation for my future work with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Studio Art.
After completing my B.S. in Computer Science and Fine Art from Fordham University back in 2003, I translated my love of programming and photography into a career as a web designer in DC and NYC. I spent the next decade helming large-scale site designs as webmaster for The City College of New York, the honors college at ASU, and Northern Virginia Community College. Throughout the years, I spent much time assisting faculty with the application of education technology within their courses in exchange for the guilty pleasure of working on course design. Eventually, I backed into instructional design as my vocation, and earned my M.Ed. in Education Technology from Arizona State University. The skills acquired over the years working as a webmaster in higher education have directly informed my instructional design practice, particularly interpersonal communications, visual design, usability and accessibility.