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Even a child
I was the 'creative sort', and so set my mind on becoming a designer/artist
young. I began working as a freelance graphic designer in 1978 while
still in high school. At first it was rarely anything more exciting
updates for local restaurants, or projects for family and family friends.
However, I quickly expanded my skills to include expertise with items
such as Line-O-Scribes and hot-presses. (For those of you not old enough
to remember, those are antiquated, rarely seen let alone used pieces
equipment for creating/manipulating text.)
This experience helped me work
my way through college at Penn State. During that time, I held a variety
of both part-time and full-time jobs including modeling, waitressing,
line-cook and bartender, as well as continuing my freelance work. I also
worked for Penn State as 'work study student' for Extension Visual Aides
and the Sign Print Shop - both of which greatly increased my knowledge
and skills in design and greatly expanded the media with which I had experience.
Nothing waivered my intentions
of becoming a designer - until I discovered computers. It was love
first sight - or should I say first button pushed.
Realizing that I was a technophile,
and not wanting to give up the artistic aspects of design, I began integrating
computers in my work in 1981 (not an easy task back then.) I also started
looking for jobs which required computer experience and, in 1985, began
working in the graphics department at AccuWeather, Inc. This position
offered a great deal of experience with technology. If the system wasn't
in use, you were welcome to sit down and use it or learn it - and I learned
as much as I could about everything they had.
Besides technology, I also
learned about newspapers, TV, the internet, interactive CDs - and
It was due primarily the constant tension and stress of meeting 5-minute
deadlines all day long, that I began looking for work elsewhere. In
I began working, again, for PSU in the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS).
As part of the CAS ICT team, I worked in all media, troubleshooting
with applications and graphics, offering IT support for the College,
and teaching graphic and web-related applications, designing for all media types, and web-development.
That position with Ag ICT lead to CMS, or Content Management Systems, RedDot to be specific. In turn, mastering CMS lead to more advanced programming - which ultimately lead me to a position with the Materials Research Institute (MRI) in 2007 as a programmer/analyst, web developer.
Since MRI had no in-house design or multimedia, I very quickly assumed those roles too. My current responsibilities include: webmaster for the MRI site, web developer/support for related sub-sites, Dreamweaver and multimedia support for the MRI community, web-app creation/maintenance, design/layout of printed marketing materials and exhibits, and poster printing.
...a title which accurately describes all of my current job responsibilities would be so long it wouldn't fit anywhere, so I continue to use Programmer/Analyst, Web Developer.