When I was five, my family bought our first computer. KidPix was arguably one of my first design experiences.
Sometime in the 8th grade, I started formatting essays in Word and presentations in Powerpoint
Freshman and sophomore year I joined my high school’s environmental ad campaign and designed banners using Photoshop
In my junior year of high school, I took my first web design class and learned basic HTML
During the second semester of junior year and the first of my senior year, I became really interested in marketing. I gained experience in logo development, ad campaign design, and typography (I did a project on the history of Helvetica)
I earned my BA in Creative Writing at CNU in 2013. At CNU, I took more serious classes geared at web design and marketing before switching my major from business to English writing. I took my first technical writing class (document design, white space, etc.)
I started my first professional job (by minimum wage!) as a research assistant for NASA Langley’s Office of Education. In addition to creating rather dry technical writing reports on studies, I also developed infographics and ads for their STEM and Space Camp campaigns (note the super cool, cheesy photo of me on the tarmac).
I am currently working on my MA in Professional Writing, with a focus on the transition from written communication to digital, which led me to take this visual rhetoric class.