Design Background

Web & Graphic Design Background

In response to the Frequently Asked Question of :: “How Did you Get Into Doing Webdesign? Did you Study it in School?

In College, I was a Liberal Arts student and I received my B.A. in History & Women’s Studies, and more recently I completed 10 Months of Massage School at the Ashland Institute of Massage. I have NEVER taken ANY CLASSES for Graphic Design or Web Design.

I began with print media design as the Editor-in-Chief of my high school newspaper when I was 15 years old. I began doing layout with Adobe Pagemaker on really old late 80s Macs. During this time, I became obsessed with Fonts, creative layout design, and B&W Photography. Simultaneously I became completely obsessed with the burgeoning Internet, during its early years in 1996 & 1997, just as I was completing high school. When I began college in fall of 1997, I became seriously completely obsessed with the Internet, and for the next 6 years completely self taught myself HTML. I began with Tripod.com in 1997 & 1998 and had two tripod sites, and then moved onto buying my own domain, coding my own HTML, beginning with Tables & Frames. Simultaneously, during college I was also part of the Eastern Michigan University’s newspaper layout & design team, the graphic designer for the Women’s Center, part of a Macintosh Computer Lab Tech Support Team, studied B & W Photography and Dark Room Printing, & made flyers for events and newsletters for the Inter-Cooperative Council (ICC) in Ann Arbor.

Over the years, my understanding of pixels, tables, HTML coding, etc, improved and got better, albeit slowly because I was completely intuitively self-taught, and absorbing other people’s HTML code by looking at “View – Source”. Over the years, I have owned probably near a dozen web domains, and probably made over 40 websites, although I really have no idea.

My understanding of Photoshop developed gradually over the years as well. However, in the recent years, I noticed the explosion of the current CSS revolution and I realized I would either die in the dinosaur age of HTML or evolve to the next level. In 2008, I designed my final HTML site, and the laborious process of putting that together made me want to throw in the towel & be done with web design all together and leave it for the modern geniuses of CSS.

But finally, I became inspired by Michael Divine and the website he built for Sofiah Thom using WordPress. This inspired me to take a gamble and thus I dabbled in building my first WordPress site in Fall of 2008. Simultaneously, I finally discovered “Brushes” and “Templates” – this has allowed a whole new level of my design work to evolve. I am so grateful for the new design toolsets, but most importantly: WordPress! I began making Flyers & Business Cards in 2009 as well.