Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate to work as a designer for some amazing organizations. My favorites include the Pacific Science Center, Seattle Art Museum and most recently, the Haring Center. Each these organizations provided me with the opportunity to do creative, meaningful work. I’ve loved working for each of these organizations.
Three years ago, I became a graphic designer on Project iBESTT, an educational research project at the UW’s Haring Center for Research and Training in Inclusive Education. My design work included creating the brand identity, presentation materials, informational graphics and illustrations for use in web-based training and marketing materials.
Shortly after, Haring Center hired me to rebuild their website. The website had been recently redesigned but they wanted the functionality of the site to be more user-friendly. While this was initially a temporary position, I was asked to stay on to manage the website, create new websites and to help with their marketing efforts. Some of the projects that I worked on included websites for Haring Center, Project DATA, Jump: A Haring Center Experience and various marketing campaigns.
This week is my last week working for Haring Center. I’ve been working remotely for Haring Center since my move to Portland and I am now training co-workers to take over the management of Haring Center’s websites.
I am constantly impressed by the work done at Haring Center. Everyone at Haring Center is doing amazing work to improve the lives of all children with and without disabilities. I will miss being a part of the University of Washington’s Haring Center.
This spring, Haring Center began to offer JUMP: A Haring Center Experience, a series of School Break and Summer camps.
To promote this new program, a campaign was designed to reflect the excitement and energy of Haring Center’s new camps. A logo, website and an email campaign were created to introduce the camps and within the first month, most of the available camps for Spring Break were filled.
Jump’s Summer camps are proving to be popular and new School Break camps are being developed for the fall.
Last night I attended my first Portland WordPress Meetup. I joined the Seattle WordPress Meetup in 2010 and then later, the UW WordPress User Group. Over the years, both of these groups have helped me learn the best practices for designing and developing WordPress sites. These groups are welcoming to users, designers and developers of all levels of experience. I’ve made a lot of good friends through these groups, collaborated on projects and problem-solving site issues with other members.
I’m looking forward to becoming more involved with the Portland WordPress group and am volunteering to help plan the upcoming Portland WordCamp.