I trained as an elementary school music teacher in England and taught in both public and private schools before moving to the US. Finding I couldn't teach in the US with British qualifications, I ran several Girl Scout Troops, and then moved into teaching music within a choral music program. As part of my job I had to promote concerts, and found that I loved graphic design, and wanted to learn more. After raising my children I was able to go grad school in 2004, and alongside courses in visu... [more]
At Penn I took a class in Dreamweaver web design, and learned the theory of good webdesign. When I tried to create sites for clients, Dreamweaver proved to be too complicated for easy changes to be made to the site. As a more workable alternative, I learned WordPress and have since built over 100 sites, and have helped many clients maintain and update their own sites.
I initially learned InDesign at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004, and have been using it daily ever since. I have taken a few Udemy courses to deepen my knowledge, but feel sure that after 10 years of use and having worked from CS2 up to CC 2018, my understanding is pretty comprehensive.
When I returned to graduate school in 2004, I opted to take extra classes in Graphic Design. In the process I took classes in design theory, color theory, font design, typography, and the use of Adobe software including InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. This training, along with 10 years of daily practice gives me a strong practical as well as theoretical knowledge of the aspects of graphic design.