As a self-motivated learner, most of the skills I originally acquired as a designer came from many hours of tutorials on the internet, in combination with many books on the subject of web design. As my passion for design grew and I began to realize that I was in need of design training.

To meet this need, I obtained my Certificate in Graphic and Web Design from Sessions College, and continue to further my knowledge by attending related courses at Western Nevada College.

The following is a brief description of the courses I have completed and the skills acquired in the courses.

Completed Courses

Flash Basics

Developed a deep understanding for basic drawing and animating tools in Flash, mastering such critical interface elements as layers, scenes, nested symbols, and movie clips. In this course we created an animated logo, a cityscape, a splash screen, a basic Flash site interface, and more.

CSS Essentials

Cascading Style Sheets is a technology that allows Web designers precise control over almost every aspect of page's design and layout. In this course, we explored how CSS works to give fast and easy control over such page elements as: fonts, lists, color, backgrounds, borders, relative positioning, even visibility.

Branding and Identity

Explored through case studies the essential skills required to design logos, marketing materials, and advertising programs to establish and promote a corporate identity. Designed or redesigned corporate identities for both existing companies and newly established businesses.

Color Theory

Focus on developing appropriate color systems for graphic design projects. Projects explored the principles, terminology, and applications of color theory, with an emphasis on manipulating color. A working knowledge of the expression and perception of color, and color interaction, lends credibility and sophistication to a designer's work.

Design and Composition

Composition, literally the assembly of elements, is the artful arrangement that guides the eye and unifies a design work. Case studies and hands-on projects addressed closed/open space, negative space, movement, and more.

Design for Non-Designers

This course gave a primer on the basic elements of design: typography, images, color, and layout. Through a series of real-life case studies, went inside the design process and learned how to evaluate designs using such time-honored principles as consistency and alignment.

Information Design

Explored tools and practices for building clearly organized, consistent, and functional sites from an information design perspective. Course projects addressed how to plan, design, and test a site to connect the right user with the right message. Core concepts included information hierarchy, labelling, wireframes, and site maps.

Fundamentals of Logo Design

In this course, I learned the importance of corporate identity, and how to create a logo that will strengthen the visual image of my own or my client's company.

The course was theoretical in focus, exploring the development of logos through a series of case studies. It provided a solid conceptual grounding.

Advanced Logo Design

Lessons covered such important concepts as corporate identity, image, branding, and repositioning, with reference to intriguing real-world case studies. Exercises offered a range of creative challenges, allowing me to build a personal style within constraints of realistic project briefs.

Throughout, the focus was on learning how to approach each stage of the logo design process, from concept to execution and client presentation.

Graphic Design

Explored graphic design to get an excellent basis from which to begin to create my own design work. Completed a wide variety of design projects from ideation, sketches to final presentation. Case studies and essays about important cornerstones in graphic design such as proportion, positive and negative space and grids added logic to the lessons.

Web Design I

Course projects focused on project planning, layout, usability, learning different design styles, adding popup windows, forms, and CSS. Integrated graphic design, navigation design, and page layout skills with a basic proficiency in Web standards like XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript.