Graphic designer at the University of Minnesota Libraries.
Basic HTML, CSS, & WordPress
For a full history of education and employment, please check out my Linkedin profile.
I was recently named Volunteer of the Year and interviewed by the University of Minnesota’s Communicators Forum. I have volunteered on the conference planning committee for the past 3 years. Quite the honor, thank you UMCF!
UMCF: What’s an average workday like?
JP: The majority of my day is spent in my office designing. I generally have at least five projects going at once, and produce them from concept to completion. I often start a project with a few quick sketches and typeface explorations before moving into InDesign. I often sort through images from the Libraries’ archives and special collections and collaborate with our exhibits designer, Darren Terpstra. I work closely with the Communications Director finalizing text edits and creating and sending HTML emails.
UMCF: Favorite part of your workday?
JP: I love starting a new project, particularly brainstorming visual concepts and searching for the perfect typeface! I am fortunate to work with so much incredible art here at the Libraries.
UMCF: Why did you join the Forum? What role does the Forum plan in your everyday work life?
JP: It was a big transition coming from an agency setting into my current position, working with only two other people. I joined to network and gain a better understanding of the communications work happening at the University. I have learned so much by volunteering on the conference committee. I have been asked to help plan events at the Libraries as a result. Plus, it gave me a good excuse to approach potential speakers – designers and artists I admire.
UMCF: What are your hobbies outside of work?
JP: Riding bike, gardening, photography, skiing – anything outdoors!