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Things I F#@$!d Up- Stories from a young designer

MPD11 Management and Professional Development

Location: Skyline II

TUESDAY, 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Over the last seven years, Jacob has worked as a graphic designer at Illinois State University, and he has screwed up. A lot. Working with a super-sized ego at a medium-sized web office, failure comes fast; but so does education. With some humility, a lot of self-deprecation, and just a touch of irreverence, Jacob will share stories of professional embarrassment, creative conflicts, democratic dissolution, and international espionage (note: there is no international espionage). Through these professional flubs, some simple but challenging truths were discovered that helped projects run smoother; even in an environment when common sense solutions can seem elusive.

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Jacob DeGeal
Creative Operations Manager, Illinois State University

Jacob has been a graphic designer with Illinois State University's web office for 7 years. Over the years he has witnessed the web evolve from Flash-based movies to liquid layouts, fixed one-page designs to responsive architecture. His chief cause is to organize and unite all Illinois State websites under a single brand standard, as well as develop effective, innovative and creative solutions for University departments and initiatives. In his spare time, Jacob established the 501(c)3 “Cat Bike Sanctuary”, as he owns four cats, three bikes and way too much time on his hands.