a little something about me

graphic designer + professor + aspiring screen printer & letterpress printer + crafter + knitter

Angela is a designer.

I always wanted to be a graphic designer. When I was four, my dad started a business and just picked up his business checks from the bank. He proudly showed them to me, pointing to the illustration of a butcher in the upper left corner. It was the 70s, and it was cheesy clip art, but at that moment, I knew I wanted to be the person who created those illustrations or designs.

Well, it is now a lot of years later, and I have over twenty years of experience in design and three design degrees (two AAS degrees and a BFA), hailing from Northern Virginia Community College (Go Nighthawks!) and James Madison University (Go Dukes!).

In my early career, I worked for various associations around the DC area for their in-house design departments. Now, as a freelancer, I continue to work for associations and non-profits.

I have designed practically everything: conference collateral, logos, brochures, reports, web graphics, books, websites, posters, T-shirts, business forms, banner signs, invitations, stationery… The list goes on, so to keep things short if it requires ink to paper or pixel to screen, I can design it.

Angela is a professor.

In 2005, I started teaching graphic design. It was a part-time thing; twice a week; after work; at the Alexandria Campus of NOVA. After just one semester, there was a full-time position open, and I applied for it. I got it, and now it is my full-time job, where I teach both print and web design.

Being a design professor is amazingly awesome. Not only am I teaching the profession I love to the next generation; I am also learning from them.

Angela is a Washingtonian.

I was born and raised in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area. I am currently a tax-paying resident of Old Town Alexandria with my adorable dog Gidget. She is a Yorkie and named after Sally Field's TV character.

I love the historical aspect of Old Town and DC, not just the nation's history of the area, but also my family's history.