What made you decide to pursue your degree in WDOC?

I’ve been happily working for the past several years in the field of Web accessibility; I basically try to ensure that all users, regardless of any disability, are able to access and enjoy content on the Web. So I’ve learned a lot about remediating existing content, but I really want to create my own accessible sites from scratch—so that’s what I’m here to learn!

What has been the biggest thing you have learned in your classes?

I’ve learned an awful lot about the principles of graphic design, which has all been very new to me. I’m still honing my skills and trying to find my niche/identity as a designer, but I feel like this program is equipping me to do that effectively.

What have you learned in your classes that you have already applied to your job?

I’ve used my understanding of HTML elements and attributes to—in collaboration with a co-worker who’s versed in Python—develop a database that has wildly improved our ability to analyze sites for accessibility.

What are your career aspirations?

I definitely plan to work as a web designer with an emphasis on accessibility, but beyond that I don’t have any concrete plans. I could see myself doing freelance work, maybe living on a sailboat and traveling the world.

What accomplishment are you the proudest of achieving?

I’m pretty proud of my Portfolio website, and I’m looking forward to updating it—both with new design features (especially as I learn more about responsive design) and with future writing/design projects.

Alex Marhefka

Alex Marhefka

Class of May ’19

Baltimore, MD

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