What made you decide to pursue your degree in WDOC?

I have always had a desire to create visual art. Throughout school, most of my electives were art based. I’ve also always enjoyed working with computers. I have dabbled in graphic and web design for many years. I have the great honor to be the Media & Communications Pastor for my church. I am at a point where I was reaching the limits of my self-taught knowledge. After researching many different schools, talking with people who do design work, and digging into the different courses various programs were offering, I decided that the Masters in Web Design and Online Communication was the perfect fit.

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

I’ve spent two years of full-time work buried in Adobe products. It’s silly, but the most impactful thing I have learned is that no matter what tool you are using, you can navigate around your workspace by pressing the space bar, then clicking, holding the mouse down, and dragging. I really think this silly tip has saved me about 15 minutes a day.

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

In my job, I handle all aspects of print web content. I spend much of my days creating web based content (videos, graphics, social media graphics) and print pieces (bulletins, flyers, posters, handouts). Every class I have taken has allowed me to take my job to the next level. Not only am I more proficient, but I have gained a tremendous amount of confidence in my skills and abilities.

What are your career aspirations?

Much of a person’s first impressions of a church or organization comes from media. I want to continue help churches and organizations eliminate any barriers to entry they might be facing.

What accomplishment are you the proudest of achieving?

I developed a Brand for Corporate and Brand Identity on the Web for a fictional company that develops apps for businesses called “Portico.” Everything from the logo to the colors embody the feel of the company.

Jeff Stapleton

Jeff Stapleton

Class of August ’18

Ennis, TX

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