About Me

Jessi Sparks

I love art and design.

I’m a designer, photographer, and digital artist. I love art, history, and philosophy. I am very proud of my work both professionally and privately.

By day I am employed by Wright State University’s Office of Communications & Marketing. I am the Lead Web Designer… I love my job and the people I work with!  Most of the web work on this site is a direct result of the supportive and highly talented collaborative environment I work in each day.

I consider myself at my heart a fine artist and even have a Bachelor’s in Fine Art, but I am a true geek through and through. I love design but I respect code. I am an ardent user experience junkie who can’t get enough of user experience, wireframes, persona research, and site maps.  I love Star Trek and Star wars, I can’ get enough  Dr. Who, and I’m addicted to Warehouse 13 and most dramas on SyFy.

By night I am a photo geek and a wanna-be Martha Stewart. I love to cook, craft, and create. In my free time, I garden, take a lots of photos, and I love to travel. I’ve been in Egypt, Israel, France, Bonaire, Dominican Republic, and all over the US.

I am a habitual crafter, I dabble in quilt making, stain-glass creation, knitting, and sewing. You will see a lot of diversity on this site: hence the photos, artwork, craft projects, tech reviews, and web design theory, on the rest of the site. Because design and creativity are such a huge part of who I am, I developed this site to reflect my diverse creative outlets.

I really care passionately about web design for people with disabilities, maybe because I have one. …I AM DYSLEXIC. My struggle with words, patterns, and language has been with me for as long as I have been breathing. I see website content, organization, and taxomomy a little differently then most, because I have struggled with it myself.  But this same struggle has also allowed me to see better ways to organize data so I am at peace with it. So in my blogs I can guarantee a swapped word/letter or two, I have learned to embrace it and I am proud of who I am.  If you want more information on web accessibility, see my presentation on it , from my 2011 Drupal Camp–Ohio presentation:

Accessibility and Drupal: Where do you begin?

  

* Hey, I am always honest, so while I develop my own custom WordPress Theme I am using the amazing stylings of: Pinboard by OneDesign. They are the closest match in my style and personal taste. Thank you for this great responsive theme.