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Valerie Taylor

Dec 07, 2020

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I have studied commercial art since my A.S. in 1994 and have worked in the advertising agency industry since its early inception. I have a career background in both corporate (Wall Street law firm) and (Madison Ave) ad agencies. I have an academic and professional background spanning animation; user experience design; information architecture; knowledge management; literature; web design and development; as well as visual, digital, print production, fine arts, art history, oil painting, and mixed media.

I completed my BA from Columbia University and my MS from KSU in User Experience Design (UXD). Additionally, I have multiple certificates from Noble Desktop and the NY Code + Design Academy. Aside from being a professional student myself, I have remote, a/synchronous, hybrid and, in both the classroom and lab setting, professional teaching experience.

I’ve taught branding, design, typography, color theory, code, Adobe software, studio arts, user experience design, interaction design, interface design, portfolio management, digital graphics, and imaging. As an adjunct formerly, at CUNY in the Heights and NYU SPS CADA. As well as currently at Parson’s | The New School, Baruch | CUNY, The College of Westchester and New York Institute of Technology | NY Tech.

I am an enthusiastic, responsive and devoted teacher and mentor to my students. Don’t ever hesitate to reach out during or after class. I have a vested interest in my student’s success both professionally and ethically. Having started my career at a technical school garnering my first job in the industry before the completion of my portfolio class I know the value of both practical applications and the theory behind the work.

My career has spanned many trends and waves of change. I have earned credentials throughout to stay abreast of technological advances. Primarily recognizing that design is at the crossroads of this changing landscape, as well as traditional and classic methods and principles. Technology can only produce to the level of the input of the user and that’s what I specialize in, best practices and tips and tricks. What you take away from the course and remember and apply in 6 months is key. I am both a driven and passionate learner that looks forward to discovering new things alongside my students, as well as cheerleading and coaching as necessary!

Degrees Held:

B.A. in Literature, Columbia University (2007)

M.S. in User Experience Design, KSU (2017)

Research Interests:

Disruptive Technology and the Future; Storytelling; User Experience Design; TESOL

Guiding Quote:

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”― Calvin Coolidge

Courses I have taught:

Typography

Color Theory

Portfolio Management

Building Your Brand

Digital Graphics

Digital Imaging

Basic Photoshop

Advanced Photoshop

Adobe InDesign

Adobe Illustrator

User Interface Design

User Experience Design

Interaction Design

HTML5 + CSS3

Studio Drawing

Visual Storytelling

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