Graphic Designer and Illustrator
NOAA Coastal Services Center
As a graphic designer and illustrator for the NOAA Coastal Services Center, I draw pretty pictures all day.
I enjoy working with people who encourage creativity. That is abundant here in my office. I also like getting paid.
I work with brilliant pocket-protecting scientists every day, so the hardest part has to be deciphering their code-speak and fancy wizardry, and then digitally painting a masterpiece that inspires, informs, and persuades their audience.
I graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a bachelor of fine arts in doodling and a minor in art history. I also have an associate's degree in industrial technology.
I like looking for pirate gold with my family. Better yet, I like to dress up like the Creature from the Black Lagoon and scare people.
In the late 1990s, a friend of a friend told me he knew someone at NOAA using "some kind of high-tech graphics software," and that NOAA was hiring interns. So I applied, got fingerprinted, and was hired to save the coast from the evils of PowerPoint.
No matter what career you choose, it's all about people skills. Each person brings something new to the table. Diversity is the key. If you can learn one skill, one idea, one trait from just one person who is different from you, you have unlocked another way to benefit the world.