Jerry Spiller

Graphic & Web Design

Graphic & Web Design Instructor
The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

Jerry Spiller

I love teaching with a participatory approach, tuned to this age in which we are all both creators and consumers of a growing variety of interactive media. Jerry Spiller , Graphic & Web Design Instructor
, The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

There wasn’t one single moment, but by my mid-twenties I knew I needed to be doing something creative.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

I come from an information science background, so I like to weave visual design together with researching user needs and content requirements. Students can be intimidated by code at first. I enjoy working with them to show them that they can do it.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

I encourage students to create a wide variety of websites that appeal to a broad range of users.

How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?

As a professional in this industry, you have to be able to work with a wide variety of clients, bosses, and many other stakeholders, both internal and external.

What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

Keep learning. Keep making and doing. Practice and iteration will make you better at what you do.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I love teaching with a participatory approach, tuned to this age in which we are all both creators and consumers of a growing variety of interactive media.