Jason Dude Lively

Graphic & Web Design

Web Design Instructor
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division

Jason Dude Lively

Don't settle for mediocrity. Jason Dude Lively , Web Design Instructor , The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

In the late 90’s, seeing the impact that websites were having, I was inspired to build the first website for the company I was working for. Discovering that code could be used to create, present, and stylize content was invigorating. I soon found myself doing freelance web design work—as much for the pure thrill of it as for the pay.

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

I often share past experiences that mirror what my students are learning now, or will face in the future. We share via text-based conversations, recorded videos, and even the occasional phone call.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring—and how do you inspire students to push themselves beyond their own perceived limits?

I find that students often need encouragement—or, for some, permission—to step outside the confines of an assignment. When I give them the green light, they often reach their maximum potential. Through this approach they also become better life-long learners (a must in this industry).

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

The industry demands that we work together. Collaborative projects give students opportunities to do just that. Not every collaborative experience is rainbows and unicorns...we can learn as much from a group failure as success.

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

Don’t settle for mediocrity. If your goal is to simply earn a piece of paper at the end of a degree, that’s all you’ll have. Push beyond the minimum requirements in all that you do. Approach each assignment, project, or task as though you were trying to create another item for your portfolio. Better your best!

Anything else you’d like to share?
I want everyone to learn. I expect students who already “know it all” to know more when they finish a class.