Alumni Stories

Emily Buonauro

Graphic & Web Design

Front-End Developer, Wonderful Union
The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University

Emily Buonauro

What my education really did was teach me not to give up just because something is challenging or frustrating—instead, I learned to embrace new things and just keep working at what I'm doing. Emily Buonauro , Front-End Developer, Wonderful Union Bachelor of Science in Graphic & Web Design, 2017 , The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University

Creates and Maintains Client Websites, Often on Very Tight Deadlines

Emily Buonauro is a front-end developer for Wonderful Union, a company that specializes in curating custom experiences for fans of musicians. The company’s clients include Taylor Swift, Drake, Justin Bieber, and Miley Cyrus. “As a front-end developer, I specialize in creating and maintaining websites for our clients, sometimes in an impossibly short time frame. I use most modern web development languages including HTML, CSS, SASS, Javascript (and jQuery when appropriate), PHP, and SMARTY. I also implement some design, with emphasis on creating consistent and memorable user experiences across all platforms,” says.

Emily begins her workday by checking the project management platform, Basecamp. “I prefer to do smaller jobs in the morning, including maintenance. This often involves adding pixel trackers, updating navigation or adding drop down navigation, making small stylistic changes, fixing bugs, styling, and developing custom client-created pages.” She stops around noon to watch HGTV in the breakroom before returning to work on a main build project that involves developing, staging, QA testing, approving new builds, and deploying a website. “My days can be variable though, and could include a Miley Cyrus countdown (true story) or making Nick Carter's forums responsive.”

Prior to working for Wonderful Union, Emily was employed by The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, working on the school's internal website. During that time, she won the Judge's Choice and two Silver ADDY Awards. She also won the 48-Hour Challenge as a web developer and web designer in 2015.

Emily keeps her work environment creative with fun and unique desk decorations. And she’s excited to see the payoff from her hard work. “I’d planned a trip to Las Vegas to see the Backstreet Boys. My company gave me VIP tickets and meet-and-greet passes, and it really hit me then that I work for a pretty awesome place. I had such a great time and I really appreciated what my coworkers and company did for me.”

Emily, who in 2017 earned a Bachelor Science in Graphic & Web Design – Web Concentration from The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, says that her education taught her the problem solving skills she uses in her daily work. “I also feel like the school specifically trained me to work in a fast-paced environment, which comes in handy.”

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