Web Design & Interactive Media
Web and Graphic Design Architect at Utility Telephone
The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University
[In school], I learned how to work well, both on a team and individually. [I also learned] how to properly design and program a website, and how to utilize the programs that are widely used in my industry. Julia Mills , Web and Graphic Design Architect at Utility Telephone 2014 , The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University
Julia Mills is a web and graphic design architect at Utility Telephone in Stockton, California. She designs and creates websites, printed materials, and marketing collateral—and meets with clients to assess their needs. “I help [to] develop new methods to provide the best possible services to our customers.” Julia says that a typical day includes checking email, meeting with her supervisors, and project work that ranges from website programming to designing and updating marketing materials.
Prior to starting her current position, Julia was an intern at Digital Gear in Sacramento, California. She’s also a freelancer. She says that one of the biggest challenges she’s faced in the workplace is that her supervisors aren’t always tech-savvy. “It can be difficult to explain certain things to someone that doesn't fully understand the basic concepts. I've realized that not everyone has my skill set, so I need to slow down and explain things in a way that will make sense to them. It can be painful sometimes, but other times it is rewarding.” While her current work environment isn’t particularly creative, she does her best to show the value that creativity brings into the workplace. “I feel that sometimes I am misunderstood or that my process isn't respected. However, I do my best to show that I know what I'm doing, and that I am deserving of that respect.”
She says that seeing the impact of her work makes the challenges worth it. “This past March, [after] I had spent two months preparing all of our materials for a trade show, I was able to see all of my hard work come together and present my company in a very professional and cohesive way. I designed new banners, a backdrop, new logo, marketing collateral, and business cards—the works.”
Julia adds that working well with others helps to build respect in the workplace. ”If you don't put everything into your work, it will be obvious. People will know that they cannot rely on you to get the job done, or to do it correctly, and they will remember that.” She adds that while school is very challenging, graduation makes it worth the effort. “I can't tell you how many times I was so close to just calling it, and walking away from something knowing I didn't have enough time or sanity. However, if you rise above that, you'll come out a stronger person than you were before. Maybe you'll even have a good story to tell.”
Julia, who in 2014 earned a Bachelor of Science in Web Design & Interactive Media from The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, says that her education prepared her for a career in web and graphic design. “I learned how to work well, both on a team and individually. [I also learned] how to properly design and program a website, and how to utilize the programs that are widely used in my industry.”
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