Morgan Spiller Deutsch
Web Design & Interactive Media
Creative Director, Front-End Developer, and Advisor for One & Eight
The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University
Along with the skills that were taught [in class, my instructors] helped me understand the nuances of the web design field. Their real life experiences were a very valuable piece of the educational process. Morgan Spiller Deutsch , Creative Director, Front-End Developer, and Advisor for One & Eight Diploma in Web Design & Interactive Communications, 2016 , The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University
Morgan mentions that the web design curriculum in school is challenging and demanding. “The amount of effort you put into school work is in direct proportion to the amount that you get from this school experience. You get a lot more for your tuition fees if you show up for yourself.”
She adds that it takes commitment to freelance. “You can take days off and set your own schedule, but if you aren't constantly working, then you aren't making progress and, often, you won't be making money.” She takes the time to network and keep her skill sets current. Morgan also is prompt at returning calls and emails from clients. “Clients can tell if you are committed to the work. Clients want to work with people who are committed because they know they can trust them to complete their project well.” Many of her new clients are referrals—and she takes pride in knowing that past clients recommend her to others.
To create a strong relationship between her company and a client, Morgan listens to the client’s ideas and works to understand where they are coming from. “Sometimes, this leads the project to a really great place. [Then you can] offer your expertise to make that idea better.”
Morgan says that she had to overcome shyness to grow her company. “I have always been very shy, so public speaking in front of groups has never come naturally to me. I diligently prepared my portfolio presentation for class. Little did I know that two weeks after giving my portfolio presentation for class, I would be asked to give a similar presentation for a job interview!” The preparation she received in school helped her to feel confident during the presentation.
Morgan, who in 2016, earned a Web Site Development Diploma from The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, says that her education provided access to teachers who brought knowledge and industry experience into the classroom. “Along with the skills that were taught, they also helped me understand the nuances of the web design field. Their real life experiences were a very valuable piece of the educational process.” She says that web design and development is a constantly changing field that requires lifelong learning. “If you stop trying to grow your skills, you will quickly become outdated and not as effective at your job. I try to push myself to attend speaker series, meet-ups, or connect with colleagues to discuss new developments. Making sure that I do not get stuck in a possibly outdated way of working is a big focus of my personal skill enrichment efforts.”