Diana Guay (Dixon)
I am a creative person. Being a Technical Producer doesn’t sound like a particularly creative job, but it is. There are numerous opportunities for me to explore ways of being creative that I couldn’t have imagined, while still in college.
Web technology has surprisingly become a passion of mine as I immediately gravitated toward web design. Once I understood how CSS worked, I constantly wanted to push the boundaries of what is technically possible to create, while being solid across the major browser platforms. Initially frustrated by the nuances of coding for IE6,7,8, Firefox and Safari, it soon became a challenge to me that I always wanted to meet and exceed. I learned clean coding by following the lead of others and it became a goal of mine to have exceptional hand-coding skills.
When I’m not designing, I’m troubleshooting. This includes research for the Tribune QA team, firebugging every single day, and finding room for improvement. My favorite project that I had the opportunity to create was the Courant’s photo blog. It was exciting not only to work with a creative team of photographers, but I was able to put their vision into code, while keeping it simple for them to update.
Speaking of photography, that is my passion outside of web design. I picked up my Canon EOS 50D in early 2009 and immediately started shooting concerts. It called to me not only because of my great love of music, but because I heard it was one of the hardest things to shoot. Needing to conquer this art, I read everything I could about concert photography and selected my 2 favorite lenses accordingly. I now mainly shoot with my 50mm f/1.8 and my 17-55mm f/2.8. With this camera, I have been able to contribute to sites such as musicianphotojournal.com, ctnow.com, theywillrockyou.com, thepunksite.com as well as others.
These two creative outlets I have are incredible and I only want to learn more. Lynda.com has been an irreplaceable resource for learning about new web languages, as well as solidifying the self-taught knowledge I have gained while at The Hartford Courant. My goals are high and ever-expanding and I hope to never stop learning.