Shannon is the newest Web Intern at TBH Creative. She is fun, loves website design and code, and wants to learn as much as she can about Indianapolis website design. We hope to help her with that! Shannon wrote a little bit about herself below and will be contributing to our design blog over the next weeks with things she learns related to web design and web development.

Who is a Shannon you ask; well I’ll let you in on some secrets.

In addition to TBH Creative, I work at Starbucks on 15th and Capitol, containing one of the busiest drive-thrus in the nation, and I’m a web designer/developer at heart. Prior to TBH Creative, I’ve had enough time to complete two websites that I built with CMS through Expression Engine. The first website I designed was for my friend, Robin Wolf. She’s a photographer and she wanted something simple to show her work. The second website I built was for my father’s church, North West United Methodist Church. I graduated from Indiana University in 2009 with a Bachelors Degree in Informatics focusing in Fine Arts.

When I first started school I wanted to be a forensic scientist, but handling biology and chemistry at the same time was tough and I started to question if it was really what I wanted to do. So I went home for winter break to think about it and I found myself editing my LiveJournal (yes a LiveJournal and yes I liked it :]). I would do this for HOURS and I thought to myself, I have no idea what all of this code means and maybe I should learn this for a career. I’ve loved it ever since. I found myself learning about things that I didn’t think I would be learning like Flash, Dreamweaver, and Photoshop. The multimedia classes were my favorite because we were left to come up with whatever we wanted as a project concept.

My interest in web is definitely website design, but I’m not going to leave behind the development because once I have a design, I’m going to build it out and make sure it works the way I want it to. I have more experience with development than design right now because of my 2-year internship with eTapestry. Through my internship at TBH Creative, I’m hoping to expand my design skills and to better my development skills as well. I’m also looking forward to learning new upcoming techniques, such as Facebook/Twitter and design for Mobile phones. I really wanted to work here because it is a great opportunity to expand my design knowledge and gain real project experience. It’s important to me because I feel that during school and out of school I’ve learned a lot about code/development, but I haven’t been taught design skills! I know that functionality is important, but functionality is built upon an excellent design, which I think I am capable of.

One of my favorite websites is Carsonified.
I look at it often and though it has some flaws, the design aesthetic is everything that I am about: clean and simple design. Yes I think that the home page has a lot going on, and I don’t necessarily believe that they needed hover icons on their navigation. I really admire that they took 2 colors for each page and were successful in keeping them interesting and beautiful.

I plan to learn from and offer a lot to TBH Creative as I work as an intern.  I’ll deliver some clean and amazing designs, a little spunk, and of course some awesome code! Stay tuned for more from me about the things I am learning.


TBH Creative is a full service company offering web design in Indianapolis.