Amanda Dixon

designer, developer, & photographer


“Freedom to innovate…only comes with truly knowing your constraints.” -Erika Hall (@mulegirl), “Just Enough Research” #ux #design

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My theory is that it all started at age 5, using our Gateway PC to make birthday cards for my family and snapping photos with the disposable camera at Disney World. Little did I know that I’d one day make a career out of design and photography.

As a graphic and web designer, my focus is on information organization, typography, and color, and my specialties include event promotion and web design for WordPress. Over the past few years, I have enjoyed the challenges and rewards of teaching myself HTML and CSS. I am constantly learning new development techniques on the job and enjoy this ever-changing design field more and more. As a photographer, I love to capture my subjects’ true personalities and find new angles on everyday beauty.

I am a determined, detail-oriented, and organized designer, an effective written and visual communicator.

I love vintage tins and album artwork, live theatre, singing in the car, houses with character, ancestry research, and traveling. Put my iTunes on shuffle and you’ll get a strange mix of show tunes, country, worship music, pop, and jazz. NPR makes my daily commute very informative. And my closet is organized by color…because I like it that way.


Professional Experience

Info Designer/Developer
Duke University Pratt School of Engineering
September 2013-Present
As part of the communications team for Duke’s engineering school, I assist faculty, staff, and students in promoting academic programs, centers, events, and student groups. Responsibilities include designing print materials, developing a monthly e-newsletter, customizing the school’s Drupal theme for faculty and lab websites, photographing small events, and maintaining the online photo archive.

Graphic & Web Designer
ThorWorks Industries—Sandusky, OH
October 2011-August 2013
I collaborated as a member of the in-house design team to produce marketing materials for various company accounts, managing multiple projects in a fast-paced environment. Tasks included proofreading and editing copy; photographing products and events; creating event promotion pieces; producing advertisements, labels, and other printed material; and designing and developing websites.

Web Designer & Assistant Secretary
Lorain County Fair—Wellington, OH
2005-2011 (seasonal)
I initiated a complete overhaul of of the existing website, designing and developing the new site for organization, professionalism, and broad audience appeal. I also redesigned existing printed pieces to achieve a professional look and lower costs. Secretarial tasks included assisting the office manager with sales and registrations, customer service, and office organization.


Bachelor of Arts, Graphic Design
Cedarville University, 2011
Minors: Creative Web Design, Studio Art


  • Software & Languages: Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, WordPress, HTML/HTML5, CSS/CSS3, beginning knowledge of PHP
  • Typography, color theory, and layout
  • Information organization
  • Social media integration
  • Event promotion
  • Photography
  • Writing and editing copy
  • Multi-project management
  • Maintaining a consistent brand image through print and electronic media



Design & Development