faculty

Web & Graphic Design

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Ian is a passionate visual storyteller with over 10 years of experience writing, shooting, editing, and teaching graphic design and the video production process. He is a proficient camera operator that uses light, lenses, movement and framing to tell a compelling story with imagery and empathy. Ian was buried in books and movies for his entire childhood. Given to writing fiction and poetry he was encouraged by teachers and family to pursue his passion for storytelling. In 1998, at the age of 13, Ian bought his first camera from ebay. He would often be found filming around his neighborhood as it stood in for fantastic locations. Ian pursued a degree in film history and theory from the University of Georgia, during this time he began working as a freelance filmmaker and graphic designer. He has been lucky enough to have his work seen in galleries across the U.S. and film festivals around the world.  He has even seen some of the locations he used to imagine; he has flown drones off the Spanish Coast and shot video throughout the Italian countryside, he even got the chance to film a movie in Morocco. While the cameras have gotten better and the locations more fantastic. Ian is still doing the thing he’s loved since he was a child, finding an interesting way to tell a story.

IAN CARROLL

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As early as age 6, Marianne came across the hard skill of sequential drawing after being disappointed with movie endings. Her passion for telling a different story drove her to work hard at drawing correctly to make stories believable for audiences—which at the time were her 3rd grade classmates. Marianne earned her Bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Design and graduated with honors. Her vision has guided her to freelance with Elev8 Brands, OneUtopia, Valencia College, and TOLS Multimedia. Marianne offers advice to current and incoming students: "If there is one thing I can share with students, it is this gift of seeing things differently in order to change the reality of the situation, whether it be improving your design skills or reinventing your outlook on life’s challenges as they pave their way to success in their field."

Marianne Catangay

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Bryan is a graphic designer and illustrator specializing in branding and social media campaigns. It was not till late high school that he honed in an became an illustrator. Always maintaining a positive outlook towards new mediums, he fell in love with graphic design. Which then bled and merged into his illustration style. Later becoming certified in 3D Animation. His works only growing more refined as he pulled from these different experiences. Using his mastery over type and design fundamentals, he’s worked as a designer for both local and international companies. He’s managed ad campaigns for franchises of U.S Polo, American Weekend Entertainment, and Cool & Smooth. Working freelance he’s had the opportunity to take part in some amazing projects, some of which are still in use today. He’s designed posters for America’s Escape Game, designed unit coins for the military, and helped countless companies achieve brand goals.

Bryan Andino

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Kimberley Arguello is a graphic designer and photographer with 7 years of experience within the field. Her photography work includes a range of methodologies like photo-based sculptures, installations, video, focusing on exploring human perception and behavioral insights within society. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally; her latest exhibition took place in South Korea at the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art. She received her Graphic Design degree from the University of Central Florida, within the design field she has worked with marketing teams to create content across all platforms. While working within the industry, she discovered her passion for teaching. Her design philosophy is to innovate, impact, and connect. She approaches design using the concept as the guiding force; In the words of Sol Lewit, "the idea becomes the machine that makes the art."

 

kimberley arguello

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   Henry first got into Graphic Design while in high school via the local music scene in OrlandoHe made fliers, posters, album covers, t-shirt designs, and stickers for bands and friends. He earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Central Florida, where he focused on Painting and Drawing. After working for a while at Crealdé School of Art in Winter Park, he moved to New York City. ThereHenry studuied at Parsons School of Design, completing their Graphic Design Certificate program. 

Working as a freelancer, Henry has had the opportunity to work on logos, packaging, menus, invitations, promotional materials, brandingand business identity. This led to opening and managing his own business in NYCIn the classroom, Henry utilizes his 

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of fine art, graphic design, and business management to educate other creativeto pursue their dreams and follow their own path.  

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Jeremy is a multidisciplinary designer and software developer, with a focus on UI/UX design, video post-production, and motion graphics. Initially driven by his love of the community around competitive gaming and Esports, Jeremy would go on to develop his skills in a number of different areas, from creating and editing videos for professional players and personalities, to overseeing and broadcasting large multimedia events in various forms. Jeremy earned his bachelor's degree in Computer Programming and Systems Development with honors & a 4.0 from Eastern Florida State College, as well as a technical certificate in UI/UX Design from Valencia. Jeremy strives every day to bring his own personal design philosophy into the classroom, which is to never be afraid to create. “Most of us got involved in the industry purely out of a desire to make things with our own hands and mind. Never be afraid to make the things that make you happy. You never know what might catch the eye of a prospective new client!” 

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Rosalyn Gonzalez is a multidisciplinary artist with over 6 years of experience in graphic design and illustration.  She has worked with a wide variety of businesses and startups to create compelling digital products, brand identities, and advertising campaigns.  Her skills range from motion graphics and content creation to traditional media.  Her love of digital art began around the age of 12 after teaching herself Adobe Photoshop, and she was immediately hooked.  Rosalyn earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts and Emerging Media Management from UCF.  Her passion for building intuitive, dynamic brand identities led her to start her own business in 2018.  Her design philosophy centers on creating accessible, adaptive designs that find balance between form and function.  The best part about working with students for Rosalyn is the opportunity to provide guidance to fellow creatives who will go on to change the world of design and visual storytelling.

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Working on and in the arts since he could barely walk, Nicholas is passionate about developing layouts for UI/UX applications, designing logos and fliers, and about anything else that can be pretty (or pretty ugly for that matter). What started out as making web portals for his PSP through coutless YouTube tutorials has led to freelancing opportunities and enrolling in Software and Web Development at WGU. Everything from planning and coding the initial layouts to the final polishing of the graphics, typography, and other content, Nicholas loves the development process with all the sensical and nonsensical challenges that come along with it.

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Ryan

Ryan has loved storytelling for as long as he can remember. Perhaps a little too much, in fact, as he often got in trouble for reading books during class in grade school!  That love expanded as he was exposed to other story-telling mediums like film and video games, and it was this love that led him to pursue a degree in Computer Science and Animate Arts at Northwestern University, with the intent of becoming a video game developer.  Life often takes us in unexpected directions though, and with the skills he developed in school, he instead walked a different path and spent the next decade as a full stack software developer, with a good chunk of that time doing consulting work for Facebook.  As a developer, Ryan still enjoys projects with a more creative bent the most, and his favorite position is being the bridge connecting the tech side with the creative side.  Teaching people how to use technology to accomplish their own creative, storytelling goals brings him a lot of joy, and he looks forward to sharing his skills and experience with the students at F.I.R.S.T.! 

Ryan Reid

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 I got into art at a young age in elementary school. I remember my friends and I bonded over our love of comic books and that style of artwork, that’s where my passion for art in design was sparked. When I eventually started my career at an architectural firm, that fire was reignited when I found there was a graphics department. Once I started learning the Adobe software, I was able to integrate my design eye and craft presentations for the firm. This included title blocks, cover sheets, architectural illustrations, and even storytelling. Taking those skills, while learning about the power of branding, I spent several years with large corporations such as Hard Rock International and Wyndham Destinations and even worked in the world of themed entertainment designing amusement parks. I’ve been fortunate enough in my career to be able to wear multiple hats while also letting my creativity flow. Throughout all the accomplishments, and the challenges, one thing has always remained constant; I love what I do.

Carmen Scafidi

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Brandon Scruggs is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University (Daytona Beach) hailing from Atlanta, GA by way of Miami, FL. During his tenure at BCU, Brandon studied Computer Information Systems where he completed courses and was later granted his B.S. in CIS (Web Development & Administration). He has an extensive history with tech and music stemming from the early 2000s where he would gain traction by learning how to troubleshoot computers as a young child. This later evolved into both a passion for the field of web development, as well as adroitness in the field of music (percussion). Brandon has performed with several award winning marching bands as well as being featured in multiple scenes of the film Drumline 2: A New Beat.

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Lea

Lia has always loved using colors and design to tell stories. A creator who enjoys graphic design and photography, Lia first discovered her passion in high school while working on her high school’s theater program. From there, she went on to the University of Central Florida to earn two bachelor's degrees in Graphic Design and Visual Arts Management. Using her experience, Lia has gone on to freelance for many projects including, but not limited to, wedding packages, logos, printed materials, social media posts, senior portraits, family portraits, and more. In the classroom, Lia will share her passion for design with students in the hopes that they too will walk away with the same drive and passion. She wants to share with her students the same philosophy she lives by: “Do more of what makes you happy.” 

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