instructional technologist

This Is How I Work

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My colorful workspace.
My colorful workspace.

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Current gig: Sr. Instructional Designer

Current mobile device: iPhone 4S (hopefully soon to be a iPhone 5S)

Current computer:
Home: Custom Desktop PC, and an old Dell Inspiron Laptop
Work: HP ProBook 6470b

One word that best describes how you work: Creatively

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?

Apps: Evernote, Adobe Connect, Pandora, and Netflix

Software: Photoshop, Illustrator, Audacity

What’s your workspace like? Colorful

Every now and then I enjoy working from home or at coffee shops.  I think a change of scenery can be inspirational, as well as promote deeper focus.


Working from a local coffee shop a few months ago.
Working from a local coffee shop a few months ago.

What’s your best time-saving trick? Multitasking, I have become an expert at it from my video gaming days.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager? Evernote & Microsoft OneNote

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without?  Blue Microphone Snowball. My iPad, Kindle, and my Nikon D3200.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else? Multitasking, of course.

What are you currently reading? Looking for Alaska by John Green. Decisive by the Heath Brothers

What do you listen to while you work? Pandora – MGMT station

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert? I’m a bit of both. I’m a bit more introverted in my personal life.

What’s your sleep routine like? Sporadic, and I also take lots of naps on the weekend. I tend to go to sleep pretty early, but for whatever reason I will often wake up around 2-4 a.m. with tons of ideas. I keep my phone next to my bed, so that I can type out anything I need to remember.

Fill in the blank: I’d love to see ______ answer these same questions.

Actress/writer/director: Lena Dunham

Artist: Claes Oldenburg

Everyone I know in the field of Instructional Design.

Some influential people in the instructional design field, like Michael Allen, Cathy Moore, Tom Kuhlmann, and the list goes on.

– Melissa.

Getting Creative with Business Cards

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Over the past few months I have been attending tons of networking events.  Every so often during my business card exchange, I come come across a really cool and creative card. Whenever I receive a highly creative card, in the back of my mind I wish I had a card that was just as innovative.  Recently I decided it was time to make a personal business card that I could get as funky with as I want.  Since I am in the field of instructional design I wanted to be able to portray what I do.  My first theme for a business card is inspired by the ADDIE model. The ADDIE model is extremely simple to explain, and there are literally thousands of ways to translate it into a business card.  Using Adobe Illustrator, I’m creating a different business card design for each phase of ADDIE.

Here is the first draft of my business card for the development phase.   My idea is that the front looks like an HTML file, and the back looks like an open HTML file.


Tip: When designing your business card be sure to publish your business card at, at least 300 DPI for a high quality print.

Check out this post on Mashable to see some creative business card examples:

Adding QR Codes to business cards has been a trend over the past few years.  Did you know you can even design your own QR codes?

– Melissa.