Alas, my favorite projects are either under development or proprietary. They include the transition of the JU website to a new CMS, a set of email templates for communications to prospective students, and a pattern library for JU’s web brand.
As the Web Manager at Jacksonville University, I lead the strategy and development of the university’s web communications, including the official website, marketing-focused microsites, email templates, and other public-facing web properties.
Instagramming my dog, collecting fonts, watching HGTV, reading, assembling jigsaw puzzles.
My name is Amanda Billy, and I live, work, and play on the Internet. My strength is in helping people use the web to connect. In the last eight years, I’ve put my skills to good use at two startups, two universities, and a church (usually with some overlap). I live in Jacksonville, Florida, where the summers are too hot and the air is too wet, but the water views and the avenues of oak trees are beautiful enough to make up for it. In my spare time, I like to photograph my dog Moose, binge watch television shows, and explore my hometown.
University of Florida
UF constantly looks forward. The WDOC program was one of the first of its kind, and, throughout its life cycle, the people running it have continually worked to keep it on the cutting edge, no small feat when it comes to online communications.
When I’m not in class, working on another master’s degree, I’m hanging out with my dog, serving at church, or watching movies at my favorite independent theater in Jax (Sun-Ray!). I’ve also recently been doing a bit of user experience (UX) consulting.
My profession is rooted in the skills I learned in the WDOC program. I use the technical and strategic abilities I developed as a student on a daily basis, both as the Web Manager at JU and as an independent UX consultant.
Vonne Smith. Vonne was the technical instructor throughout my time in the WDOC program, and she taught us the industry-standard software in all the appropriate courses. She always made class fun and accessible, meeting each of us where we were in terms of skill and comfort levels.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg has dedicated her life to the pursuit of people’s rights, often with particular focus on gender equality. She beat incredible odds to become a renowned and respected lawyer, judge, and Supreme Court Justice in a legal profession dominated by men. The tech industry, including the fields of web development and design, has long been a field ruled by men, and, while the environment is improving, there’s work yet to be done. I’d love to hear Justice Ginsburg’s take on the evolution of gender equality in the legal field and how we can improve conditions in the tech industry.