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2020 Symposium: Web Design

Senior technical theatre and design major Taylor Pope has dreamed about being a sound engineer on Broadway, and she hopes a personal website might help get her there.

“I have always been a technical person, but building a website was difficult,” she said. “Wix is an amazing web design software, and once I got used to using the controls it was easy.”

Pope presented the session, “Professional Website Design: How it Works” at the 2020 Piedmont Symposium. Having a personal website helps influence people and adds value by sharing one’s value. It helps recruiters find potential employees much easier when applying for a job, and is a first great impression to help secure that first interview, Pope said.

In designing a website, Pope said the key is to plan your design. Think of how to appeal to a particular audience. In web design you don’t want to use the same templates that everyone else is using. Designing a site that is unique to your skills and personality will attract users to follow through and use your service.

“You want to make sure your website represents your uniqueness by appealing to those who you want to attract,” she said.

Pope uses Wix as her design software. Wix is a user-friendly site utilizing a drag and drop builder to make it simple for users to create their own website unique to themselves, Pope said. Wix has a lot of features to choose from and they make it easy to market your website.

“One of the things I loved about Wix is they give you step-by-step instructions about how to do navigate their website,” said Pope

Building a website can get frustrating at times. Taking advantage of her experience and building projects has helped Pope navigate Wix. “Think outside of the box and try something that you haven’t done before.”

Things shift very quickly in the design world. When designing a website, you have a lot of creative freedom. Pope explains not to overthink about how difficult or impossible things are. Instead, think outside of the box. Trying things that are different have haven’t been done before has help Pope explore new things.

“It might not work out, but it will work at least once more than it will if you never try.”

Pope finished her project explaining how her website is organized and the purpose of the class. Learning what employers are looking for, she was very happy with the outcome of her website. She has already used her site professionally at the South Eastern Theater Conference in February.

“I really enjoyed designing my website,” Pope said. “It’s amazing to look back on the things I’ve done.”

Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Adam Martin calls Piedmont College his new home

DEMOREST, GEORGIA – Before Adam Martin came to Piedmont College, he was an award-winning writer-producer with a Peabody and an Emmy to his name for the TNT original movie “Door to Door.”  

 “I felt like Tom Hanks from the movie ‘Big,’” he said about winning the Emmy. “I didn’t know what was going on when my team won.”   

 Growing up in North Georgia, Martin attended Oxford College of Emory University, later becoming a full-time student at Emory University. Double majoring in English and History, Martin planned on becoming a lawyer, passing the Law School Admission Test and earning a spot in Georgia State College of Law in 1995. Upon finding out he had more credits than he needed, Martin decided to take an internship at Buena Vista Television (Disney–ABC Domestic Television) in the Affiliate Relations Department. After spending a year in California, Martin moved back to Atlanta to take care of his ailing father. Martin had new aspirations of working in television, earning a job in closed captioning at Turner Broadcasting. A year later he was promoted to an assistant producer working on branding, shooting, and production.  

 “Being in the entertainment industry was thrilling, he said.” “I was able to express my creativity, I never considered it a job.”  

 Following his win of an Emmy for a TNT original film, Martin was promoted to senior writer-producer working on a $50 million miniseries “Into The West” and producing six red carpet shows for the Screen Actors Guild Awards from 2005 to 2010.  Martin had the opportunity to interview some of the world’s most influential people in film: Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Spielberg, Robert De Niro, Ron Howard, and many others.  

“I grew up watching these people, he said.” They were engaging and surprisingly human.”  

In 2010, Martin left Turner Broadcasting after receiving a job at A&E Network in New York City. He spent four years in Branded Entertainment at A&E. In 2014, he moved to Washington D.C. to work for the Discovery Channel, not knowing a year later Discovery would make an agreement to buy Eurosport, causing them to cut down on staffing. Martin took time away from film and moved to Saint Simons Island in 2016. He was a manager at Sea Island Resort, working with VIP guests and high-powered politicians. In 2018, Martin moved back home to North Georgia with the intentions to take classes at Piedmont College. Instead, Martin landed a job as Project Manager in Institutional Advancement.    

“I like it better in Demorest because the lights turn off at 5 p.m., he said” Piedmont is home to me.” 

Caleb Rogers: Creativity Makes The World Brighter

I believe creativity is about human expression and communicating deeply. It’s impossible to give what you don’t have, and you can only take someone as far as you have gone yourself. A writer once told me that an artist must scream at the page if they want a whisper to be heard. In the same way, a creative person must feel deep if they are to communicate deeply.

I have worked in the entertainment industry perfecting my skills in video production, editing, and social media marketing. I have worked on 15 music videos 3 winning an MTV Video Music Award, 1 being nominated for a Grammy and I have worked on 2 feature films. I have been able to be myself, learn and create while inspiring each artist with my unique creativity and deep understanding of human expression.