Sunday, March 10, 2013

About Brian Verhoeven

Brian Verhoeven is the Manager of Information Architecture at Forum One, where he works with clients to develop an optimized user experience that balances an organization’s mission and the needs of its target audiences. Recent clients with whom Brian has worked include The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, The Food and Drug Administration, Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Conservation International, KaBOOM!, McCormick & Company, Pew Charitable Trusts, Enough!, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. 

Brian was an interaction designer at The Washington Post before joining Forum One. In this role, he assisted with the design of the Post's classified self-service application. He also designed its subscriber self-service website, available to hundreds of thousands of users. He also played a key role in developing the online community for the Strom Thurmond Boys & Girls Clubs Leadership Institute at Clemson University. 

Brian earned his bachelor's degree in English at Virginia Tech and master's in professional communication at Clemson. He belongs to the Interaction Design Association and The Information Architecture Institute. At home, he is either cooking something for his family or riding his Trek bicycle.

Brian Verhoeven's lecture will be 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 17 in the Design Studio.

About Ocean Eiler

Ocean Eiler is a Designer, Developer, DJ and Rock Climber. He has been a photojournalist, a president of a non-profit, and, for a brief time, a piercing apprentice. Ocean's colorful background has allowed him to dabble in a lot of mediums of communication.
Currently, as the Senior Designer for PBS KIDS Digital, Ocean has molded this ambiguous title to translate to: UX design, web design, frontend development, Flash development, video editing, audio FX creation, soundscape mixing, print design, game development, mobile development and a touch of management. His teams’ work has won a variety of awards for children's media and has allowed him the opportunity to speak in educational settings about Designing for Children. 

Born from second generation Photographers, Ocean had access to a wealth of art supplies and an artistic community. This foundation set the ground work for what would follow. 

Shortly after graduating from Ohio University, with a dual degree in Interactive Multimedia & Graphic Design, he took a job in Switzerland working for Fransican's International. After a year in Switzerland where he learned how to rock climb, how not to speak French and a little PHP, Ocean returned to the States. The years since he has worked for: WOUB (a local PBS Station), Pixel & Ink, Inc. a start up in Alexandria, Virginia, Matrix Group International and finally PBS KIDS as a Web Designer / Flash Video Expert. During this time he co-founded a rock climbing stewardship non-profit called Mid Atlantic Climbers and has continued to DJ drum & bass since 1997.

Ocean Eiler's lecture will be 6 p.m., Monday, April 8 in the Design Studio.

PBS KIDS GO! Home page
Fransicans International: 2003 Human Right Hand Book
From The Annex: Red Lion Junglist T-Shirt Design
Ocean Eiler "Headshot with Friends"

Monday, March 4, 2013

Internship Information Event

Design faculty, recent graduates and current students come together to share practical, useful information about internships: why to get them, where to get them, and how to get them. Bring your questions for this information session.

This event will take place 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 5 in the Design Studio. Pizza will be served.