Web and Graphic Design Portfolio
Hello and welcome to my Web and Graphic Design Portfolio! My name is Justin Hilts. Thank you so much for your interest. I am a father of three and my first career was in truck driving. As you can imagine it was hard to maintain a healthy relationship with my kids. So in 2013, I made a decision to go back to school and better my career. While attending my first semester, I decided to get two AAS degrees and not just one. I graduated in 2016 with both of them. One degree in Web Design Technology and the other in Graphic Design.
Graphic Design is a lot of fun. There are always new things to create, and new, fun challenges. I have been drawing since I was a kid, and it was the first thing I went to college for when I was fresh out of high school. Unfortunately, that was in 2001, when the transition from traditionally drawing designs, changed to designing with computers. The school I was attending was outdated, and everything I was learning, was becoming obsolete. Even though it took me a while to go back to school, I did it; and I was one of the best in my classes. So, I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks.
Web Design and Development was something that I didn't even realize I had already been doing for years, and loved. Back in the day, just after the dinosaurs died, there was a free web hosting service called GeoCities. It was there that I made my first website and started learning HTML on my own, laying out tables and making the mouse cursor do weird things. A couple of years later I discovered Myspace... yes, yes I'm that old... With the original Myspace, you could actually alter the code and make your home page look however you wanted. I would customize my Myspace almost every week. I also had the coolest looking page compared to all my friends ;). That's why when I went back to school I decided to get a degree in Web Technology, and I still love building custom websites.
Photography... Wow, this one kind of snuck up on me. I do not have a degree in photography (yet) but it is one of my passions. It also works hand in hand with graphic and web design. My first big experience with photography was when my stepdad gave me his Minolta XE-7 film camera. Yes, I said film... I'm that old. That was also around the time I had my first darkroom experience (you develop film pictures in a darkroom, that's why Adobe named their digital development of photos Lightroom). When I went back to school, I soon realized the importance of photography in my chosen fields. Not only can I use my photos in the websites I build, I can also use them in graphic design. I have used my own pictures in advertisements that I have built, and as backgrounds for logos and banners. The possibilities are endless.
Thank you so much for being here and if you have any questions feel free to contact me.