Shannon DeCock

Designer

I grew up in a beautiful, small Northern Michigan town (think Stars Hollow and add a little Midwestern diction, eh). I was the girl who won every coloring contest and took every art class my school had to offer. I even managed to sell a couple paintings around my hometown. Naturally, when I went off to college, I majored in … journalism?

Journalism might seem like an odd choice for an artist but in all of its forms it is essentially problem solving. Journalism taught me to manage information and develop solutions, which became the core of my design aesthetic.

Through journalism, I discovered newspaper design -- the original, analog UX design. A newspaper designer's job is to guide the reader through the most important information, offer multiple entry points and form a coherent structure across multiple pages. Those skills continue to serve me well as a designer long after leaving newspapers behind. I've taken this background in print design and evolved with technology — expanding into Web design.

When I’m not working, I can be found renovating my midcentury modern home, reupholstering furniture, watching (and reciting) “Back to the Future,” or walking my two Boston Terriers with my husband.