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Shannon Ruder

I’m an online independent media specialist who has worn many hats over the years; as creative director, graphic designer, project manager, coder, illustrator, presentation/kiosk designer, video editor, animator and webmaster. My first major client was Verizon Wireless Interactive Demo Center (formerly Bell Atlantic) where I assisted designing and delivering educational, retail and government demo applications for Verizon's intelligent home in Cascades, Virginia. Other clients include The Washington Post, Ernst & Young Consulting, and USAID.

I currently live in Altadena, California with my husband, two daughters and a goofball retriever named Rilee.


 There is no place like right now. With over twenty years experience in this ever-changing field, I welcome challenges using "design thinking" and the latest tools available. At its core, I believe thinking about design is really about building empathy with individuals. It is also about taking risks and working with diverse people to develop solutions that address what people need and not what we think they need.