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I know it’s not from a lack of trying or desire. Coding can be tedious. Dry. Boring.
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👵🏻I’ve been designing and developing websites for the past 20 years. In Internet years, I’m ancient. But, it also means, I know things.
💼I’ve worked in a variety of settings: a small business of 10-15, a medium sized company of 70, an internal team for a large corporation of 1,000+, a freelancer, and ran the show at my own agency. I understand the pitfalls and joys, triumphs and struggles of each.
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🍎I love teaching. I always have. I love seeing the light bulb go off when a concept finally clicks.
When I was a senior in high school, I took a web development class to meet my computer requirements to graduate. Halfway through the year, my teacher was diagnosed with a brain tumor. They couldn’t find a substitute that knew the material. My teacher asked me to teach the class in exchange for an automatic A.
More recently, I wrote the curriculum and taught “Web Interactivity and Engagement” for the University of Florida, in their Master of Arts in Mass Communication with a specialization in Web Design program.
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Hello, my name is Amy (Haywood) Dutton. It’s nice to “meet” you. I’m the Creative Director at Zeal. I LOVE creating things, which usually manifests itself in web design and development.
I currently live outside of Nashville with my husband and our three adorable (if I do say so myself) kids: Isaac (7), Adele (6), and Emma (4). As if things weren’t exciting enough, we also adopted a retired racing greyhound and a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel.
If I’m not sitting front of my computer, I’m hanging out with friends and family, binging on Netflix / Hulu / Prime / Disney+ / AppleTV (all the streaming!), playing Settlers or Nertz, or reading and drinking coffee.
When I was in 8th grade, I built my first website, using Netscape Navigator’s web tools. I decided it would be a good idea to pull all the animated gifs on the Internet and put them in one central location. With so many animated images, my site was enough to give anyone a seizure. Let’s not even talk about file size and load times. But, I like to believe that I was before my time. Curated content and animated gifs anyone? Sounds like today’s Giphy! -- And I still have a soft spot in my heart for a good animated gif.
I graduated from college in 2006 from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Radio / TV Broadcasting and a concentration in Animation.
After college, I went and worked for a web company on Music Row (in Nashville, TN) called echo (owned by Ticketmaster). We built websites for artists and entertainers. It’s still fun to name drop in conversations. (*Cough* Janet Jackson, Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Counting Crows, Ice Cube, and Kanye West — just to name a few). I worked there for a year, before going to LifeWay. It was a good thing, too, because two months after I left, Ticketmaster dissolved echo.
I worked at LifeWay for four years in the Training and Events Production department. We did print, web, and video support for all the various events LifeWay produces across the country. I was an art director, serving five different departments, ranging in demographics from young children to senior adults
In January 2013, I left LifeWay to do freelance fulltime with Ah Ha Creative. For six and a half years, I had the privilege of partnering with a variety of clients and creative agencies to make some really cool projects.
This brings us to now. In July 2019, I took a full job as the Senior UI/UX Designer and Frontend Developer at Zeal. So far, this has been one of the best jobs I’ve ever had. I could easily turn this into a love letter, but I’ll summarize it to say, Zeal cares about people and they care about our craft. I couldn’t ask for anything more.