Designing Digitally, Inc. is a full-service graphics, web and interactive design firm. Our expertise and creativity can help you reach your business goals. Meet the key personnel responsible for our successful interactive design studio.
ANDREW M HUGHES - PRESIDENT/OWNER
Andrew is the president/owner of Designing Digitally, Inc. and is involved in all aspects of the business. Andrew first started his career at the age of 15 by helping to create an Internet Service Provider that served over 5,000 users in Northwest Ohio. By the age of 18 he was working as a technology coordinator for 9 district schools in Putnam County, Ohio. Andrew attended Bowling Green State University in the Digital Design program, where he learned the tricks of the trade in the interactive media and virtual worlds. After graduation Andrew moved to Cincinnati, where he taught at The Art Institute of Ohio – Cincinnati in the Interactive Media Design department. In the meantime, he earned his Master of Management in Information Technology.
Andrew started Designing Digitally, Inc. in 2001 when he saw a large need for interactive, engaging multimedia experiences forthcoming in the future. You will find Andrew working in many capacities throughout the design process. When Andrew is not working at Designing Digitally, Inc. you will find him at the University of Cincinnati, teaching in the Business and Interactive Media departments. Andrew has been privileged to have the opportunity to continue to work with some of his former students as they have pursued positions at Designing Digitally, Inc.
ABBY HUGHES - DIRECTOR OF CLIENT RELATIONS AND CONTRACT MANAGEMENT
Abby initially began working as a manager part-time for Designing Digitally, Inc. Her main role was to oversee staff and to ensure that projects were effectively quality-assured for review by the client. As the company continued to grow and upon completion of her MBA in Marketing, Abby joined the team full-time as the Director of Client Relations and Contract Management. Her main responsibilities include managing contracts with clients, managing large projects, and hiring and managing employees.
NICK TAYLOR - DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Nick joined Designing Digitally, Inc. as an interactive media designer with his primary focus being online virtual worlds. Nick's extensive experience as an interactive media designer also helped him excel as one of the top web and Flash developers for Designing Digitally, Inc.
As the company has grown, Nick has grown with it. While he continues to be one the lead developers in the online virtual community of Second Life, Nick's primary focus as Director of Development is to manage development teams, consult with clients, and oversee project completion. His substantial design, technical, and project management skills are the driving force behind the transformation of our clients' thoughts and ideas from concept to completed development. Outside of work, Nick's interest include working in his vegetable garden and taking care of the yard. Nick also enjoys taking walks and playing Frisbee with his Australian Shepard, Harley.
GREG WARK - 3D AND VIRTUAL DEVELOPMENT TEAM LEADER
Greg began his work in virtual worlds when approached in his undergraduate education at Bowling Green State University to design and build the school’s official Second Life campus. After graduating with a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree, he went to work for Designing Digitally, Inc. as a Second Life developer after being recommended by his professors. Greg now works as a 3D and Virtual Development Team Leader utilizing his artistic and design skills to construct architecture, environments, avatars and interactions while overseeing the other 3D team members in those projects. Greg Volunteers his time at the Dayton humane society walking and fostering dogs and working as a new volunteer mentor at the shelter.
MIDNIGHT - CO-DIRECTOR OF MORALE
Midnight holds the position of Director of Morale at Designing Digitally, Inc., bringing excitement and a change of pace to the daily work routine. His favorite work activities including watching the front door for any visitors, sitting in on conferences, and hoping when employees eat lunch at their desks they'll slip him a couple of bites. Every once in a while Midnight will even convince someone to throw his ball or rub his belly when they have a free minute! When it's time for a nap, he likes to curl-up in his bed or in someone's lap as they work.
CHARLIE - CO-DIRECTOR OF MORALE
Charlie has recently joined Midnight as Co-Director of Morale. He was rescued from a puppy mill which makes him very shy, but he's slowly getting used to the office and the staff. He spends most of his day asleep in his bed under Abby's desk - letting Midnight handle the tough jobs (like greeting visitors and monitoring meetings).