Anna impressed the Mad Genius from the moment she graced his laboratory doors straight out of Louisiana Tech University. One part Graphic Designer and one part Web Designer, the sophistication and range of her composition, illustration, Photoshop artistry and typography belie her youthful visage. Add to that mix a meteoric rise in her HTML and CSS acumen and it’s obvious why Anna stays so busy developing fresh concepts and looks for Primos Hunting, KLLM, Bruce Foods, and more. Don’t let her church mouse demeanor fool you. There is monstrous motivation and talent here.
What is your hometown?
Born and raised in Alexandria, Louisiana.
Share a bit about your family.
My father is an architect, and my mother was a teacher. I have an older sister who practices law in New Orleans, and I have a younger brother who recently got braces. Also, I claim a socially impaired dog named Gracie.
What are your hobbies? What’s your passion?
I’m passionate about good design. Outside of that realm, I’ve been slowly teaching myself to play guitar over the past year or so. I’m pretty horrible, but I enjoy it most when I know nobody can hear me.
How did you hear about Mad Genius?
I heard about Mad Genius as a sophomore in the Communication Design program at Louisiana Tech University. Our program took a tour of Mad Genius; I couldn’t go, because I had an art history exam scheduled that day. I eventually made it over for my tour–two years later.
Tell us about your first day at Mad Genius.
Ahh yes, my first day at Mad Genius – I remember it like it was three months ago. To be honest, it was intimidating. I work in the interactive department, which means I work with a bunch of “code monkeys,” but I’m a designer by trade. I was hearing a lot of foreign TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms) being thrown around; I felt like I was in Spanish immersion class. Thankfully, I’ve picked up on most of the jargon, and the monkeys back here have been kind enough to answer any questions.
What’s your greatest accomplishment (or what have you enjoyed most) at Mad Genius?
I guess, so far, it’s been seeing my first web design pushed live. It’s more emotional than one might think. It’s like watching your child graduate to become a productive member of society.
What Genius memory(ies) stand out?
The first company event I was here for was the Mad Genius Ping Pong Tournament in honor of our 7th anniversary. My team lost in the first round, undoubtedly because of my (lack of) skill, but that’s when I knew I had one of the best jobs east of the Mississippi.
What’s your most NON-Genius moment at Mad Genius?
Probably admitting to everyone that I’ve participated in a game that involves chasing and slapping my peers with a cow tongue. I’ll never live that one down.
What is the one thing no one really knows about you?
I was once a member of a senior adult choir, sort of. I kind of liked it, too.
Of all the world’s geniuses, whom do you most admire?
I think Saul Bass is pretty cool.