Bio Pic JohnCarlo As far back as I can remember I was always drawn to art. Most of my teenage life was spent with a sketchbook. Every notebook, textbook or piece of paper had some type of drawing on it. When I was 16, I dropped most of my core courses in high school to explore other creative outlets. I entered the BOCES program in Advertising Design and graduated the program with honors. I became a member of VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America) and entered a variety of design competitions.

In 2004, I graduated with my B.A from Briarcliffe College. While I was working through my degree, my first professional graphic position was for Precision Signs. I assisted in developing aluminum cut letters, vinyl banding, and large marquee signs. Following the completion of my degree, I began working at a local advertising agency. My experience was in production work resizing retail ads for local and national publications. I was introduced to my first experience in HTML, which made me want to go back to school. So I made my choice in 2006, and enrolled in C.W Post Long Island University. My choices for going back for my masters was for two important reasons, I wanted to learn more on this ever changing platform of web and rich media, and I felt compelled to educate and teach the designers of tomorrow.

That same year, I became employed with a software company PCS (Profit Center Software). I was an assistant web designer to a former colleague who became my mentor in web design. I learned web design and development from trial by fire. It was a bitter sweet road, but in the end it made me a strong and knowledgeable designer. In 2009 the company closed it’s doors due to the economic recession.

In 2009, I completed my masters degree in the Interactive Multimedia Arts program from C.W. Post LIU. Following my graduation, I began working for Active Web Group. Working at AWG I learned a great deal and developed my skills in CSS. I was first introduced to worpdress and working in their CMS interface. I stayed with Active Web Group for a year until I was offered a position as lead web designer for Perfumania. At Perfumania, I constructed  their first e-mail marketing template system, created and maintained their site assets, and designed all rich media creative. In 2013, I assisted a small firm in NYC, Ready Set Rocket, on rebuilding the recent design of www.perfumania.com. We built a smoother, cleaner, and more open web UI to give the customer a more direct brand to customer experience.

Since 2011 I have been working as an adjunct professor for three colleges. In 2011 – 2014 I have been employed with Briarcliffe College and C.W.Post Long Island University, both schools I graduated from.  More recently, I was offered my first adjunct position at a SUNY school, Farmingdale State College. Being able to educate has been a fulfilling experience for me. I love being able to give back and share the knowledge I have learned from the many creative people I have met throughout the years.

Today, I look toward a prosperous future. I hope in the years to come I will publish my first works of fiction, as well as move to other creative avenues of digital painting and character design. When not designing or coding, I spend my time building my illustration portfolio https://www.artstation.com/artist/jcpellicciotta. Below are some samples of my recent works in web design UX/UI, print, and branding. If you are interested in contacting me for freelance or employment opportunities please contact me at john.pellicciotta@gmail.com

—JohnCarlo Pellicciotta—