Are you a communication design student at NOVA Alexandria? Are you a design nerd always looking at blogs and websites? Do you enjoy writing and reporting events? If so, you may want to consider contributing to MasterPage. Drop us a line explaining why and how you would like to contribute and including a short writing sample: You may be one of our next bloggers!

Meet the Bloggers

Annie Mueller
When I joined NOVA Studio, a student-run design studio which does pro-bono work for the Alexandria community, I helped to start up this blog as a source of design news and resources for the communication design students at NOVA. We hope the blog can become a way for students to connect to happenings in the communication design program as well our larger community.

I am currently finishing up a degree in Communication Design at NOVA with a focus in Interactive Design. In May 2010, I graduated from the program with a print design focus and subsequently received an internship as a designer for CHF International, which later turned into a full-time job. I have been given wonderful opportunities to work on some great projects while being in Nova Studio, including the Alexandria Census and Northern Virginia Streetcar Coalition. I'm interested in design, traveling (when I can), and enjoying time with friends and family.

Lori Milani
When Annie started to get too busy with design work at NOVA Studio, the blog was a little abandoned. Knowing how much I love writing and "playing journalist," NOVA Studio's instructors Lisa Hill and Angela Terry asked me to keep the blog alive. I am very grateful for this opportunity. It's my unpaid job—as I call it— but it turned out to be the coolest.

When I'm not blogging, researching, interviewing, or building the social network for MasterPage, I'm a design/communications intern at Communities In Schools, the design director for NOVA Fortnightly, the college newspaper, and I also love traveling (when I can) and going around with my camera to document what happens in my surroundings. I really believe design, photography and writing belong together. The communication design program at NOVA is a wonderful place to be (in fact, I'm still around after receiving my degrees in print and interactive design in December 2007) but, alas, I'll have to leave soon to pursue my dream and study journalism at the University of Maryland.

My hope is that the blog keeps growing and more students get involved while I'm still writing/editing it. Like Annie, I see it as a useful design resource for our current students as well as a place for alumni to connect and stay in touch with their former classmates and teachers.