Graphic & Web Design by Susy DiCecco 347.268.7773

In 1990, I graduated from Baruch College in NYC with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems. Upon graduation, finding work in my field was difficult at the time so I started working as a temporary contractor in administrative roles that required heavy computer work. I excelled at these positions and it quickly became apparent to me that my abilities surpassed software specialty. There was a creative element to the projects I worked on. It became evident that I needed a challenging environment that would further develop these new qualities. I found work as a Desktop Publisher at a marketing company that required knowledge in PowerPoint and several graphic programs, of which I hadn’t had experience in yet. My enthusiasm and willingness to learn won me the opportunity to prove myself. I jumped right in and quickly became adept at anything the job required. So much so, that teaching PowerPoint in one-on-one and group settings to other employees became a part of my job responsibilities.

In 2001, due to a change in the economy, the company underwent a series of layoffs and I found myself looking for employment. I was hired by a Pharmaceutical company as their Graphics Specialist. As the sole graphic designer/PowerPoint pro in a company with three offices, my challenges and experiences were so vast that I quickly became proficient in many areas of design adding web skills to my growing abilities. Some of my responsibilities included:

  • Designing invitations, signs, posters, binder covers, CD covers, calendars and more

  • Designing and editing 3 versions of the company newsletter

  • Logo modification

  • Creating graphics and/or manipulating clipart and images

  • Updating job postings on company website using HTML

  • Creating gadgets for company portal such as polls, forms and directories

  • Creating PowerPoint presentations for senior management and doctors; Developing and instructing Powerpoint classes for all employees

I knew at this point that my natural abilities had gotten me far throughout the years but I wanted to add institutional learning to my experiences. I researched schools that would allow me to continue working full-time while I furthered my design education. I enrolled in an online school called Sessions.edu, where I obtained a Graphic and Web Design certificate.

In May of 2004, I gave birth to my son and became a stay-at-home mom. I was able to finish my studies at home while caring for my son and soon afterwards, a daughter joined our family. It was shortly after that I decided to pursue a long-time goal of becoming a freelancer and continuing to work in the field that I have enjoyed for many years. That's when Jovic Design was born!