My name is Jimmy Marks. I live in Richmond, VA, with my wife and two-going-on-three-year-old daughter. As the parent of a two-going-on-three-year-old, it will not surprise you that I haven’t slept a full night in roughly three years.
I got my start working through my sophomore year of college at a very tiny digital agency with my cousin (who was the CIO), who showed me the world of online creativity and work. It was a formative experience, building web apps and games for the National Library of Medicine in Flash (yes, FLASH. I’m THAT old.).
My time there was very informative and it steered me toward a career in creative work. I started working for a company called DigitalMailer in the spring of 2008 and over time became their Creative Media Director (a title I chose for myself). I did the advertising, both print and digital, as well as the development of the various websites and digital brochures. I hosted webinars, I created logos, I helped clients with email marketing campaigns…you name it, I did it.
In 2014, I left DigitalMailer for Science Magazine and a chance to be a member of their Digital Media team. There, I turned away from advertising and focused on serious development. I worked on establishing a design pattern library and implementing it across the various web properties. We launched our new site in 2016 and brought the whole property out of the Web 1.0 age and into the now.
In 2017 I started working for CGI, helping to steer the user experience of several Federal applications (EPA, Treasury, etc.). Since then, I’ve shifted into State government and enterprise work.