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I moved to Portland in July 2016 after spending the last seventeen years living and working in New York City. The bulk of my professional experience as a web designer and developer came between the years of 1999 and 2010, when I worked at firms such as Simple Circle LLC, Bozell Inc, and Admaster Communications. My daily tasks ranged from sketching and designing interfaces, to planning sitemaps and experiences, to developing sites in HTML5 / CSS / JavaScript, to animating in Flash, to creating custom content management systems for clients in PHP and MySQL.

While I've been teaching web and interactive design since 2002, since 2011 I've been doing so almost exclusively. My full time position was at The Art Institute of New York City, but I taught additional adjunct classes at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York City College of Technology (City Tech), and York College.

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Anwar’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Arizona - Bachelors, Studio Art

Graduate Degree: Vermont College of Fine Arts - Masters, Fine Art

Tutoring Subjects






Technology and Coding

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What is your teaching philosophy?

As a designer, my focus is usability. Type, color, and image choice do matter, but they are secondary to usability and navigation. It's certainly possible to ruin good information design with bad visual design, but the reverse, rescuing flawed information design, is impossible. As a developer, these days I expect all projects to be easily loaded, read, and interacted with on a mobile device. Anything less is outdated and irrelevant. Also, all HTML5 must be written in a semantic, SEO-friendly, and above all accessible manner.

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