Education | Multimedia | Graphics | User Experience

About Sara

Hailing from the land of the Three Rivers,

Sara is a graphic design superhero who uses knowledge to thwart typographic tyranny and catch color-space criminals. By day she is a mild-mannered college instructor, trading in her cape for business casual at the Bradford School. She believes a solid foundation in graphic design history and theory, combined with sound technical skills, will help students fight graphic design misdeeds. Sara began her graphic design crime-fighting career in 2003 at Seton Hill University.

In June, 2016, Sara obtained her Master of Fine Arts in Media Design from Full Sail University.

Sara graduated as Valedictorian of her class with a 4.0 and several Course Director Awards.

She was also featured as Full Sail University's Student to Watch in January 2016's edition of GD USA.


She is currently working towards a Master of Science in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management with a concentration in User Experience at Kent State University.


After graduation, she worked as a design professional in Pittsburgh before returning to the classroom as an educator. As the primary instructor for her college level program, she has been responsible for program content, technical advancement, and student development. Sara hopes to continue to fight the good fight by remaining an educator and focusing on curriculum development that combines graphic design, integrated multimedia, and user experience design.







Teaching correct
file structure,

file  organization, and correct naming convention.

Fostering an understanding of communication theory, font history, and proper usage.

Implementing proper research techniques and integration of fact finding exercises

Reliable &


Usability &

Rationale &

Encouraging students to  find viable information sources for solid research

Instilling efficient usability theories to create

user-friendly environments

Reinforcement of communication theory over frivolous decoration

Lesson Plans

Design Gallery

UX Design

UXD in Practice Final Project: Development of a to-do application for mobile devices. Project included user testing, prototyping, market research, and solution development with hand-drawn mock-ups. All user testing was completed in person.

An Experience Designer's Blog: Wordpress blog documenting projects and progress through Kent State University's Information Architecture and Knowledge Management Master of Science program.

Contact Me

Questions and Comments

If you have any questions, comments, or would like to reach me, please fill out the form below or email me directly.

I am typically in class or at school from 7am - 4pm.

I will do my best to return your call or reply to any communication as quickly as possible.


Pittsburgh, PA

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Sara Elizabeth Tinnick - 2016