Instructor Spotlight: Sharon Hager

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Sharon Hager - Graphic Design Instructor | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education
Sharon Hager - Graphic Design Instructor | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education
Sharon Hager - Graphic Design Instructor | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

Decoding Design

Graphic design has undergone a fairly impressive revolution over the past few decades, thanks in large part to the advent of personal computers, and the powerful design and publishing software that followed shortly thereafter.

But as they say: With great power comes great responsibility.

Once you’ve installed Adobe Illustrator or InDesign on your computer, do you really know what to do with it? And just because you know how to use the software, does that mean you’ll be able to design fetching brochures, logos, business cards, and more?

That’s where veteran designer and Continuing Education instructor Sharon Hager comes in.

With nearly 30 years of experience under her belt, she’s skilled in providing guidance on design best practices, as well as how to effectively use the Adobe suite of design software.

Sharon recently shared more about her background and experience with us; read on to learn more about her.

What classes do you teach for Seattle Central?

How long have you been teaching?

I believe I started in 1994.

In addition to the classes that I teach at Seattle Central, I’ve also taught on-location watercolor journaling classes, and I’ve led artists’ travel workshops in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and Paris, France.

What's your educational & professional background?

I started as an English major, but quickly switched to Fine Arts, focused on painting. I then pursued additional classes in illustration and graphic design.

Professionally, I was a freelance designer for awhile, and then I landed a position as the graphic designer for Seattle Central College — which I’ve been doing for the past 26 years!

What do you enjoy the most about teaching your classes at Seattle Central?

I love interacting with students, and the energetic and diverse learning environment that Seattle Central promotes.

Tell us about an inspirational teaching moment.

I love it when a student has an “aha!” moment — they suddenly understand something they’ve been struggling with, and their excitement is palpable.

It’s like a flash of light!

For example, drawing with the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator can be a challenge to master, and there have been a number of “aha!” moments during that particular hands-on lesson.

There’s often a feeling of excitement at the end of a class when the students know that they have learned something new and useful.

Sharon Hager - Graphic Design Instructor | Seattle Central College - Continuing Education

Sharon's Favorites

Music

  • I especially like standard jazz and blues

Hobbies

  • TRAVEL — especially to Paris
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