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GirlGeek of the Week
December 1999

Daisey Kondziola

Daisey Kondziola

I'm originally from New York. I spent the first half of life traveling the country with my parents' band, finally settling down in Jacksonville, which I now call home.

As a full-time graphic artist/Web developer, and part-time freelance multi-media designer, I push forward to learn the latest technologies in digital aesthetics. Recently I illustrated and designed a four-page ad campaign for the nationally published TIME/Princeton Review magazine.

I'm pretty well-known in the Jacksonville music scene and have designed promotional packets, CD's and Websites for acts such as singer Jennifer Ray, avant-world musician Joe Yorio, Robot McMonster, Matt Butler Army, jazz guitarist Akiva Friedman and most recently developed an Internet presence for Chad Jasmine.

Coming from a musical background, it comes naturally for me to visually relate to music. The musical scale is parallel to the artist's palette. Each individual note is directly related to a pixel. A string of notes resembles a shape. I hear echoes and interpret them as "File/Filter/Blur/Motion" trails.

With every stroke of the pen, placement of a pixel, or pluck of a string...Daisey speaks the truth.

When did you first discover your love and/or obsession with computers and technology?

When I was nine, we had this typing game in my computer class...we're talking TRS 80s here!! There was a man in a boat and a hungry whale, inching his way towards the boat. For every word you typed, the whale would scoot back a step. I hacked into the system and stopped the whale. I guess that's where it all started! In 1990, I started out in the sign business, plotting vinyl in SignLab. I did airbrushing and sandblasting too, but really had a knack for computers so I pushed forth in the digital layout positions. About five years later, I found myself in the print industry. I worked at a weekly alternative magazine for a while and just got fed up with the whole print industry. There had to be more to life than that!

I discovered my love and obsession for computers about 3 years ago while working as a consultant in the Kinko's computer lab. I was suddenly introduced to problem-solving, multi-platform networking, installing, reformatting, etc. I was learning what makes it "go" and became quite fascinated with the hardware and operating systems. About a year later, I took a gig doing HTML and Web design for a computer consulting agency. A year later I left with a new and improved skill set including HTML, ASP, JavaScript, VBScript, Access and SQL. In that year, I think the circumference of my head gained an inch! About two months ago, I started at MRIN.COM as Studio Director, where I use everything I've learned over the past 10 years on a daily basis!

How do you earn a living?

I'm the Studio Director of the Pumpkiworks Web Studio, a subsidiary of MRIN.COM, which is undergoing a massive facelift! We're in the process of expanding MRIN (Military Resource & Information Network) into a full-blown vertical portal, geared towards the military community. Whew! It feels good being a part of something so massive in it's embryonic stages!

Do you consider yourself a Geek?

Absolutely... and proud of it!!

What is your favorite Website?

Wow! That's a toughie! I totally admire, Auria Harvey has been an inspiration for me! I recently discovered, beautifully done! Also some of my own URLs:

What do you do when you are not working?

As soon as I get home from my M-F, 9-5'er I get comfy, grab something to drink, light the candles and incense, and create... be it graphically, musically, or functionally... I create.


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