Fun. Sexy. Smart. Not a Designer.
Name: Paul Michael Hirsch
Location: The Woodlands/Houston, Texas
Occupation: Owner, Studio1337
Welcome to PaulHirsch.com. This is the 5th, maybe 6th version of this site since I first launched a personal site back in 2002. I dunno – I stopped keeping track a couple versions ago.
This site exists because pretty much every professional in the Web design industry maintains a personal site, and what kind of poor example would I be setting if I didn’t have one too, right?
This site is my little playground. I write about whatever I feel like, when I feel like it. Some of you will enjoy what I write. Some of you will be put off by what I write. Most of you probably won’t give a shit about what I write. I’m perfectly ok with all three. Here’s my most recent musing, to help you decide whether I’m worth your time:
About Paul Hirsch
I’m an Austinite, living near Austin Texas with my beautiful, amazing, wonderful wife Amy and my two dogs, Sophie and Max, doing my career thing and generally loving life. We moved here in 2013, but before then Northeast Ohio was where I called home. I was born in Cleveland Heights, lived in Walton Hills after graduating high school, moved to Kent for college, and I ended up in Canton and then Uniontown, Ohio (between Akron and Canton) right before we made the jump to Austin.
I get asked a lot why we moved to Austin. People assume it was for work or a job opportunity, or it was related to family – none of the above. We moved here because Austin Texas is fucking awesome! Don’t get me wrong; Northeast Ohio has its charms (believe it or not), and we left a lot of friends and family behind with this move. But Northeast Ohio is a culturally sterile environment. If you want to find interesting, eclectic people and progressive communities of people in that area, you have to look hard to find them. The more different someone is from you, the harder it is to get to know them. There are exceptions to this rule, but this is the culture that pervades N.E. Ohio and much of the midwest, from my experience.
Austin is the complete opposite – the more different someone is from you, the more you want to get to know them. It’s a true cultural melting pot where differences are embraced, not eyed with suspicion. The move to Austin was a natural one for us, and we are loving it!
In order to maintain some semblance of sanity, I try to travel as much as possible. So far, I’ve logged extended visits in 28 states and six countries in the Americas and Europe. It’s a start. I highly recommend renting a car and setting out across southern France for sunshine and wine. That’s about as awesome a trip as you’ll ever have, better than any cruise or resort vacation, trust me. Outside of travel, I’m a pianist, an avid pool player, bowler, skiier and a bit of a wine and craft beer snob.
Before getting into online media, I was headed for a career in radio/tv. I flirted with the idea of becoming a piano performance major, but I figured this was one of those instances where taking something I love and turning it into a career would eventually ruin the magic for me. I went beyond radio/tv because I thought it might be a good idea to earn enough to feed and clothe myself. So I stuck with journalism/media, but switched my focus to the online world. And now I’m an established professional in the Web development industry. It’s fun stuff, and doesn’t require you to wear coke-bottle glasses with tape around the nosepiece, like more hardcore programmers.
Oh yeah, I’m not the film editor and actor Paul Hirsch who is best known for his involvement in the original Star Wars movie trilogy (you know, the good ones). I won’t visit your college class to discuss film editing, I won’t send you an autographed picture (unless you’re really a fan of my Web work), and I’ll be happy to read your latest screenplay, but don’t count on it getting into a producer’s hands through me. Sorry!
Paul Hirsch’s Blog (read all)
Let’s get one thing straight – the act of praying is inherently selfish. A number of studies have been done to observe the efficacy of prayer in medical healing, and meta analysis of these studies indicates no statistical difference in outcome between patients who receive prayer and those who do not. The only significant finding […]
How on earth do THESE two make someone’s top candidate list when they couldn’t be more opposite? There is a method to this madness; allow me to explain. The biggest issue we have in politics right now is that instead of being representative of and beholden to the people, our government is held hostage by […]
The presidential election process is a sham. I know it. You know it. That’s the price we pay for living in an oligarchy, where we refuse to put together a decent set of rules that prevent an election from being bought instead of rightfully won. The good news is that it can be repaired! The […]
Paul Hirsch’s Resume
Studio1337 – Co-owner, Media consultant, Web/graphic designer
Austin, Texas (formerly Uniontown, Ohio)
July 2001 – present
As the founder and co-owner of Studio1337, I’ve had the opportunity to develop my skills as a Web designer, graphic designer and content editor in a competitive, demanding environment. Studio1337 began as a sole proprietorship under a different name as the subject of my Master’s thesis. Since then, I’ve merged with two other developers to create a respectable and growing entrepreneurial company.
Clients for whom I have managed projects include the Firefighters Community Credit Union, Performance Software, Kool Party Rentals, Biometric Update, Stadium One, Avilla Homes, Heaven & Stubbs UK, Kleinhenz jewlers, Todays Kitchen Store, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, author and Palm Pilot inventor Jeff Hawkins, The Web Host Industry Review and many more.
Stark State College – Adjunct Professor
N. Canton, Ohio
September 2011 – May 2013
I love teaching. It is an absolute passion of mine. I believe I’m quite good at it; my students appear to agree, judging by their evaluations (top marks in the department five straight semesters). I value real-life application above all else, and always teach from a position as an industry professional, not simply an academic.
One day when I’ve retired, I will pursue it again. The only reason I left was because of our move to Austin, and the only reason I haven’t done any teaching since then is because I’ve been flat-out swamped with work. It’s a good problem to have.
Diebold Inc. – Sr. Instructional Designer
N. Canton, Ohio
September 2002 – February 2011
Being an instructional designer at Diebold allowed me to exercise my areas of expertise (Web, broadcast and print media design) in an instructional context. I was responsible for developing online training, primarily for Diebold’s global sales force.
I was also consulted and utilized by a number of departments for my multimedia capabilities. As part of Diebold’s Instructional Media Group, I often found myself developing training for Global Communications, Product Development, Service and Maintenance and others within the company.
Kent State University – Graduate Assistant
August 2000 – May 2002
My duties as a graduate assistant included teaching radio production labs to undergraduate students, developing and grading assignments and designing instructional sites for the Journalism and Mass Communications (JMC) intranet.
Additionally, I served on the JMC curriculum committee, the JMC hiring board and the media advisory board. During this time, I gained a great deal of experience working as a teacher and an administrator. I did this while developing Studio1337 and attending graduate school as a full-time student.
WCLV-FM 95.5/WKSU FM 89.7 – Production Assistant
May 1999 – May 2001
My numerous responsibilities as an employee at WCLV and a fellow at WKSU included announcing a Sunday morning radio program, creating and submitting BMI and ASCAP logs for pay-for-play license billing, production of local and nationally syndicated programs and various administrative functions within the syndication, production and sales departments. I also served as a quality controller and I assisted on numerous remote broadcasts.
Kent State University: Masters degree
Media Management (Online Media Development)
Graduated May 2002
Kent State University: Bachelors degree
Major: Electronic Media Production
Minor: Information Systems
Graduated August 2000
Magna Cum Laude
I am an expert with the following software and languages:
I am proficient with the following software and languages:
PHP, MySQL, XML, Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, DadPro, Dart Pro 32, Strata and mp3 compression engines.
I have working knowledge of the following:
Visual Basic, QuarkXpress, Poser, ZBrush, Cool Edit Pro, Cakewalk Pro, Deep Paint, Maya.
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