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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
an Austinite trapped in the Vortex of Suck known as The Woodlands, Texas, living near Austin Texas in the World Capitol of White Privilege with my beautiful, amazing, wonderful wife Amy and my two dogs, Sophie and Max, doing my career thing and generally loving life. We moved to Texas 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, Texas and now The Woodlands, near Houston.
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)
Just because some kids occasionally do dumb things, doesn’t mean you should be a prick about it. People seem to have a lot to say about kids and Tide Pods (or the latest craze – condoms). I understand the negative reaction, but the generalizations that typically follow are absurd and hypocritical. Kids doing dumb things […]
This is a sad movie for two reasons. First, it is Daniel Day Lewis’s final film. Second, it is garbage. This is an art film. Do not expect it to be filled with intrigue, suspense or action. That said, a good film premise, great writing and great acting can make the most subtle movie worth […]
That admission probably sounds strange, coming from someone raised with progressive values in a liberal household. Believe me when I say I didn’t do this because I was a racist. I wasn’t trying to demean someone of color. I wasn’t trying to subjugate him or demonstrate racial superiority. I was being mischievous, like giving a […]
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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