Say Hello to NMCO’s Web Developer and Designer

NMCO’s Web Developer and Designer, Anna Kat Hollis, joined the NMCO team this summer after graduating from New Mexico State University in May. She had the honor of interning with NMCO in the spring.

Q: What made you interested in pursuing Web Design and Development as a career?

Anna Katherine Hollis (AKH): I wanted the option and diversity of being able to work on technical and creative projects. I love coding, but I also love designing and illustrating. After multiple conversations with people and learning more about the industry, I decided that combining design and development was the best fit for me.

Q: How does frontend development differ from backend development?

AKH: Backend development usually involves a lot more hardcore programming and can be extremely technical. Frontend development, on the other hand, can be a lot more design-related and uses a variety of programming languages like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. In short, backend development focuses on making sure the project actually functions, whereas frontend development emphasizes the project’s interface and experience of the user.

Q: How do you think social media is changing Web Development?

AKH: One of the most critical ways that social media is changing web development is that designing for mobile has never been more important. More often than not, people are interacting with a website on a mobile device or tablet rather than a desktop computer. This means that when I create a website, each element must be responsive and attractive on every digital device.

Q: What do you love about working at a creative agency such as NMCO?

AKH: I love the variety of projects that NMCO takes on. Whether it is a videography project or a web development project, whether the client is a small business or non-profit organization, NMCO does it! It is exciting to see the integration of all the services that NMCO has to offer to create something incredible for the client. It is a wonderful privilege to collaborate and learn from the amazing creatives here.

Q: Top favorite designers or websites?

AKH:

– Lynn Fisher is one of my all-time favorite developers/illustrators/designers. Every year she gives her personal website (lynnandtonic.com) a refresh and it’s always so exciting to see what new trends have emerged. She also has an amazing ongoing project where she makes detailed illustrations using only CSS.

– Jill Kittock is a designer and illustrator. Her work is humorous, but also thoughtful. I tend to be big-picture oriented, so her extremely detailed designs and drawings are truly awe-inspiring to me.

-Lastly, while the website corndog.io, serves no real purpose, it is a true testament to how fun web design and development can be.

Q: What’s your approach to Web Design and Development at NMCO?

AKH: NMCO has taught me a lot about my approach to web design and development. One key thing I have to remind myself is that there should be no pressure to reinvent the wheel every time I create a website. There is a balance between using tried and true elements and integrating new things that help make a website stand out. 

Q: What’s on your creative bucket list?

AKH: I think it would be really cool to design and build an app that is accessible in the App Store for anyone to install.

Q: If you weren’t doing Web Design and Development, what other types of projects would you work on?

AKH: I really enjoy illustrating in my free time. It would be so fun to illustrate and create graphics for an entire cookbook.

Q: What would you like to teach people about what you do?

AKH: There can be a lot of negative things about the Internet and social media, but it is not completely negative. Having a fun and well-designed website that helps serve and inform others can be a bright spot and bring good to a community.

Q: What are your favorite projects you have worked on at NMCO?

AKH: I really loved designing a website for a client using existing brand elements that had been created by Tina and Dana. There is a lot of joy found in “deconstructing” brand elements and incorporating them creatively into a website so that it can better tell the story of the individual or organization.

Q: What can we expect to see from you?

AKH: I’m just beginning in my career and exploring the world of Web Design and Development, but for now I’m excited to be creating new, creative, and dynamic websites!

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Kahlo

Door Greeter & Cookie Eater

Kahlo is our gentle, friendly, office pup! He loves his belly rubbed, sniffing absolutely everything, and hasn’t found a treat he wouldn’t eat! Be sure to say hi, he loves the attention!

Kelsey Gentile

Web Specialist

Once those websites are complete, Kelsey is our web maintenance manager. From regular updates, security checks, and content updates, Kelsey keeps our websites running smoothly, secure, and in tip-top shape.

Anna Kat Hollis

Lead Web Developer & Designer

We really like people named, “Anna”, especially named Anna Kat! Anna Kat is NMCO’s talented web developer and designer. She is smart, efficient, and crazy good at her craft! She has a background in design and focuses on functionality and UI/UX. You’re gonna love working with her!

Zac Wittstruck

Animator

If you’re needing quality animation, Zac is your guy! Motion graphics, custom character rigging, and 2D animation are some of Zac’s specialties. Zac always wears a smile and is truly one of the nicest people you’ll meet. When Zac isn’t whipping out great animations, he plays bass guitar for a local jazz band! What a cool cat!

Aaron Walterscheid

Video Specialist & Cinematographer

Aaron is NMCO’s “Silent Assassin”. While not the most outgoing of our talented crew, Aaron KILLS at videography, editing, color grading, drone operation, lighting, and doing what it takes to get the job done. His experience and skills speak loudly for themselves.

Sam Palm

Video Specialist & Photographer

With an eye for great picture-perfect moments, Sam is one of NMCO’s extremely talented video specialists! Sam is our main photographer, but also is a Director of Photography, editor, color specialist, and overall Jack-of-all-trades. When he’s not behind the camera, find Sam cruisin’ the Southwest on his Harley and living life to the fullest! Did we mention he has great hair?

Ralph Diaz

Senior Video Specialist

Don’t confuse Ralph with Academy Award-winning actor Johnny Depp. Although there’s a close resemblance, Ralph is much more talented behind the camera. He’s done it all from VFX to animation, to producing, directing, and editing some of our most memorable productions. It also should come as no surprise that he’s mastered the technical and practical aspects of videography, giving him the nickname, “The Doctor.”

Dana Apodaca

Senior Graphic Designer & Art Director

Dana is up to date on all expert software and can design circles around most designers. With creative solutions, a sensibility to trends, and the best artistic output, Dana can do it all from identity systems to layouts, to even giving art direction in our video productions.

Dawn Franco

Studio Manager

With a background in journalism, file archival and organization, Dawn is our client onboarding extraordinaire. From contract preparation, to project management, account direction, and reporting, Dawn stirs the pot for most productions, making sure it’s served hot and on time.

Lucky Gonzalez

Co-Founder & Media Buyer

With all of that creative, where are you going to put it?! Lucky has 18 years in business with the expertise and know-how, so he is naturally our go-to for media placement. From digital banner ads to broadcast TV, Lucky can take any budget and translate it to impressions and conversions. He prides himself on coming up with solutions for your problems.

Christina Ballew

Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer

When Tina co-founded NMCO she strived to push boundaries in creative services in the southwest. Building a creative studio from scratch was no easy feat but NMCO is now known for its professionalism and people-based, outside of the box ideas.   As Tina likes to say, she has done almost every job except for video editing itself. Her next goal is to take on the world.