Milo Axelrod is a graphic designer specializing in human-centered design and passionate about web and interface design, living in New Paltz.
What are you excited about right now?
I'm nearly finished with a full redesign the Sojourner Truth Library's website. STL is the campus library at SUNY New Paltz, a school that I graduated from not too long ago. As an alumni, I personally struggled with using the previous incarnation of the website, so getting the chance to come back and fix the damn thing has been very satisfying.
I've also just finished writing a new talk about how designers think (or don't think) about dimensions in web design, and how actively considering the web as a 3D space can help our designs make more sense and become a more intuitive experience for users. I'm hoping to present it at least a couple times this year!
How did you come to live in the Hudson Valley? What do you love about it?
I grew up in Rochester and moved to the Hudson Valley when I transferred to SUNY New Paltz. I had an excellent time getting a BFA in Graphic Design. The university didn't offer on-campus housing to transfer students at the time, so I enjoyed a series of mediocre apartments in town and was exposed to a great combo of campus life and village life. I found that the town of New Paltz has an excellent balance of small-town community kept fresh by the constant flow of new faces and ideas from the university, and I begrudgingly fell in love with it.
Shauna Keating, my classmate and good friend, tricked me into getting involved in the Hudson Valley Tech Meetup. I started volunteering fairly often, made a lot of friends, and met a lot of excellent people. After I graduated, I had an abstract desire to move to Seattle until Shauna asked me to get an apartment with her. I sat down and considered the benefits of moving to a vaguely exciting place far away vs. hanging out in a town that I already loved with a great professional network I'd already become a part of. I quickly stood up again, got my laptop, and started looking for 2 bedroom apartments on Craigslist.
When I tell people that a big reason I live in the Hudson Valley is for the tech community, they always seem surprised. I can't blame them, for I, too, once believed that the Hudson Valley was just a place to drive through. With all the amazing community organizations like the Hudson Valley Tech Meetup and projects like Hudson Valley Talentbase, I am quite sure that sooner or later, they will stop being so surprised.
Who are some other Hudson Valley creatives whose work you admire?
I've already mentioned her twice, but Shauna Keating is a magnificent human and designer. She always goes above and beyond in her leadership and is an incredibly supportive person in my life.
I'm also a huge fan of the Hudson River's work; it's done a phenomenal job with the landscaping. While the project has been a very long time in the making, I've read that it's still a work in progress. I'm very impressed with the river's dedication and patience, and I really hope to continue to see it doing great work for the region and the community.
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