Donna Tersiisky

Teaching Portfolio

Welcome to a world of possibilities

My name is Donna Tersiisky.

I am a teacher.

I work in the possibility business.

My job is not to stuff my students' heads full of information.

My job is to show them the possibilities:
the possibilities within design,
the possibilities within technology,
but most of all, the possibilities within themselves.


I teach undergraduate courses in Web and graphic design.

  • Web Design - Web design and development, information architecture, Adobe Dreamweaver, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, usability, accessibility, interface design
  • Web Site Development - Web design and development, information architecture, Adobe Dreamweaver, HTML, CSS, JavaScript
  • Visual Design Fundamentals - elements and principles of design, Adobe Illustrator
  • Advanced Design & Rapid Visualization - design and typography, rapid visualization, concept design and development, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator
  • Design & Typography - history of typography, type anatomy, typographic design
  • Writing for Multimedia - concept development, writing, editing
  • Information Design - information and interactive design, project development
  • Instructional Design - multimedia instructional design, project development
  • Media Portfolio - digital portfolio design and presentation, capstone course


I believe in creating websites that are both usable and enjoyable. My current focus is on integrating JavaScript (jQuery, Spry), WordPress and CSS3 into the sites I design.

My work can be viewed via my online portfolio.


You can see my skills in action throughout my portfolio site and some of the other websites I have designed.

left-brained skills

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • WordPress
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • JavaScript, jQuery
  • Adobe Illustrator

right-brained skills

  • Web design
  • Digital art and design
  • Interactive multimedia
  • Typography
  • Story and character creation
  • Writing and editing
  • 2D animation


Thanks to all of the amazingly passionate and generous people of the Web community who have shared their time, skills and creativity. You have inspired me and helped me learn my craft; I do my best to pass it on.

The site was coded using HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript and is best viewed in the most current version of Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Opera.

Credit for the the very nifty jQuery Coda Slider effect goes to Remy Sharp and can be found on his excellent jQuery for Designers site. This effect uses jQuery and Ariel Flesler's scrollTo plugin (and sons).

Thanks to Chris Coyier of CSS-Tricks for the Parallax background effect (resize your browser window to see this).

jQuery Link Manager Plugin thanks to Ewen Elder.

The dandelion Adobe Illustrator brushes are from Emily Portnoi's The Vector Brush Sourcebook .


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