Zachary Pfaff

Zachary Pfaff

Associate Web Designer


Blizzard Entertainment

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
In high school I knew I wanted to get into art.
I took as many classes and worked on my skills as much as I could to get ahead.
I dropped out of college and jumped into the industry.
The friendships I made opened a lot of doors for me and my skills helped me through them.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Garden Grove High School
Bachelor
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
The Art Institute of California-Orange County

Career

Associate Web Designer

I design epic websites and web content to partner with my company's video games.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Design
Technology
Being Creative

Day to Day

I get to work and go to my stand-up meeting, where I sync with the rest of my team on what was done yesterday and what is planned to be worked on today. After that, I head to my computer and work on any design tasks I have for the day. This flow is only interrupted by lunch, other meetings, and discussions with coworkers about our projects.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Having good social skills, being punctual, having good time management, and having integrity are all important skills to have to be successful in the workplace of the video game industry.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Hone your design and social skills. You'll be expected to do good design work, but you'll also be expected to work well on a team with other individuals. Your ability to create strong designs and work smoothly with others on projects will be key components in your success as a web designer.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"You're going to be a starving artist" and "You should get a real job."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
First-Generation College Student
LGBT