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[Baptism by Fire] Three things about Shawn McAfee and Brian Ledwell of UW Oshkosh's Media Services: 1. They look nothing like this photo. 2. They are magicians, just like Penn and Teller, if Penn and Teller were a graphic artist and a multimedia developer. 3. They make everything visual more beautiful. (Hence, the pretty photo of themselves.)

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A true depiction of Brian Ledwell and Shawn McAfee as seen in Shawn's mind.

I'll be referring to Brian and Shawn a lot so you might as well get to know them. If you look at their University bios, you'll find this:

Brian Ledwell

Multi Media Developer

Brian graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Idaho.

Shawn McAfee

Coordinator of the Instructional Resources Center

Shawn graduated with a Masters Degree in Graphic Design from UW Milwaukee.

Compare their bios to my heavily edited one. So what gives? The simple answer: They don't like to toot their own horns. These folks and the others in the University Media Services do amazing work because, frankly, that's what they do. And they do it with little fanfare.

Brian designed the COLS Special Reports Web site and the pretty title cards that come with each highlight. I've watched him do "paint" a picture on a computer. Stunning handiwork. He is also solely responsible for this very site. I asked for something that embodies the peace and harmony that I exude so subtly.

Shawn, who is also an adjunct instructor in the art department, was my art director for the War: Through Their Eyes project. It's too soon to talk about what we went through on that project. Just know that by the end of the project I gained 14 pounds, relentlessly e-mailed students at 3 a.m. with a cheery "See you in 7 hours!" and lost the ability to speak intelligibly. Shawn often had to call upon the Grace Under Pressure Translator.

Now I've dragged her into the latest Super-Secret all-consuming multimedia faculty-student collaboration. Great, another 14 pounds...

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by Grace Lim last modified Mar 24, 2010 07:03 PM
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