30 Sep

Celebrating 5 Years: Jill Nemec

We’re thrilled to celebrate Jill Nemec’s Pepperversary!

It’s been 5 wonderful years since she took a leap of faith on us! Jill left the comfort of her home in Savannah, Georgia to move to Maryland and join 11p, in its infancy stages. Over the years, Jill has leveraged her awesome design and typography skills, and has now even broadened her skills into UX.

Jill loves traveling near and far to hike or ski. She’s also an avid coffee drinker and rock collector.

To learn more about Jill, check out this infographic and read our special interview!


1. Best part of working at Eleven Peppers Studios?
Great people, good leaders, and flexible hours.

2. If you were a pepper, what type would you be and why?

Mini bell pepper… minimal and sweet!

3. What is a favorite 11P event? Of course the holiday parties, but more recently I really enjoyed the Baltimore Coffee and Tea morning. Such a great way to start off a Friday with all those smiling faces!

4. What is your favorite Christmas present ever received from 11P?  The Duchess a.ka. The Roomba.

5. What is your favorite 11P memory? Any and all snow days!

6. Name a Pepper you can always lean on for support or advice: It’s hard to pick one… Kelsey has been a great desk mate for a “take a break” stroll and convo. And, Kathryn and Theresa are great listeners and advice givers!

7. Name a Pepper whose work or work ethic inspires you: Easy, it’s Kristen. She has inspired me since grad school when she decided one day she would start her own business. She didn’t know what it would be then, but she made it happen! You can always count on her to come through and show up. And, I don’t know how she does it with minimal hours of sleep and a smile on her face. She also exhausts me.

8: My spice meter :

  • Complete wimp
  • Will proceed with caution
  • A subtle flame!
  • A little sweat never hurt
  • The spicier, the better!

Get to know Jill a little bit better…

1. Any secrets talents or hobbies? Rock collecting. And, I can still do a back flip on a trampoline.

2. Favorite type of coffee to drink? First and foremost a Nespresso. Second, a fresh cup of coffee from Albert. But, mostly sneaking sips of Joey’s vanilla lattes because it’s more fun sharing!

3. Where is the best place you’ve ever gone skiing (snow or water)? I don’t know that there is a best… but when it comes to snow and some crazy slopes I’d have to say traversing the mountains of Alta (no snowboarders allowed!) and Snowbird (most expert skiers I’ve ever seen) in Utah with my nieces and brother.

For water it has to be where I learned to slalom… the bitterly cold water of the Columbia River in Washington. Of late it’s Norris Lake, Tennessee for my old bones. The water is amazing and the perfect temp!

4. What’s your favorite book of all time? If it’s favorite of all time then it’s “Green Eggs and Ham” hands down.

5. What is the furthest you’ve traveled from home? Dubrovnik, Croatia

6. How many trails have you hiked? Geeze, who counts! I’ve been hiking the Appalachians and Cascades since I was a kid plus all vacations include a hike… probably 50+!?!

18 Apr

Pepper Talk with Debbie Williams

Welcome back to Pepper Talk, this month we’re getting up-close and person with Deb. Just a little background before we get started, Deb has been with Eleven Peppers Studio for about 3 years. She currently works on UX projects for the government sector but also has a lot of experience working as an Instructional Designer. Read her Q&A below!


1: Do you have any nicknames?
Just about everyone close to me calls me Deb…

 

2: What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Make coffee! I’m a morning person but no conversations until coffee. Shortly after, I’m also scrolling through text messages from my kids and then jumping online to catch up on emails or see what’s going on in the world.

 

 3: How would you describe your design style?
I like clean, simple designs. My writing style is conversational and I enjoy incorporating elements of story-telling into my writing.

 

4: How did you get started?
I graduated from Penn State (yay Nittany Lions) and began my career working as a systems engineer. After staying home with my kids when they were little, I decided to enroll in a master’s program in instructional design where I could combine my passion for teaching with my interest in technology. Since then, I’ve worked on all sorts of instructional design projects including serious learning games, simulations, web-based training courses, and instructor-led training. I’m really interested in finding out how people learn and thinking about how best to use multi-media to express an idea or explain a complicated concept.

 

5: What are your favorite tools of the trade? What are the worst?
Favorites: I like anything Adobe.

Worst: PowerPoint, SharePoint.

 

6: Do you have a set process when beginning a new project?
I’m a research junkie so when I start a new project, I love to research the audience. I also like to draw inspiration from other ideas and will spend time seeing what other people are up to.

 

7: What do you draw inspiration from?
I would have to say my kids often provide my greatest inspiration – Lauren (25), Allison (23), and Michael (21). They give me lots of ideas to draw from and they keep me young! For style and color inspiration, I look for ideas in fashion and interior design.

 

 8: Rapid-Fire Round:

Caffeine or no: Caffeine…coffee, lots of it.
Sweet or Savory: Sweet…any kind of chocolate
Favorite Movie: The Shawshank Redemption.
Guilty Pleasure: Watching old episodes of The Office
Hobbies: Hiking, reading, crafts, any activity near the beach!

 

9: Okay, admission time… If you could pick one design that you wish you had come up with first, what would it be?
The yellow smiley face…it’s simple and make people feel happy.


Thanks for meeting Deb. As always, stay tuned for next month’s Pepper Talk to meet another member of our team!

14 Mar

Celebrating 5 Years: Theresa Santelli

Today we are celebrating another five year work anniversary, Theresa Santelli, Director of Creative Services. Theresa has been instrumental in leading one of our award winning private-sector teams and has rightfully earned the respect of her teammates, and of course, her customers. She recently transitioned into her new Director role to support the strategy and operations of ALL of our creative services. Check out this graphic for more info about Theresa, and read our special interview:


 

 

1: What do you like most about working at 11P? The lack of BS… and the trust. The trust I feel is put in me and the trust I have in my bosses and co-workers alike.

 

2: What is a favorite 11P memory (in words or in sketch)? The second 11p Holiday Party. It was the point in my mind when symbolically it all came together. To look around and see how far we had come since the year before when we all fit at one table (and I was still waiting for a start date J). Kristen had such a look of gratitude on her face when she looked around the room… it was like …Look what we did!! Amazing!

 

3: What is your favorite Christmas present ever received from 11P? Disney World! It was the best! I love Disney World! I even reached a new level of Disney nerdom on that trip when a few of us (Albert and his now wife and Popka and her family were there with me) got on a bus before the sun even rose to catch an early magic hour at Animal Kingdom to get in line for the new Avatar Flight of Passage ride. Yup! New level! This girl, not a morning person. Good thing we did though. Later that day the line was like 4 hours long.

 

4: What is your favorite 11P event? I don’t have one because I can’t choose. We are always trying new things, which I LOVE trying new things and many times just a simple happy hour turns out to be so much fun too.

 

5: If you were a pepper, what type of pepper would you be and why? Thai Chili because it’s with an “H”

 

6: Name a Pepper you can always lean on for support or advice: There are so many! I’ve been lucky enough to work directly with several peppers all of which have been amazing people as well as co-workers. To name one though I have to say one I haven’t worked with, Dave. He’s my partner in crime (disclaimer: not real crimes). He listens to all my things (or at least acts like he’s listening 😉 ), tells me things will be okay when I’m upset, and is happy when I’m happy.

 

7: Name a Pepper whose work or work ethic inspires you: Debbie. It’s inspiring how dedicated she is to how a project will turn out.

 

8: My spice meter :

  • Complete wimp
  • Will proceed with caution
  • A subtle flame!
  • A little sweat never hurt
  • The spicier, the better!

 

Get to know Theresa a little bit better…

1: Where is the furthest you’ve traveled from home?
Cusco, Peru (that took some serious googling, with London, England coming in a close second with only a 13 mile difference between the two).

 

2: Where do you want to travel next?
We have a trip to Zion National Park planned for next month. I love going to national parks, and love traveling in general.

 

3: How many trails have you hiked (estimate)?
How many hikes and how many trails is different. I’ve hiked the same trails several times and couldn’t possibly come up with a number of hikes (in the hundreds). But the number of trails not hikes, hmmm, probably about 75 spanning various states, countries, and continents.

 

4: What is your favorite hike so far?
Inca Trail (Peru), but other top tier are Iceberg Lake (Glacier/Montana) and Half Dome (Yosemite/California).

 

5: If you could be ANY superhero/have their powers, who would it be?
So, I feel like saying Wonder Woman is cheating because who doesn’t want to be a demigod raised by Amazons, so Logan/Wolverine. If I had super healing I could get really good at so much stuff!! No injuries, no recovery time, no illness!! I would have so many more black belts!

 

6: If you had to pick one wine to drink the rest of your life, what would it be?
Whoa, this question hurts my heart a little, but pinot noir. I miss the others already and this isn’t even real.

 

7: What is your favorite type of yoga practice?
Hatha is my favorite and the one I couldn’t live without but I like it all.

 

8: If you were a type of coffee, what would it be?
Espresso.

 

9: Any secret talents or hobbies?
Yes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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