M.F.A. Interface Design, Ohio State University
B.S. Visual Communication, Ohio University
• User Interface Design
• History and Production of Digital Media
• Nontraditional Storytelling
Beth Novak’s love of special effects began at a young age when her parents took her to a matinee of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. An eye for design and an affinity for technology sidelined the love of effects and led to a career in graphic design. After stints as an interface designer with the Chicago Tribune, the Detroit Free Press, and America Online, she returned to school to earn an MFA in Design. It was in graduate school while working at the Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design that she rediscovered her love of visual effects.
Beth has been at Ohio University since 2003, and in that time she has taught classes in areas such as the history of special effects, digital game production, computer animation, and media and the Web. Her creative work has ranged from digital game interface design for children to broadcast graphics for film.