At work: Graphic Designer. At home: Mom. In her mind: Superwoman. In reality: Generation Y.
Danielle Lebo, a graphic designer at The Church Online, thrives on creativity. Her position requires constant originality, and she works to bring daily inspiration to everyone else too. “I create eye-catching promotional graphics including flyers, posters, and websites for our clients that they will love,” she says. “I’m always searching for bigger and better ways to do things. I try to keep everyone laughing and smiling and keep the creativity flowing.” Working at The Church Online for over a year now, one of her favorite moments is working on a project from start to finish and seeing the client’s reaction. “That’s the most rewarding—knowing all the hard work you put into the process paid off,” she says.
Lebo is a team player and loves working with clients on an ongoing and consistent basis. She enjoys being able to share her passion and skill for designing with other people. “I find it rewarding to be clients’ go-to person for the creative issues that they ask me to solve, and in the meantime building a relationship with them,” she says. “It’s always fun looking back and seeing everything you’ve done. It makes you feel like you’re a part of their team too.”
She loves getting a chance to work on the graphics for large projects, like the Conversations Conference in 2015. “From designing the app and personal website for Bishop Thomas, to the printed materials that went along to the conference, it was a huge priority for us. It’s a great honor to work with such notable clients in our industry.” She notes the importance of honesty and open-mindedness when designing and working with clients. “Design is ever-changing,” Lebo says. “To truly be different, you have to be able to be open-minded and think out of the box. Be honest about what you like and don’t like.”
Lebo knows a thing or two about paying attention to what she really likes, as well as what is most important. Before graduating with honors with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, she studied fine arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. “After spending a semester at SVA, I realized I had an interest for graphic design and commercial art. And I realized I didn’t want to be a starving artist all my life,” she laughs. So she moved back to Pittsburgh to follow her passions. While attending The Art Institute, she worked as an intern for two top Pittsburgh agencies. After working in the industry for a year after graduation, she found The Church Online. “I joined the TCO family and they liked me enough to keep me,” she says with a smile. She loves the team she has the pleasure of working with every day. “We’re all a family here and it really makes a difference getting up and coming into work. It’s nice to always have someone to lean on.”
But design isn’t her only love. She enjoys spending time with her amazing family, who keep her busy and smiling with fun and adventurous activities. On the rare occasion that she isn’t with her family, she enjoys painting, arts and crafts, listening to music and going to concerts, watching movies, fishing, cooking and baking, and shopping. She also spends a good part of the year obsessing over all things pumpkin spice and fall.