Lindley's Job with Disney

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A Dream Come True.

by Jeff Murphy


Inspired by famous Disney animated films as a child growing up in Warrensburg, Tiffany Meador Lindley dreamed of working for the company, rubbing elbows one day with the animators of famous films such as "The Jungle Book." Like a verse from a Disney soundtrack, some dreams really do come true, particularly with a lot of hard work and creative talent.

Honored by the University of Central Missouri Alumni Association during 2012 winter commencement, Lindley currently works at Walt Disney Studios in Glendale, Calif., where she serves as the senior designer for Disney Publishing Worldwide's 35-member Digital Media Team. The recipient of the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award has enjoyed a rapidly growing professional career that has also taken her to jobs in Chicago and New York since graduating from UCM in 2003 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in commercial art and graphic design.

Anyone who has purchased apps for their iPhone or IPad or digital books produced by DPW may have used some of the products created with her assistance. With her creative team, Lindley has ventured into a new area of digital entertainment in which she art directs, storyboards and designs user experiences for many of DPW's Apps and interactive e-books. Her team incorporates story with animation, games drawing and movie footage to showcase many of Disney's treasured characters. This includes Disney Consumer Products Apps such as the Minnie Bow Maker, Brave: Storybook Deluxe, and Aristocats: Disney Classics, all available on iTunes.

In accepting the award, Lindley noted that her initial contact with Disney actually came at age 15, when she wrote to the company seeking career advice.

"I sent a portfolio and they actually responded to me, and told me what to study in college and encouraged me to continue pursuing my dream," she said.

At UCM, she learned from faculty members in the Department of Art and Design such as Neva Wood, Clint Orr and John Lynch. These individuals, she said, opened up a whole new world by helping her to realize she had strengths beyond watercolor and figure drawing -- they instilled in her a desire to learn more about color, layout, and design. Their patience and support, and even critical but helpful advice still resonate today, and remind Lindley how to grow and learn in her professional career.

Lindley remembers the words of the late Professor Lynch, who taught her to accept constructive criticism. "I still hear him today in my head while at work, 'Your art is not your baby. Don't treat it like your baby and take it personally.'"

Married to Shane Lindley, senior producer on the DPW Digital Team, the Outstanding Recent Alumna has served at her current position since August 2011. She has held other positions such as an interactive designer for DPW in White Plains, N.Y., and as content producer and designer for Disney Digital Books in Glendale, Calif.

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