Health Sciences Communications
Wendy Darling is Communications Specialist for Health Sciences Communications at Emory University. In this position, she is responsible for the main WHSC web site and various smaller WHSC-operated web sites. Darling is responsible for technical as well as content-related work, including the production of multimedia content and assignment of work via the web site's content management system. She is also heavily involved in the Emory News Center and management of health sciences-specific social media.
Darling began her career in 1997 as Assistant Web Designer with the Georgia Division of Public Health, which was in a push to increase its web presence, for the benefit of the general public as well as Division staff. During the course of her three years at GDPH, Darling was instrumental a web site redesign as well as the development of a great deal of content, produced in cooperation with Division staff. Darling was also involved in staff training and usability testing, to assure maximum usability for the Division web site.
Darling's second position was also a public sector position, this time at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, a center for advanced applied engineering within the Georgia Institute of Technology. As a web developer, over the course of three years Darling was responsible for the design, implementation and maintenance of web projects, including an extensive public web site, corporate intranet, and work with intranet-based applications.
After two years of full-time consulting work (see below), Darling began work at the Atlanta Regional Commission in 2006. As full-time web site coordinator, Darling created and managed multiple web sites for a regional government organization. All web sites were set up and administered using the Red Dot Content Management System. The position also included extensive work training internal staff, including leading training sessions and writing tutorials.
Darling's many years in web development also includes the operation of a one-woman consulting firm, Metro Girl, which has developed and/or maintained over 50 web sites since 1998. Clients have included professional firms, non-profit organizations, small businesses, artists and many others. She began her web design career tinkering with the web — a very early version of it — while a journalism student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and later, as an exchange student at the University of Georgia.
Besides her digital communications career, Darling has a second part-time career as a writer and editor. She is the author of a published novel and co-editor of two short story anthologies as well as numerous novels, all published by Immanion Press, based in Stafford, England. Another part-time passion is a popular blog about Art Deco architecture, which she curates, posting photos, videos and information from web sites, online photo archives and photo galleries around the world.