JOAN SIMPSON is an Experience Designer for a leading digital storytelling platform for museums and cultural destinations which include many major institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian and the National Park Service. Joan also works as a Book Cover Designer and was the Head of Digital for a British publisher that produces books in a variety of subject areas including those in association with the Victoria & Albert Museum, British Museum, Museum of London and the National Trust to name a few.
Prior to her current roles, Joan worked on various projects as a UI/UX Designer, was the Head of the Library, Archive, Information and Knowledge Management at the Royal Society of Arts in London, England, the Interim Museum Director & Heritage Manager at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum in Bournemouth, England and was also based in Los Angeles, California as a Manager of Information & Library Services for 80 employees dispersed throughout Fortune 500 library and information centers throughout the United States.
She holds a Masters in Library & Information Science and a BFA in Art History. In between acquiring these two degrees, Joan had the opportunity to teach English as a Second Language in Mažeikiai, Lithuania for a year after backpacking around 15 countries in Europe for several months.
Joan also volunteers her time as a Board Director for the Gia Allemand Foundation for PMDD. She is passionate about women's reproductive, hormonal & mental health, as well as enhancing PMDD awareness to those who suffer from this rare and often life-threatening disorder.
After living in England for half a decade, Joan returned to America with her husband, Peter. With much deliberation, Joan declined employment offered to her by the founder of Etsy during its infancy in Brooklyn, to return to her hometown in upstate New York to be closer to family and start one of her own. During her down time, Joan tries her hand at photography and loves teaching her daughters how to bake & cook with ingredients from their own herb garden and their local CSA, The Good Food Collective. She continues to slowly damage her ears by turning the volume up to eleven while listening to her most-recent playlist including Wolf Alice, Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile, Brody Dalle, and Radiohead while rehabbing her mid-century house in a tiny village that Joan, Peter and their daughters call home.
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