Define:SpunkyGidget

“Blogging” since 1996, www.spunkygidget.com since 2000.

Define: SpunkyGidget

spirited; plucky, having or showing courage or spirit in trying circumstances, senses & feels far more than can understand or put into words…

Define:SpunkyGidget

Known as Spunky Gidget since I was a teenager, I am a goofball who descends from generations of clowns on the noble side of the family, while my grandma and grandpa on the other side are the country-western swing Three Rivers Band… When you look up “hyperthymia” on the internet you’ll find me. I am a clown and a designer. I love Jim Henson’s Muppets, and I think different.

"Give It Up for Gidget"

Childhood

Bank of America, Charlotte

Travelocity, Dallas

Microsoft, Seattle

Yahoo, San Francisco

BaxleyStudios, San Diego

Apple, San Francisco

Disney, Los Angeles

 

Childhood

Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana

I was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where my family lived until my daddy died. We moved soon after leaving behind aunts and uncles who reminded me vaguely of Muppets, mainly namely Janice and Dr. Teeth of Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem.

Moved to Franklin, North Carolina

After my daddy died, we moved to Franklin in the highlands of North Carolina, which was something like living in a scene out of Lord of the Rings with Gandalf in the shire. I attended Cartoogechaye Elementary School.

While we lived in the mountains my mother attended an antiques auction where I came across a locked violin case. She won the bid for my violin, and after the auction closed they were finally able to open the case to reveal a beautiful violin in need of restoration…

Grew up in Charlotte, NC

Violin Recital

When my mother met Melvin Baxley, he brought us a round tin of his mother’s pinwheel cookies and taught us how to make snow angels… and fourteen weeks later we moved to Charlotte, my mother his bride. My mother sent our auction prize to violin maker John Sipe for complete restoration, and I began lessons with Cynthia Osbourne.

Thomasboro Elementary

At Thomasboro Elementary I tested into the “academically gifted” program immediately, but had to convince my parents to actually let me do it. I loved it. A few grades later the school held a contest for creating a Thomasboro mascot. Mine was chosen and we became the Thomasboro Tigers. Later my “Bee Cool Stay in School” poster wins so that I got to meet the Charlotte Hornet’s beloved Muggsy Bogues, and take friends to the show.

The bad hair continues.

Northwest School of the Arts

For middle school when Charlotte introduced the magnet school programs intended to reintegrate our racially segregated schools, I got into the performing arts school at the Northwest School of the Arts where I was a student in the Year Round “Open” program. I was first chair first violin in our performing quintet.

Harding University High

I enjoyed orchestra at Harding University High (International Baccalaureate School of Math & Sciences), and was first chair first violin, or at times first chair second violin, but I wasn’t interested in long hours of practice and pursuing music as my passion.

My father an artist and painter, at Harding I became interested in the formal training for media arts. I took all the classes offered, and was disappointed when I learned that was all the curriculum we had. I wanted to learn more.

So I dropped out of Harding to the dismay of our principal Dr. Venton Bell in ninth grade at 15 years old.

Unfortunately, when I went to sign up for design courses at CPCC, I found out that North Carolina state schools wouldn’t let me in until I was sixteen… I spent the days between then and my birthday catching the bus from our home on the West Side—Forsythia Circle off Freedom Drive—to downtown just hanging out reading at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library…

1996 Sweet Sixteen

Studied Art, Advertising & Design at CPCC

Thus it was that at sixteen years old under a concurrent enrollment program for high school students I finally I began my study of Art and Advertising & Graphic Design at Central Piedmont. I had my first gallery showing as part of my art classes, and I also enjoyed taking more technical classes like the 4-color process hand “stripping” class from the graphics technology department.

Blues Traveler Cover in 4-Color Process, Frank's Stripping Class CPCC 1996. I was the best stripper in the class!

Blues Traveler Cover in 4-Color Process, Frank’s Stripping Class CPCC 1996. I was the best stripper in the class!

Bank of America, Charlotte

1997

I landed a dream job on the brand transition team handling the acquisition and transition of the Bank of America brand.

1998

After the brand transition was complete I moved into a permanent role on the Bank of America Creative Services team.

1999

I asked where can I get the absolute best training? The answer was Lynda.com. So I went to meet Lynda.

Lynda.com Web Graphics Certificate of Completion, Ojai, CA December 1999

Lynda.com Web Graphics Certificate of Completion for Angela Benson, Ojai, CA December 1999

 

2000

The Bank of America Creative Services East Meets West Trip in Chicago.

Landon + Angela Benson, Bank of America Creative Services, Chicago, July 2000, Wrigley Field. The Bank of America Creative Services East Meets West Trip

Landon + Angela Benson, Bank of America Creative Services, Chicago, July 2000, Wrigley Field.

2001

I left Bank of America Creative Services to pursue web design with another team. I attend my first conference, the NNGroup World Usability Tour in Seattle with my Bank of America colleague Curtis Sund. 

5 Stages of Accomplishment for Angela from Bank of America Creative Services team 1999-2000

Bank of America Creatives Services Going Away Card

Travelocity, Dallas

2002

Microsoft, Seattle

2003

2004

Europe

Greek Isles

Angela & Chelsa in Greece

 

Ponte De Colonne, Venice

Ponte De Colonne, Venice, August 2004

Angela Marie in Venezia, Italia. Photo Chelsa Hiatt August 13, 2004.

Angela Marie in Venezia, Italia. Photos by Chelsa Hiatt, August 13, 2004.

The Violinist and her Italian Violin Maker

Angela and the violin maker

 

Pretty in Pink, Breast Cancer Awareness. Angela + Barbara The Waterfront, Seattle. Photo @BGoldy October 9, 2004

Pretty in Pink, Breast Cancer Awareness. Angela + Barbara The Waterfront, SEA. @BGoldy 10.9.2004

2005

2006

Experience Designer for Microsoft Web Platform & Tools
…becomes Product Manager for Microsoft Expression;
Educated by Kellogg’s Best—Mohan Sawhney.

 

Ang at Beaver Creek, Colorado with @BGoldy, @BenYaffe and family. March 29, 2006

Ang at Beaver Creek, Colorado with @BGoldy, @BenYaffe and family. March 29, 2006

 

Tantek + Ang in microformats.

Tantek + Ang in microformats. The Parlor Bellevue, WA April 12, 2006

The Parlor Bellevue, WA April 12, 2006

 

Microsoft’s Mix ’06

My team was responsible for Mix ’06.

My Biggest Influencers: @Mollydotcom, @T and @Lynda, Mix '06.

My Biggest Influencers: @Mollydotcom, @T and @Lynda

 

@DotBen captures @SpunkyGidget's true self. Vegas, Mix '06

@DotBen captures @SpunkyGidget’s true self. Vegas, Mix ’06

 

Angela and boyfriend Brian Goldfarb of Microsoft's Mix '06. Photo @t March 20, 2006

Angela and boyfriend Brian Goldfarb of Microsoft’s Mix ’06. Photo @t March 20, 2006

2007

Web Directions North

Angela introducing Jared Spool, Web Directions North

Angela Introducing Jared

Microsoft + Web Direction North Ski Trip to Whistler

Tiff and Angela at two o'clock

Tiff (Fehr) & Angela Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, photo Suzanne Long,  February 11, 2007

 

expression, not expressions!

“Expression, not Expressions” with Tantek Çelik, Technorati, Greg Rewis, Adobe (@garazi)
— Evidence — the DW product manager and the WE product manager were hanging out! 😉
— Of course! We’re crazy social like that. 🙂

 

MediaTemple Party: Dan Cederholm, John Allsopp, Tantek Celik and Angela Baxley get their chat on between rounds. Photo @sfegette February 9, 2007 Downtown, Vancouver, BC, CA

MediaTemple Party: Dan Cederholm, John Allsopp, Tantek Celik and Angela Baxley get their chat on between rounds. Photo @sfegette February 9, 2007 Downtown, Vancouver, BC, CA

 

Ang, Goldfarb and Stef. Web Directions North, Whistler Microsoft Party.

Ang, Goldfarb and Stef. Web Directions North, Whistler Microsoft Party. February 9, 2007

 

Microsoft and Adobe, friends. @Ang and @garazi, Web Directions North.

Microsoft and Adobe, friends. @Ang and @Garazi, Web Directions North.

 

Angela Baxley + Pete LePage, Microsoft @ Web Directions North. February 8, 2007

Angela Baxley + Pete LePage, Microsoft @ Web Directions North. February 8, 2007

 

Angela attempting to pay some bills

“Angela attempting to pay some bills”, photo Aaron Gustafson, February 7, 2007

 

Angela Baxley at the Microsoft Speaker dinner featuring Andy Clarke, Derrick Featherstone, and Jeremy Keith. Photo @t Vancouver, BC. February 7, 2007.

Angela Baxley at the Microsoft Speaker dinner featuring Andy Clarke, Derrick Featherstone, and Jeremy Keith. Photo @t Vancouver, BC. February 7, 2007.

 

@SpunkyGidget at Web Directions North, February 6, 2007.

@SpunkyGidget at Web Directions North, February 6, 2007.

Rome, Italy

I studied creative writing in Rome with the University of Washington in the summer…

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Graduated University of Washington, Cum Laude

I graduated with a bachelor’s in Communication, and Social Sciences with a focus on Gender, Ethnicity and Culture.

Sigma Alpha Lambda Press Release for Angela M. Baxley, September 2007

Sigma Alpha Lambda Press Release for Angela M. Baxley, September 2007

 

Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society for Angela M. Baxley, December 2007

Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society for Angela M. Baxley, December 2007

 

2008

Seattle/Microsoft

Pownce Launch Party, @Ang with @DBurka.

Pownce Launch Party, @Ang with @DBurka. Photo by @T, January 16, 2008.

Photo by @T, January 16, 2008.

SxSW

@ArielWaldman @Ang @Ori and @Veronica. Photo @t SxSW 2008.

@ArielWaldman @Ang @Ori and @Veronica. Photo @t SxSW March 7, 2008.

Sponsored inaugural Web Directions North, and the following year. Sponsored SxSW Geeks <3 Bowling with gal pal @cindyli.

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Photo by friend Mark Norman Francis @cackhanded.

 

Geeks <3 Bowling sponsored by Expression Media @ SxSW March 9, 2008.

SXSWi08

I left Microsoft and Seattle and started at Yahoo on Cinco de Mayo. I found my first SF apartment in the Mission on Van Ness @ 16th.

San Francisco/Yahoo

Angela Baxley's Going Away Bash

Golden Microsoft Departed: Ang left for San Francisco and Yahoo, and years later, Goldfarb left for Google when Ang went to Apple.

 

@Baxley's Going Away Bash. The first of the birds to migrate from Seattle (Microsoft) to San Francisco. BFF @t's [think outside the] Box Model Hack.

@Baxley’s Going Away Bash. The first of the birds to migrate from Seattle (Microsoft) to San Francisco. BFF @t’s [think outside the] Box Model Hack. Seattle May 2008 by Brian Goldfarb.

Everyone's a Rock Star

Spunkykissin by @dkr May 18, 2008. Later @DKR followed @Ang to SF. And @Tara came back home, briefly, too.

Spunkykissin by @dkr May 18, 2008. Later @dkr & @tara make the SEA-SF move too!

 

Ryan Sammich

Ryan Sammich, Bay-to-Breakers, SF, photo by DKR May 18, 2008

Coffee To The People

“Cindy, Marianne, Stickel, Angela, Lauren, Dave.” photo by Jeremy Keith, June 15, 2008

 

Angela!

Angela! photo by Eris, June 28, 2008

 

3G-#6

WordPress Scavenger Hunt

42-LOL @ LOL Wall WP Scavenger Hunt with @Tara and @KaraEM August 17, 2008

42-LOL @ LOL Wall WP Scavenger Hunt with @Tara and @KaraEM August 17, 2008

 

@spunkygidget @tarabrown @t hittin the pownce party

@spunkygidget @tarabrown @t hittin the pownce party

Me & Tara @ Pownce Anniversary Party, photo Andrei Zmievski, @a, a creator of PHP. June 27, 2008

 

 

A Trammell Sammy

A @Tara @Trammell @Ang Sammy

 

@ang @tara and @c

 

Besties: @Ang, @T and @Tara June 27, 2008 Pownce 1st Anniversary Party @ Justin.tv

 

 

WordPress turns Five! Happiness is Engineered! <3 @marianne_m @ 111 Minna May 27, 2008

WordPress turns Five! Happiness is Engineered! <3 @marianne_m @ 111 Minna May 27, 2008

 

More ex-Microsofties @Ang and @Tara at @T's June 29, 2008

More ex-Microsofties @Ang and @Tara at @T’s June 29, 2008

 

Digg, @Ang and @DanRubin, November 20, 2008.

Digg, @Ang and @DanRubin, November 20, 2008.

Digg, @Tara and @Ang, November 20, 2008.

Digg, @Tara and @Ang, November 20, 2008.

Digg Meetup SF with @Ang, @Daisy, and @Tara. Photo diggdotcom, November 19, 2008.

Digg Meetup SF with @Ang, @Daisy, and @Tara. Photo diggdotcom, November 19, 2008.

“When pigs fly…” @ ‘Current Diggs the Election’ — Obama wins. @tara + @ang, photo by @a. November 4, 2008

@SeanBonner @Tara and I after Obama won. Few things have affected me so greatly as that night, and 9/11.

@SeanBonner @Tara and I after the first black man won the Presidency. NC/IN both went ‘blue’.

@Tara and her maid of honor @SpunkyGidget, Wedding Night October 31, 2008.

Sean & Tara Get Married

“Angela = Maid of Honor” @Ori and @Ang at @Tara + @SeanBonner’s Wedding, Los Angeles October 31, 2008

@TFerriss and @Ang at @Tara's in SF for a little R&R. October 16, 2008

@TFerriss and @Ang at @Tara’s in SF for a little R&R. Photo @SeanBonner, October 16, 2008.

 

Geeks in Vegas. What conference was that??? Angela & @DanRubin photo @StefSull, October 15, 2008.

Geeks in Vegas. What conference was that??? Angela & @DanRubin photo @StefSull, October 15, 2008.

Brunch at Ti Couz, @CindyLi @Ori, @RR, @Ang, @Hooligan and @Tara December 14, 2008

Brunch at Ti Couz, @CindyLi @Ori, @RR, @Ang, @Hooligan and @Tara December 14, 2008

 

“Puking from the pink” — @Tara shoots @Ang and @CindyLi SF, December 13, 2008

@Ang and Grinnin' @Stickel, photo @dkr December 11, 2008.

@Ang and Grinnin’ @Stickel, photo @dkr December 11, 2008.

Found a fan of country western swing. He moved to Portland, go figure.

Found a fan of country western swing. He moved to Portland, go figure.

Goulet Party with @Cap and @Ceedub. Photo @jayzombie, December 6, 2008.

Goulet Party with @Cap and @Ceedub. Photo @jayzombie, December 6, 2008.

Yahoo

2009

Breckenridge

@TheAdnostic, @Ang and @Eris: Geeks in 3D February 8, 2009.

@TheAdnostic, @Ang and @Eris: Geeks in 3D (see boys photo) February 8, 2009.

SxSW, Austin, TX

Angela Baxley, 97Bottles.com Happy Hour at The Gingerman. Photo by Nick Fink. SxSW March 13, 2009 6th Street, Austin, TX, US.

Angela Baxley, 97Bottles.com Happy Hour at The Gingerman. Photo by Nick Fink. SxSW March 13, 2009 6th Street, Austin, TX.

 

Angela Baxley. Photo by Jared Goralnick (@technotheory), SxSW March 13, 2009.

Angela Baxley. Photo by Jared Goralnick (@technotheory), SxSW March 13, 2009.

 

“You’re the One”—Photo by Jared Goralnick @technotheory. March 14, 2009

 

Jami and Me. Fell in love with my recruiter.

Jami and Me. Fell in love with my recruiter.

 

“@Ang made it happen.” with @MSG and Jami, Red River District, Austin, SxSW March 16, 2009.

 

Lunch with the last of the geek girls in Austin, March 22, 2009 SxSW. Photo @JayZombie.

Lunch with the last of the geek girls in Austin, March 22, 2009 SxSW. Photo @JayZombie.

Starting Day 8 with Ang

MSG, New York, NY

“Giving Up” — @MSG takes photo of @Ang and @Fabien, NYC. April 2, 2009

 

Coachella, California

“Hawtie that Im sleeping with at Coachella” — @Tara and @Ang at Coachella April 18, 2009

 

Coachella —@Tara and @Ang girls weekend April 19, 2009

Coachella —@Tara and @Ang girls weekend April 19, 2009

Citizen Space, San Francisco

Micheal and Angela at Citizen Space, SF. July 15, 2009

Micheal and Angela at Citizen Space, SF. July 15, 2009

@Tara & @SeanBonner’s, Los Angeles

 

“Furry Critters make everything better”—@Ang in LA. Photo @Tara May 25, 2009

Initiative 29, Le Club. October 2009 Eris, Susan Hobbs, and Angela

Initiative 29, Le Club. October 2009 Eris, Susan Hobbs, and Angela

Moved to San Diego

I snuck out of San Francisco Halloween 2009 headed for San Diego…

2010 San Diego

Metropolitan Museum of Art with @MSH December 21, 2010

Metropolitan Museum of Art with @MSH December 21, 2010

Stay Classy Awards November 19, 2010

Stay Classy Awards November 2010

@Ang and @LeggoMyMego @ Stay Classy Awards

@Ang and @LeggoMyMego @ Stay Classy Awards, November 2010

@Ang and @LeggoMyMego @ Stay Classy Awards, November 2010

@Ang and @LeggoMyMego @ Stay Classy Awards, November 2010

 

 

Megan, Nonie and Ang — The Women of San Diego IxDA @ MediaTemple Party for An Event Apart November 3, 2010

Megan, Nonie and Ang — The Women of San Diego IxDA @ MediaTemple Party for An Event Apart November 3, 2010

@K and @C Wedding, @MisterBill with Sarah Harrison, Tim Van Loan, Angela Marie Glass and Susan Hobbs at San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers. 10.10.10

@K and @C Wedding: @MisterBill with Sarah Harrison, Tim Van Loan, Angela Marie Glass and Susan Hobbs at San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers. 10.10.10

@Ang and her Best Friends: @NonieKimp and @FlaoFlao, August 1, 2010 San Diego

@Ang and her Best Friends: @NonieKimp and @FlaoFlao, August 1, 2010 San Diego

“Drinks the Last Day in Lima” Angela Marie with Greg Ise in Lima, Peru, July 12, 2010

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"lovely smart women" — Nonie Kimp with Julie Zhuo and Angela Marie Glass. Web App Masters Tour San Diego March 26, 2010

“lovely smart women” — Nonie Kimp with Julie Zhuo and Angela Marie Glass. Web App Masters Tour San Diego March 26, 2010

@jayadelson and @WilloLovesYou, my supporters. Photo @MSH, SxSW March 13, 2010.

@jayadelson and @WilloLovesYou, my supporters. Photo @MSH, SxSW March 13, 2010.

“Ang and I will not get kicked out this time”—NSFW: @Ang and @MSH SxSW 2010.

2011

Gidget the Clown

Then I became a graveyard clown… Niblicks of Hessen Cassel, August 2011

Ballerina Angelina

SF with @hillary June 19, 2011

SF with @hillary June 19, 2011

Geeks love SanD? @LeggoMyMeggo, @JunAxup and @Ang with June Clarke, June 2011

Geeks love SanD? @LeggoMyMeggo, @JunAxup and @Ang with June Clarke, June 2011

Nonie's Farewell from San Diego / Hello DC, April 20, 2011

Nonie’s Farewell from San Diego / Hello DC, April 20, 2011

About.me/Angela SxSW 2011

About.me/Angela SxSW 2011

@Baxley and @EricO a match made in apple pancake heaven.

@Baxley and @EricO a match made in apple pancake heaven.

Winnie the Pooh and two girls too. SxSW 2011 SF Embassy

Winnie the Pooh and two girls too. SxSW 2011 SF Embassy

Sovereign Citizens with Diplomatic Immunity? It's the SF Embassy!

Sovereign Citizens with Diplomatic Immunity? It’s the SF Embassy!

Cops?! What?! You want to search me, Miss Piggy?! Thwarting electrical energy.

Cops?! What?! You want to search me, Miss Piggy?! Thwarting electrical energy.

 

Make new friends, but keep the old... @WilloToons @Stickel and @SpunkyGidget - April 4, 2011 SxSW SF Embassy

Make new friends, but keep the old… @WilloToons @Stickel and @SpunkyGidget – April 4, 2011 SxSW SF Embassy

Swingin' Monkey, just me. SF Embassy, SxSW 2011

Swingin’ Monkey, just me. SF Embassy, SxSW 2011

Reach for the Stars, Go to the Moon — photo Boris Valerian @ SxSW March 27, 2011

Reach for the Stars, Go to the Moon — photo Boris Valerian @ SxSW March 27, 2011

SxSW 2011 Alexander Berkeley Lambert with Adi Benveniste, Angela Marie Glass, Thanasi Arthur Glavas, Laura Gluhanich, Keith Robinson, Stephanie Dub, Connie Hwong, Boris Valerian, Andy Smith, Willo O'Brien, Jessica Zollman, Mollie C. Copans and Mike Stickel at The W Hotel.

SxSW 2011 Alexander Berkeley Lambert with Adi Benveniste, Angela Marie Glass, Thanasi Arthur Glavas, Laura Gluhanich, Keith Robinson, Stephanie Dub, Connie Hwong, Boris Valerian, Andy Smith, Willo O’Brien, Jessica Zollman, Mollie C. Copans and Mike Stickel at The W Hotel.

2012

Santa Barbara, Lynda.com

Angela Baxley, Lead UX Designer, Lynda.com Santa Barbara 2012

Angela Baxley, Lead UX Designer, Lynda.com Santa Barbara 2012

Apple

Moved to San Francisco, again. On shuttle route, off Divisadero, NOPA, close to Alamo Square.

 

2013

Sidney and me. Designed by Apple in California with the iOS7 color palette.

Posted by Angela Glass on Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Posted by Angela Glass on Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Darryl and I escape to Casa Frida in Barra de Potosí, next door Betsey Johnson’s place. Photo with our friend the bella Luna.

2014

2015

2016

Disney

2017

2018

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