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Doug Bratland

Web Content and Design Strategist, Division of Communications


My job as Carleton’s Web Content and Design Strategist is to create user-focused websites that reflect the college brand and adhere to best practices in content and design strategy. A full description of my responsibilities includes a lot of buzzwords (Information Architecture! Usability! User Experience! Web Accessibility!), but in a nutshell: I work with all sorts of people across the college to help them get their content online — in a way that looks good and works well for all website visitors.

Education & Professional History

  • St. Olaf College, B.A., magna cum laude, Studio Art and Psychology

My first “real job” after college was as a university instructor(!), teaching an introductory English course at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. That was part of a two-year adventure (all across Asia, from Bali to Xinjiang) in which my main focus was teaching English to people of various ages and abilities in schools and workplaces in Chiang Mai and in Taipei, Taiwan.

After returning to Minnesota, I spent 15 years in the world of online learning and digital communications. I worked as a technical writer, illustrator, animator, multimedia developer, interface designer, instructional designer, and project manager on projects for Bank of America, Delta Airlines, Intel, Nabisco, and other giant brands. All those years of corporate consulting were very exciting at the time, but I was awfully excited to get back to where I started: working at an academic institution, surrounded by people teaching and learning and striving to make the world a better place.

At Carleton since 2007.