Hometown: Westville IL
Currently working at: Precision Graphics (Champaign IL)
How does it feel to be a professional designer: Currently I do more illustration work than actual design work. I love design though. I love the creativity, the problem solving and the satisfaction I get from it. I enjoy illustration, too. I didn't originally have the intention of being an illustrator so I enjoy the challenge of seeing how far I can go with my abilities.
How did you get this job: I was touring Precision Graphics with my design class and walked away with an internship, which led to a full time position. I didn't even know Precision Graphics existed before that day.
How do you like your job: Precision Graphics is a nice environment and the people here are great to work with. We do a lot of work for college textbooks, so the creativity isn't always there and we don't get much input, but there are projects that come along that are really satisfying.
What is the most exciting project you've worked on since graduation: My most exciting project, was designing the invitation, program, etc. for my wedding. Last fall, I was able to work on several two-page-spread illustrations for Starr Biology. They were a challenge because of their size and they all turned out really well.
What were some of the most important things you learned while at Parkland: I'm not sure I could pinpoint any one thing that was most important. There were a lot of aspects of design that I hadn't experienced before Parkland, so it was all very beneficial. It was a great program and I really enjoyed it.
What do you wish you would have done differently while at Parkland: Web design wasn't a requirement for me to graduate, but I wish I would have taken the extra time or a few more semesters to learn all of that. It's hard to find time on my own and to get into it.
What is your favorite typeface and why: I really like to use fonts like Trebuchet. I take the "less is more" approach and Trebuchet has such a nice simple, yet crisp, elegant and refined feel to me.