Hometown: Monticello, IL
Year graduated: 2014
Currently working at: Netpulse
How does it feel to be a professional designer: One thing that really drew me to design was looking at pictures of design studios in magazines and online. I saw all the projects they were working on and imagining myself in that type of space. I thought to myself, "These don't look like normal jobs, this looks like fun." Even though I work full time as a graphic designer, I don't know that I would consider myself a "professional" yet. There's still so much to learn.
How do you like your job: One of the best parts of my job is working with a small team. I always have someone I can bounce ideas off of and we're all really open to feedback about our designs. We all have a hand in the design process and the products that we launch. The collaboration and energy we have as a group is great to be around and that makes me want to come to work.
How did you get this job: A previous coworker of mine had introduced me to her roommate who said her company, Netpulse, was looking for designers. I had never heard of the company before, but was interested in finding out more about them. I went in for an interview and was really blown away by their organization and the roadmap for where the company wanted to be. They made an offer the next day that was too good to pass up so I took it.
What does Netpulse do? Based in San Francisco, we produce mobile apps specifically for gyms and fitness centers worldwide. Prior to Netpulse, I worked for VaynerMedia, an agency that produces social media ad campaigns for big brand name companies. Some may be familiar with Gary Vaynerchuk, the founder.
What was the most exciting project you've worked on since graduation: We are currently going through a rebrand of our company and this is the first time I actually feel like our team is in the driver seat cranking out new concepts and critiquing them to find out what really works. It's fun for me to see what we started with and where we ended up.
What were some of the most important things you learned while at Parkland: Being able to really listen to people comment on your work without being too attached. Don't give up on your design and don't be so stubborn and unwilling to make changes. Either someone is going to see something that you missed or they are going to find something that will make your design better.
Who is your favorite designer and why: That's tough, really tough. I'll just say who my favorite chef is right now, even though I don't live in Toronto, nor have I ever gone to his restaurant, Matty Matheson does inspire my work.
What is your favorite typeface and why: I had the pleasure of working on a project at the Living Letterpress in Champaign and I came across a typeface that was perfect for what I wanted to do. The typeface is Stymie, a beautiful slab serif. Even though I rarely use this typeface, I'll never forget when I first saw it.
Web link: Mark Melvin