Graphic Design / Interactive Design / Fine & Applied Arts / Parkland College

“One of the most invaluable features of the Graphic Design program at Parkland is the opportunity to work with clients from the community.”

Paula Popowski

Alumni Profile:
Paula Popowski


Paula PopowskiHometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Year graduated: 2009
Currently working at: National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)

How does it feel to be a professional designer:
Fantastic! It's the next best thing to being independently wealthy.

How do you like your job:
Working at the NCSA I have the opportunity to collaborate with creative people from diverse fields. The job allows me to be involved in the creative process from conception to production and to use the entire range of print, web, and animation skills I acquired at Parkland. In my book, that's as good as it gets!

How did you get this job:
The boring way. Namely, I applied for the job, sent in my portfolio, took three phone interviews, created a trial print and web project, wrote a two-page written defense of the projects, and after a final lunch interview, they offered me the job.

What was the most exciting project you've worked on since graduation:
I am currently working on the design for the NCSA's booth at a convention. I've never worked on a design for a three-dimensional space, so I'm very excited to see the results.

What were some of the most important things you learned while at Parkland:
One of the most invaluable features of the Graphic Design program at Parkland is the opportunity to work with clients from the community. During this process, I learned the importance of being able to articulate your ideas in a way that your clients can understand. Without this ability, you will never be able to convince them to take a risk in your work.

What do you wish you would have done differently when you were at Parkland:
Thankfully, I used my time at Parkland to address regrets I had about the first time I went to college. This time around I gave myself ample freedom to experiment and make mistakes. I approached each assignment as an opportunity to expand my range, even if it sometimes meant expanding the parameters of the assignment.

Who is your favorite designer and why:
Pentagram NY and Design Army in Washington DC create clean, timeless, beautiful design.

What is your favorite typeface and why:
Neutraface. Even if you ignore its unusual proportions and stylized geometry, you still have the soundtrack!

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