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

“I wish I had pursued design at a much younger age.”

W. Jake Tatar

Alumni Profile:
W. Jake Tatar


Jake Tatar Hometown: Rantoul, IL
Year graduated: 2006
Currently working at: UpClose Marketing & Printing (Champaign IL)

How does it feel to be a professional designer: "Professional" might be a stretch; "currently working as" would probably be more appropriate. There are a TON of talented "pro" designers out there that provide me with inspiration/envy. :)

How do you like your job: I love my job. I wish I had pursued design at a much younger age.

How did you get this job: I had a friend that knew the vice-president of the company I'm currently working for, which was nice because my portfolio, at the time, wasn't very complex.

What was the most exciting project you've worked on since graduation: At my job, I don't get big projects but tons of smaller ones: corporate identity, flyers, brochures, etc. Some of the most fun I have designing is when I'm creating marketing material/posters/etc. for my band; I get to use a set of creative muscles that I don't get to use very often during my "day" job.

What were some of the most important things you learned while at Parkland: Actually, I learned later that I should have paid WAY more attention when I was learning about the "mechanics" of print design: color separations, bleeds, etc. I fix a TON of great work by great designers in the area because the art isn't set up correctly for print. So take good notes...! It won't make much sense now but it will later, I guarantee you.

What is your favorite typeface and why: This varies WIDELY. I'll fall in love with a typeface for several weeks but then a new one will come along and steal my heart. Recently, I've been using Breuer a lot, and am developing a budding crush on New Century Schoolbook. And those two actually work well together.

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