Hometown: Fairmount, IL
Year graduated: 2015
Currently working at: Insty-Prints and Freelancing
How does it feel to be a professional designer: When I started out at school, I wanted to focus more on illustration than design. Now, I love design as well! I've found myself working more and more with designing things like brochures and wedding printables than just illustrating. My new dream at the moment is to get some more clients and freelance work.
How do you like your job: I really like it, learning more about the printing process has really helped me in my design work in general. When you know what the printer has to deal with, you learn more about keeping to your margins and bleeds and what can and can't be done in the printing world.
How did you get this job: It's actually a bit odd how I got it. I went in to get my business cards printed at Insty-Prints and the owner, Rich Bishop, noticed that I was a freelancer and asked if I was looking for jobs or had one yet. I told him I was indeed looking since graduation was coming up, and he basically asked if I would want to put in my resume, I did, and here I am now.
What was the most exciting project you've worked on since graduation: One of my freelancing jobs is for an upcoming book called Neo and the Blue Balloon. It's the first in a series of children's books I'm illustrating. You can check out my website for a quick preview.
What were some of the most important things you learned while at Parkland: I learned nearly everything about design at Parkland, I hadn't so much as touched Adobe Illustrator until I started at Parkland. I loved all my teachers and learned nearly everything about the world of digital art here.
Who is your favorite designer and why: I'm really into Iris Luckhaus right now. I really love her style of illustration, it's very delicate and cartoony.
What is your favorite typeface and why: I like Baskerville a lot. It's a good, clean, classic serif font that's very versatile. The italics are particularly beautiful with some really unique letterforms that are drawn with great craftsmanship and care.
Web link: chloevecellio.com