Graphic Design Aspirations

It’s no secret that I love #artsy things… I love anything creative. Inspiration is literally everywhere if people would take a minute out of their hectic lives and appreciate the little things! I’d like to think I’m one of those people who appreciate the little things. I rely on different craft and art channels to best express myself, rather than relying on language alone (I’m still getting used to this whole blogging thing πŸ˜‰ )

That being said, I’ve always aspired to pursue a creative career. I’m a senior in college, and I still don’t know what I’d like my first job to be, but I do know that I want a career that I will enjoy. (haha easier said than done, I know) Long story short, I’ve recently delved into the world of graphic design, and I love it!! I am very much a hands-on person, but that alone is not going to cut it anymore in this crazy technological world. I had the opportunity to learn an introductory crash course of Adobe Creative Suite thanks to JOMC 182 with Professor Barnes, and it really jump-started my love for Graphic Design. The things you can do with pictures, freehand, filters, and all of the infinite tools seriously blow my mind. Dr. Barnes did an amazing job teaching the course, but we only scratched the surface of the creative suite capabilities. I’m very excited to continue learning what Adobe has to offer, but in the meanwhile, I had the opportunity to work on two projects that were near and dear to my heart.

As part of an assignment offered to my whole class, we had the opportunity to design the front and back covers of the UNC Women’s Lacrosse Media Guide. I was the only one who wanted to participate in the project, but it worked out for the better. The experience felt close to a real life job opportunity because I worked closely with my head and assistant coaches, the assistant director of communications, the assistant director of marketing, and a graphic designer within the athletic department. There were also multiple revisions from where my original design began to the final product. My coach was particular about colors and what exactly to incorporate in the design. Of course I knew these revisions were coming, but it’s so funny to go from the extremes of complete freedom of high school art class (shout out to my girl Listy <3) to having a client who wants to tweak your artwork. There was a bunch of back and forth and last minute additions that made me appreciate the work that graphic designers put in on a daily basis.

Being an athlete as well as a student constricted my time a little more, but I also feel like it prepares me for the graphic design field in many ways. Long hours, dedication, time management, patience and teamwork all feed into a successful project…or two in my case πŸ™‚

I also designed our annual team poster. This project was outside of class, so I had a little more freedom with it, but I still collaborated with my coaches to make sure the design pleased them. Again, it was dear to my heart because it featured my fellow seniors across the headline. We actually had a blast brainstorming specific poses for each senior, and asked the photographer who took our head shots to take our beautiful “action shots” on the same blue backdrop as well. The pictures turned out great, and the design fell into place. Each action shot fit perfectly into the letters of “Carolina,” and the poster incorporated our team photo and schedule to hopefully get some more fans into the Fetzer Grandstands! *hint hint readers*

Without further ado, here are the Media Guide and Poster features!

2015 Yearbook Available Online

So proud of these products, but I’m looking forward to starting new graphic design projects in the future…A million thank yous to everyone who helped me achieve these dreams!!!


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