Graphic Arts Students Prepared for a Mixed-Media World
As far as an employer goes, I’m looking for a company who is moving forward and embracing the changes that are affecting the graphic arts industry. Printers can’t be just printers anymore, they need to be offering multiple services (which might include wide format, design, web development, multi-channel marketing…etc.) in order to stay ahead of the game. I have a personal interest in the web and digital media; and I’d like to find a place where I can continue to learn more in those areas.
Also, I’d look for an employer that is organized and knows how to keep track of jobs and resources as they come into and go from the workplace. A well-structured business with an efficient and effective workflow system in place I’d consider to be a much better workplace than one that is disorganized with few processes in place.
4. What are one or two interesting graphic arts projects you’ve completed at school?
Over the past two years I’ve served as the president of Clemson’s TAGA (Technical Association of the Graphic Arts) chapter. Each year, the team works together to produce a journal of technical research from the university. From the initial concept all the way to the finished piece, we are responsible for every step. This year’s journal was a lot of fun to put together, we got to play around with several different coatings including a dry-erase coating that allowed parts of the journal to act like a whiteboard surface. We also did some letterpress work on the cover and some expanded gamut pieces for the inside of the journal. There was a lot of planning, printing and manual labor that went into the journal, and I certainly can’t claim it as my book, it’s our (the Clemson TAGA team’s) book. I’m glad I was a part of it!