Entering the big design world can seem a bit intimidating after being confined in the comforts of the classroom studio. Although I acquired a great deal of knowledge during my four years in the Graphic Communications program at the University of Houston, I yearned for guidance to help me transition to a full-time career as a designer. When presented with the opportunity to apply for AIGA Houston’s Design Loop program, I jumped at the chance to be chosen as a selected few to have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with a design professional.
The first session in the program consisted of me and twelve other design students being placed in a room and given a chance to perform a crash “speed dating” session with other design professionals to determine which person would be the right mentor to partner with for the remaining four months. After chatting down the line with several designers, I met April and we instantly clicked! From speaking to her for those few moments I knew that she could help me strengthen my business skills and become a more efficient designer.
Over the course of the summer months, we met up weekly to chat about all things creative and participated in monthly Design Loop functions. I was very satisfied with my experience in the Design Loop program because it allowed me to connect with various individuals in the design community and I gained a great deal of insight into what it takes to be successful both creatively and professionally. To add icing to the cake, April asked me to join her team as a graphic designer at Keystone Resources and I couldn’t be more happier to accept! I look forward to what the future holds for me and the descisions I have made so far have been all worth it.