Why Design?

My entire life, I always loved art.  Weather it was drawing on paper or designing my name a million times, to using “Paint” and “Kid Pix” on my elementary school computers, I always loved to create things.  When I was entering my freshman year of high school, my school got a brand new Mac Lab. These new shiny computers were something that I really wanted to try, so I signed up for classes in which the room would be used.  Two of my first classes were Graphic Design and Digital Photography. On the first day, I really didn’t know much about Apple computers, and knew that I had a lot to learn. I always knew what I wanted to make, but in the beginning had trouble using programs like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to make them.  This was definitely something that discouraged me, mostly because I knew exactly what I wanted to create but was unable to due to my lack of skills. With a lot of time, dedication, and meeting with my teacher during my off periods, I began to quickly progress my understanding the programs and really enjoy working in them.  Next thing I knew, I was taking at least one Graphic Design or Digital Photography class every semester for the remainder of high school. As the years went by, I became a lot more confident in my skills and began entering contests that my teacher would tell the class about. I spend a lot of my free time working on things for school clubs, clients, or county-wide contests.  I really enjoy that being a Design major allows me to make people’s thoughts or ideas into art that can be displayed or send a message to my audience. When having to decide what I wanted to major in in college, I knew that I definitely wanted to do something involving my passion. After talking to my parents, they told me to do something that I am good at, but more importantly something that I really love to do.  I knew immediately that Graphic Design was the thing that I hoped to pursue in college. I love that this major gives me the chance to continue creating and how much it has taught me since my days working in “Kid Pix”.


One Comment

  1. Sounds like you’re a learner by nature, Melissa, which is great because that’s an essential quality of great designers. …

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