Growing up, my only goal for a career was to become a musician. After my band broke up, it felt like there was no hope. I remember having very emotional conversations with my parents about how I had no idea what I wanted to go to college for. Then, one day, I watched the documentary about the metal band Killswitch Engage entitled: Set This World Ablaze. In the documentary, the band’s bassist, Michael D’Antonio talks about all of the graphic design work he did. This sparked my interest. I could mix my love for art and music into a career: graphic design.
I went to school at The University of Southern Mississippi, where my passion for design grew thanks to my typography professor Phil Winfield. He gave me the documentary Helvetica which absolutely changed my life. Not only that, he let me bug him with all kinds of questions about design and design history. Though we have lost touch, I am forever grateful for his mentorship in the early stages of my schooling.
Though, not professionally a designer, my passion for design gives me a unique insight into my current field, Search Engine Optimization (SEO). I will expand on this in future blogs. For now, enjoy the following six examples of pieces I worked on during my college years.