Veronica Newell, ’16
2015-2016 Graphic Designer
If you could sum up your experience in Design Works in one-two words, what would it be?
What was your first memory of working at Design Works?
We were still in Stovall and the first thing you guys asked me to do was design the logo for the new union. I was so nervous. I remember doing one hundred sketches and I worked on them all day. That project was huge to start on, but it was a great start.
What have you done since leaving Design Works and graduating from UNT?
After leaving UNT, I took a break. I didn’t start looking for a job right away. I probably waited two or three months before applying for jobs. For a brief time, I worked for a company that designed custom stamps. After that, I started at Fossil. I’m a web designer, so I’m working on the website, updating content, visuals, and web layout. I send out promo emails sometimes to customers. I’ve been doing emails for a couple of months and am now the official email designer.
How did your time at Design Works prepare you for the future?
It was a really good representation of what working at an agency or company is like. We’re working on deadlines, collaborating with other designers, and presenting ideas to our higher-ups in administration. It was really helpful to introduce students to a professional field because it wasn’t too formal.
What about Design Works had the greatest impact on you?
When I think about Design Works now, I think, “Wow, that was a really great place to work.”
What was the most important lesson you learned during your time at Design Works?
Learning how to ask for help and taking criticism. Sometimes I get weird about that because the communication design program is so competitive and its hard to ask for help. I learned to not be afraid to ask for help or seek other people’s opinions at Design Works.
Favorite project you worked on?
The “Cheers to the Union,” ad we did with the albino squirrel posing like Kim Kardashian. That one was fun and crazy and I enjoyed propping up a squirrel in a sequin dress while my boss took photos. I was shocked that we were even able to do it. I also enjoyed making icons for an interactive screen. That was so different from anything else.
What do you wish other people knew about Design Works?
I wish people knew how fun it was to work there. When people think college jobs, they don’t think they sound very interesting. But this job was so different. There were so many projects to work on and we got to express ourselves creatively. There are no other jobs like this on campus. People probably see it as “just-another-office-job-on-campus,” but it’s really not.
Thing you miss about Design works? Thing you miss about UNT?
I miss the environment of UNT and college in general. For one thing, it’s really nice to be in the same city as your friends. Also, the atmosphere was so inclusive and quirky. There was just something about living there that was great.
What’s your super-power, if you had one?
Knowing the exact tubber-ware size for your leftovers.
What is your brain food?
Going to museums.
What’s on your playlist?
Leon Bridges, Nick Waterhouse, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, and just a lot of energetic music.
What’s in your bag?
Laptop, sketchbook, pens, pencils, makeup bag, and bobby pins.
What’s your favorite color?
Indigo, but more purple.
What is your favorite thing about your job now?
I would say that the open, collaborative, laid-back environment is my favorite. It’s not super corporate. We try to have fun around the office, like Spring Festival and the all-out Halloween decorations and costumes. It’s a great place to express your creativity in so many ways and we’re always trying to spend time together. We go on two-hour lunches just connecting and collaborating. It reminds me a little bit of Design Works, but we have way more deadlines.
Advice for current students?
It was so hard in the communication design program and I felt like I didn’t have a lot of fun because I stressed myself out over assignments and homework. I was a little boring and too serious. Have more fun and do much as you can. College doesn’t last long, so enjoy it and get the most out of it.