Alumni Throwback: Shana Hagemeyer

Shana Hagemeyer, ’14

Graphic Designer, 2013-2014

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If you could sum up your experience in Design Works in one-two words, what would it be?

Learning Experience

What was your first memory of working at Design Works? 

It was a brochure or something that someone wanted me to do. I was surprised by the quick turn-around. In comm design, it takes like four months to do a project. My first assignment here needed to be done in a week. That taught me what professionals expect in the real working world.

What have you done since leaving Design Works and graduating from UNT? / What do you do now?

I’m an art director at Sq1/Ansira. I do mostly digital work, but I did some packaging and a TV commercial. I’ve done banner ads, billboards, and kind of touched on everything.

How did your time at Design Works prepare you for the future?

Working faster. Learning how to go through the thinking process at a quicker speed has helped me succeed at my job. School doesn’t really teach you that kind of work experience, so this job helped.

What about Design Works had the greatest impact on you?

It helped me get a feel for what working with others was going to be like. In school, you’re collaborating with the same students every year and not getting too much experience working with strangers. Design Works taught me how to work with people who were coming in and out. I learned their skills, how to work with them, and how to get feedback from people.

What was your favorite moment at Design Works?

When Jonathan got that Rihanna clock and cried. That was just so funny.

What was the most important lesson you learned during your time at Design Works?

Accountability, I think. When I made a mistake, I had to own up to it and try to do better because we were dealing with real clients.

Favorite project you worked on?

There were calendars and posters that had a lot of creative freedom and I enjoyed that. Some Fine Arts Series projects were fun.

Thing you miss about Design works and UNT?

I miss the community and people. In Dallas, it’s hard to feel connected because there are so many people and it’s so big.

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What’s your power?

Freeze time.

What is your brain food?

Lonestar beer and queso.

What’s on your playlist?

It’s usually the Shins or something, but I let Pandora decide for me since I’m so indecisive.

What’s in your bag?

Koozie, laptop, and hair brush.

What’s your favorite color?

Teal.

What is your favorite thing about your job now?

There’s always that satisfaction of seeing what you do for clients out in public. Being able to point at it and say, “I did that!” I love that there are websites I have designed from scratch on the internet. Working with a whole bunch of people in UX is so great because we get to come up with unique and cool ideas.

Advice for current students?

Learn how to not take things so personally. Once you get emotional about a project, you have lost everything. And you’ll lose everyday if you let it get the best of you.