Deitra Bingeman

Moore, MT | 

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What made you want to become a graphic designer?

“An alumni from my high school became a graphic designer at MSU, and came back to Moore to paint a mural on the gym wall. I asked him what kind of art he did and when he told me, it was the first time I had ever heard about graphic design. I was in the sixth grade at the time, and from that point on that's when I what I wanted to be. My mother, along with my friends, family, and teachers, was a huge support system for me with art. She got me into all kinds of classes.”

What are your favorite aspects of being a designer?

“Putting your ideas to paper in a professional way, and seeing your work reproduced around town. I did an internship at the Emerson Cultural Center, and I enjoyed seeing my work displayed there. I like learning new things everyday, and how the industry is constantly changing. I feel like we observe more and take in more, visually. I feel like we understand the world through a different perspective than the average person.”

Do you think school has helped prepare you for entering the real world?

“I definitely became a better designer when I started my two internships. I learned more because it was hands-on and I was doing it everyday. A lot of people say you can learn graphic designer without taking classes, but it helps you learn the small things. In that sense school has helped, but as far as preparing you for the real world, I can’t stress enough how important internships are.”

How would you describe your process when working on a project?

“Thesis actually made me write out a timeline-- procrastinating is not an option. Because it is my own project, I definitely take it more seriously.”

Would you say that you have a personal design "style" in your work?

“Usually I do a lot of color. At the same time, though, I like a lot of white space; a modern feel.”

For designers, do you believe it's more important to work on projects you're passionate about or take whatever work is available?

“I will definitely try to seek out clients I enjoy working with. If you don’t enjoy your work-- If your client is a pain in the butt, and makes you dread going in every day-- then what’s the point of working? There will always be projects that you don’t agree with, but I will draw the line when it starts affecting my ethics as a designer.”

The graphic design industry is doing more digitally-based work these days: are you excited about the evolution of design, or do you like more traditional mediums?

“I’m not a big web designer. I might further my education more for a web degree or communications, but I will need to get better at that for sure. Personally, I lean more towards photography and somehow finding a way to link that to graphic design. Whether that’ll happen or not, I don’t know.”

Do you have any favorite designers, artists, or resources you like to get inspiration from?

“Georgia O’Keefe is a big one: she’s more of an inspiration for my photography mores than graphic design. Andy Warhol is good for design; I love his colors and how radical he was. HOW Magazine and Print are pretty good ones, too.”

What are your plans for the future?

“I really enjoy photography. I'm a little unsure at the moment, but I know I enjoy doing brochures, logos, posters, etc., so I am hoping to be able to weave both design and photography together in some way.”

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