Jennifer Bliss

Greely, CO | 

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What made you want to become a graphic designer?

“I've always been creative, from art to music. I originally came to MSU for Architecture, and after two years I changed to Graphic Design: I was inspired by Woody Pirtle.”

What are your favorite aspects of being a designer?

“I like the branding and marketing aspect of it; giving people an identity. I love how designers' thumbs are in everything: everything you see, everything you do, we are apart of it. I love how much influence we have. People have no idea how involved we are in what they see on a day-to-day basis.”

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

“I’m really more prepared now, I’m not as scared. It’s been a progression: getting my website up, going to Portland, and then this semester-- thesis-- I’m not as nervous about certain aspects, but now I’m more nervous about new aspects. I love what MSU has offered, it’s been really well-rounded. You learn everything from coding to meeting with people to internships-- not just classroom projects.”

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

“I always start off with sketches, and I look on the internet-- I know it’s bad, but everyone does it. I have to brainstorm with other people: once I talk to other people, my stuff gets so much better. I start off slowly, then I get some input, and then once the pressure is on-- that’s when I do my best work.”

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

“I think that’s just taking the good with the bad, and I’m prepared for that. I come from a family who do the work and don’t complain. You will get projects you like, so when you do, don’t take that for granted; enjoy the moment as much as possible. A lot of projects that I don’t like, I end up liking at some point or another -- anywhere I go, anything I do, I find something I like-- even if it’s a little smidgen. Just finding the best in a situation-- I would go crazy if I didn’t do that. How can I complain? I get to be creative. At the end of the day, I feel lucky because I get to do something I love, and I think graphic designers have to sacrifice for that.”

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 want both. Having an internship at Skylight Creative where they made most of their money in website coding was good exposure-- I’m not as taken aback by it. If I get stuck, I’m gonna YouTube a tutorial, but I feel like I can do it, but I’d rather do print. The internet is taking over, it's progressive; it’s not going anywhere.”

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

“Like I said before, I love Woody Pirtle. I admire the combination of cleverness with a good design.”

What are your plans for the future?

“My plans are to move to either Portland, Seattle, or Denver to pursue graphic design. I would eventually like to get my master's degree, and I would love to work for Sandstrom...”

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