Christa Neblett

Idaho Falls, ID |

What made you want to become a graphic designer?

“I never knew what I wanted to be in high school, but when I came to MSU I decided to try architecture, almost on a whim. After my first year, I decided I didn't want to continue in the program, but I liked the design and art history classes enough that I went into graphic design instead.”

What are your favorite aspects of being a designer?

“I like the business side of the graphic design world: the relationship between the company and the clients, and the reactions and the things that come from that. I want to become a project manager; I have been doing internships and moving that way through that experience.”

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

“I definitely think the project that we create are very helpful, but my internship is far more helpful for more 'real' experience, and really knowing what happens outside of school.”

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

“I’m a list-maker in all shapes and forms. I write down everything I have to do and work through them as I go. I also used to procrastinate a lot, so making lists and schedules for myself during thesis helped. The design program in general has been a constant evolution of my procrastination.”

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

“I like very clean and classic styles, I guess. I don’t like the really crazy, sketchy stuff: the unorganized look bothers me. All my professors tell me to think outside my style box because I don’t like to expand on that too often.”

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 for the most part, you should look for an atmosphere you want to work in. You have to pay your dues and work your way up, and then you can start your own firm and have more freedom for what you want to design and who you want to design for. Everyone has to get into that world and become known, and I don’t think they should do something they’re really against. If your grandma died from smoking, you shouldn’t do a smoking ad: pick a design firm where you agree with their mission statement.”

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?

“Because I want to be more on the administrative side of design, it shouldn’t affect my job as a project manager. I would still be doing interviews between clients. It wouldn’t affect anything besides the fact that I would have less knowledge of how to tell the designers what the client wants, and be able to tell the clients what’s possible to do or not.”

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

“Not really. I actually just kind of look at everything that’s out there and don't focus on specific designers or specifics things because I end up adding that into my box of design. I want to see what else is out there besides my current style.”

What are your plans for the future?

“After school, I plan to continue with graphic design, but I really want to become a project manager at a firm because I like the design community. I feel more comfortable in the administration side of design, rather than the creative side.”

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