Chance Remien

Ronan, MT |

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What made you want to become a graphic designer?

“I have always enjoyed drawing and sketching throughout school; art was always my favorite class. I was unfamiliar with the idea of graphic design until I was a junior in high school and started researching careers in art. I have always loved logos and t-shirt design, so I figured that this was the right career choice for me.”

What are your favorite aspects of being a designer?

“I like being able to use my imagination and creating your own interpretation of something. I like how everyone can interpret the same assignment in a completely different way. You portray your personality through design. My work might take way longer than what other people do in their jobs, but it’s not like I’m doing work. Graphic design makes you think differently about every aspect of your life: just standing in line for a movie and looking at the details and fonts on posters-- stuff that no one else would normally notice.”

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

“I think there are a lot of things that you’re not going to learn until you get a job or internship, but overall, as far as projects and things go, I think school is pretty well-rounded. The way things are handled in the real world is probably a lot different. I’m not too concerned about not knowing things: I’m more worried about focusing my attention on finding a job, and then once I get there I can work my ass off and learn things as I go. Especially with changing technologies and programs, it’s going to be a constant learning process for years to come.”

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

“Thesis definitely made me more organized. I think I write about twenty lists a week: every day I have a new list of things I need to get done. I’m not a procrastinator, but there are always so many things I don’t see until the third or fourth printed version that I need to edit and make changes to. I can’t really wait until the last minute-- I can, but it’s not how I get my best work done. I think once we’re professionals, we're going to have to be a lot quicker and we're going to have to make decisions without taking as much time to brainstorm things. You’re going to have to find an idea and start running with it. I’m learning to do that as I go, make the process a little quicker than it has been.”

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

“I think I’m starting to develop an illustration style: a lot of flat colors and simple line work is kind of what I do. I don’t think I’m as good with type as far as thin and wispy designs: I feel like if I have something I can grab on to, I can arrange things a lot better, so I like type that is big and bold. For instance, I look at Mary’s stuff, and it’s awesome-- but it’s not what I do personally.”

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

“I’ve been trying to gear my portfolio towards things I actually do want to do-- sports and such-- but it's possible that I’m limiting myself that way. I’m interning right now, and it’s a really broad base of work, but I’d rather work in a more focused region of the industry. I'd like to do my own thing and not have to do hospital layouts all day every day. But as long as I get a good variety, I’d be fine working on just about anything, but I definitely need a few fun projects here and there to keep me motivated and interested.”

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 think that might be the case for advertising-- that’s what they need-- but I think if you’re good enough at a certain thing, you’re going to be able to find work. I don’t want to be a programmer-- ever-- but I wouldn’t be opposed to web design. It’s going to be a good thing: there’s going to be so many more platforms for you to do work on, you're just going to have to keep learning. You can’t really prepare for it until it gets here; I’m just hoping that they make it easier for programming so it’s more visually-directed rather than just numbers and code.”

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

“I subscribe to Communication Arts and lots of sports magazines; I like to see what’s new. I never really try to pick specific magazines over and over-- sometimes I go with Print-- but anything that shows a variety of styles, I like. I don’t want to emulate anything too closely, I want to make my influences pretty broad.”

What are your plans for the future?

“I would like to work within the graphic design industry in a profession that would allow for lots of illustration and layout work for me. No web programming-- I know that much for sure.”

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