What do you do in your current job and what do you enjoy about it?
I'm a graphic designer at Crossway Books in Wheaton, IL. I've worked on many different projects, from interior features and "blurbs" for children's Bibles and books, to top-selling Christian authors' interior illustrations and cover designs, as well as a great deal of typesetting. Lots of mocking up of Bibles-to-be, and lots of fun. The people here are great, almost like another family in Christ. Crossway is a great place to work. I freelanced here before I was hired full-time in May 2012. I was brought on for a 3-month project in Feb 2011, and they kept me around until they had room to hire me. God is good, and He has blessed my wife and me with jobs in response to our prayers.
How did your Judson experience influence you professionally? What were your favorite parts of being a Judson student?
My professors really pushed me and set very high expectations. In the moment, it was difficult and frustrating, but looking back, they set me up for the "real world" outside the "Judson bubble." I loved critique sessions in class, and it got me to become very interactive with other people's work and to form opinions and defend my work before a board of others.
What are the strengths of your major/program at Judson?
Judson definitely set me up for success in the print-based industry of graphic design. They gave me a chance to discover my own aesthetic and prepare myself for the reality of the competitive nature of the industry, especially in the freelance realm. My professors helped me shape my resume and portfolio, and gave me real advice on how to make my work the best it can be for presenting to potential employers. I am very grateful for their input and honesty.
What advice can you give to current and prospective students about their time at Judson?
Your professors know what they're talking about. There will always be someone better than you (don't let this get you down—it's a reality of life in every aspect.) You can make it. God is good and faithful and will not abandon you. Stick through the hard late night and early morning classes, all the critiques, all the hours in the studio; it will be worth it. You reap what you sow, but God has a way of growing and nurturing what you sow into something awesome and great, and sometimes in very different ways than you thought. Don't let the little things get you down. Breathe. Learn from others: their successes and mistakes. PAY ATTENTION. God is faithful!