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Emmanuel’s Graphic Design Club held an event earlier this week in which four recent alumni gave presentations on their journey at Emmanuel, and included what they are doing now.
The first to present was Lindsey Vincent ’15, who earned her bachelors in graphic design with a minor in business. She originally came to Emmanuel undecided, but turned to graphic design as a major because she already knew she was a “creative, tech-savvy person.” She is now a junior designer at retail chain Talbots, a job she enjoys doing. She helps design email flyers that attract customers and advertisements for the company.
Next up was Alina Beebe ’15, who explained how she knew she wanted to be a graphic design major based on classes she took in high school. Beebe had a multitude of interesting experiences while at Emmanuel, such as being a photography intern at Dana-Farber, and even taking pictures at the Boston Marathon. “It was a scary but cool experience,” said Beebe.
She went on to craft her senior thesis around the idea of celebrity crush. The project mainly focused on the relationship between celebrities, the media, and society. A lot of it also focused on paparazzi tactics and how celebrities utilized this media coverage in different ways. Beebe currently works at IVY, a company based in New York. It’s a website that connects members online and through events, but it is exclusive and charges a fee. Overall, she said it’s great because she’s “never doing the same thing every day.”
Lauren O’Neil ‘14 also explained her path, and talked about how she now is a graphic designer for Life is Good, a company most college students are familiar with. During her time at Emmanuel, she interned in the marketing department on campus, and at Karmaloop. Her senior thesis was titled Sidewalk, a lifestyle book with a focus on street photography.
When the panel was asked what their advice for current students was, O’Neil’s advice was important. “Network and brand yourself,” she said, encouraging students to also craft their thesis in a way that it is something to bring to a work interview.
The last to speak was Marlene Marmolejos ’14, who is now currently the chief creative officer at her own company, Gifted People. The company connects brands with snake people through digital media. They already have many clients, some of which come from previous freelance work. Prior to this, Marmolejos had internship experience. One company she worked with was not a good fit for her, but “taught [her] how to say no and when to move on,” which she believes is an important skill.
For her senior thesis, she uniquely made a short documentary film about Lawrence, MA. The film has a social justice focus, and was made as a response to Boston Magazine calling Lawrence a “city of the damned.” This presentation especially showed how graphic design can be used to aid in a cause.