Please join us in offering a warm welcome to our new (and first-ever) design intern, Haille McNair. Get to know Haille below in her own words:
Where do you attend college and what is your major?
I currently attend Cincinnati State Technical & Community college, where I’m majoring in graphic design.
What are some of your favorite activities outside of work and school?
I really enjoy reading. After a long school/work week, I love to pick up a good book. It’s my escape and I’ve actually become so engrossed in a few books that I’ve read them in one day.
What’s your favorite social media channel?
If I had to choose, I’d say that Instagram is my favorite social media channel. I love Instagram because I can follow other designers who showcase their work and track trending pop culture topics. I use it for inspiration and motivation.
Can you talk about your design process?
Sometimes, when I start a new project, I can immediately envision exactly what I want the design to look like and can began designing it merely from my thoughts. Other times, if I am not sure where to start, I begin by researching the topic to get more familiar with it and/or look for design inspiration to get me started.
How do you stay on top of current design trends?
The biggest way to stay abreast on current design trends is by engaging in social media and following trending topics or other designers on sites such as Behance, Instagram and Facebook. Also, by reading design magazines and design blogs, watching design classes on Skillshare and simply watching the news.
What are you most excited to experience in your time at Vehr?
I’m very excited to learn outside of the classroom. I’m very grateful to have been given the opportunity to work with and learn from two great designers, and will use this experience to strengthen my skills in order to become a better designer and professional.
Do you have any design heroes? Who are they?
My professor, Joel Knueven, would have to be my design hero to date. He has pushed me to become a better and more confident designer. He’s encouraged me to come out of my shell and push the envelope. If I had to compare my growth as a designer under his wing, I’d say I was a caterpillar who became a beautiful butterfly, eager to get out of its cocoon. Thanks, Joel!
Okay, last question. We’re hoping you can solve an office-wide bet: is it “gif” (hard G) or “jif” (soft G)?
HaHa! The inventor, Steve Wilhite, actually says that it’s pronounced “jif” (soft G). Mind blowing, right?