Designers can often find their careers taking unique twists and turns, creating a path unlike that of another designer. This week’s Feature Friday designer is Nicole Brown, an assistant designer/studio coordinator at Hachette Book Group in the Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers imprint. Although she’s now living & working in New York City, Nicole first became an AIGA member while attending York College of Pennsylvania.
How long have you been in the field?
I started working in publishing right after I graduated in May 2014. I started as an intern at Good Housekeeping Magazine. My summer internship at Good Housekeeping turned into a freelance position. After freelancing for a couple of months I changed over to book publishing and began working at Little, Brown Young Readers as a temp designer. Then in March 2015 I became full-time.
Where did you go to school? What for?
I attended York College of Pennsylvania where I majored in graphic design and minored in psychology.
What important milestones do you credit to getting to where you are now?
Being proactive while I was in college and always pushing towards my goal of working in publishing. I took chances and put myself and my work out there for others to see. I must of mailed over 20 cover letters and résumés to various creative directors. This is how I got my internship at Good Housekeeping! The creative director at the time read my letter and offered me an internship!
What made you get involved with AIGA? Why should someone be a member?
York College has a student group and my mentor mentioned that it would be a good idea for me to get involved. Once apart of the group I became a board member, first as the secretary and then the webmaster. I think students should become members since it gives you the opportunity to surround yourself in design and opens the doors to networking.
What advice do you have for young, practicing designers or students graduating and entering the work field?
The pressure of finding a design job after you graduate can be daunting. Your parents want to you out of the house, your friends are getting jobs, and the fact that every entry-level job is looking for 2-3 years of experience. But keep your cool. Know your abilities, what your awesome at and what your not. Be persistent; follow up if you don’t hear back from an interview. And take the unpaid internship! I did. I gain experience and propelled myself forward.
What’s your favorite part of the job?
Seeing children interact with the completed books. It makes me realize that in a small way I’m impacting these children’s lives.
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