This Is Who We Are:

Nancy Stamatopoulos

While we were preparing for our first event of the academic year (tomorrow's Pub Crawl), we thought it might help to give you a little hint into who "we" are. As one of SPD's many committees, the Student Committee is made up of a bunch of hard-working, fun professionals who are all about helping YOU. Just who are these dedicated people? Let us introduce ourselves... (This post is the first in a series profiling the members of our Student Committee.)

web_Nance2.jpgMeet Nancy Stamatopoulos
If you've attended ANY of our events, you most likely have had the pleasure of meeting Nancy. As the committee co-chair, she assists in most all of our events -- leading tours on the Pub Crawls, helping you check-in at speaker events and helping run the show at our spring SPD-U events. You'll see her friendly face at tomorrow's Pub Crawl, so be sure to say "hi."

Current job and/or projects you're working on:
• Art Director, Supermarket News & Whole Health magazines
• Visiting Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute
• Board Member, SPD

What school did you go to, if you did, and what did you study?
Pratt Institute: Graphic Design / AOS degree. And I'm back in school this year! Feeling my age here... I'm studying with a lot of undergrads at SUNY for my BA, majoring in Visual Communications.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be an artist, but not sure in which direction. Then I visited my "cool hippie" aunt at her job on Madison Avenue [in an art department] and I was hooked! She sat at a drawing board and designed the day away. She really did look like a hippie, it was the early 1970s.

How'd you get into magazine design?
Oh, this was in no way a direct route. I loved my publication design class, but was encouraged NOT to pursue it as a career. I wound up in advertising and marketing and was so unhappy. I plodded along for 5 more years as a freelancer. One of my clients referred me to a friend of hers who was desperate for a freelance designer...immediately. Her friend was working for Milton Glaser and Walter Bernard. They had a whole division that did book packaging and publication redesigns. So I freelanced with WBMG for almost a year. Once you work with Walter, you're bound to wind up at TIME (Walter Bernard is a former Art Director of TIME Magazine.) And so I freelanced at TIME for almost a year, too. The rest is history.

What made you get involved with the SPD Student Committee?
I've been a member and also involved with SPD events for quite some time now. Being a design professor, joining the Student Committee just seemed obvious. Students think I'm always helping them out, but actually, they're always inspiring ME! I love the creative dialog I have with students in my classroom as well as all the new folks I meet through SPD. If I get to mentor them as well, its a bonus. I consider that an honor.

Name a current favorite font, photographer or illustrator (or all 3!)
Shoot. Really? I must have 100 that inspire me. I do recall my "first love" in the font families. That was Modern No. 20, hands down. As for illustrators... if I had to narrow it down to one, I'd say Anita Kunz (her work is rich!). And photographer... how can I pick a favorite without upsetting a dozen of my friends? May I "plead the fifth" on that one?

What should students do now while in college to help prepare them for an editorial design career?
I've been reading a lot in newspapers and trade magazines about "networking." Although mediabistro, monster, and craigslist are all good sources for job opportunities (let's not forget SPD's job board too), I've read the job placement results are not formidable. The news articles keep focusing on networking, job fairs, your college placement office, and professional associations. By the way, when you join those associations, you'll want to get involved! The most connections I've ever made have been through volunteering for professional organizations. The cool part? You get into their events for free (because you're working them), you meet tons of people, and you stay current on all the recent creative activity in the field, technology, you name it.

Have anything else you'd like to share?
Here are some of my recent favorite links:
• Cool Type
• How'd They Do That? / Complex magazine
• One of my MANY favorite photographers: Platon

Look for more profiles of our Student Committee members in the coming weeks!

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