This Is Who We Are:Nancy Campbell

This Is Who We Are:

Nancy Campbell

If you've attended our events in the past few years, you've most likely been the benefactor of Nancy Campbell's expertise. An organizer of speaker events like the previous spring's Fashion Talk, a frequent tour guide on our Pub Crawls and even a tour host at times, Nancy is instrumental in many of our events, competitions and offerings. Read on for more and to hear her great advice...

Meet Nancy Campbell
Current job:
Creative Director, 9Threads

What school did you go to, and what did you study?
I got a BFA from the School of Visual Arts. My major was graphic design. I got hooked on magazine design when I took a class with the legendary art director Bea Feitler (Harper's Bazaar, Rolling Stone, Self, Vanity Fair). Bea was filled with the art spirit and passed on her enthusiasm and respect for beautiful photography and design to her students. Sadly, Bea died the year I had her and was replaced by Paula Grief, art director of Mademoiselle magazine. I learned a lot from Paula and was lucky enough to be hired to do freelance design at Mademoiselle before I graduated. I finished my degree by taking night classes. SVA was a vibrant school with great teachers. I return to speak to classes at the night school on occasion and now get inspired by the students.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I always knew I wanted to be an artist. I drew well from a young age, and people referred to me as Nancy, the artist. At about the age of 8, I collected pictures I loved to look at and filed them in a big pink shoebox. It was my first reference or swipe file. I believe I will be an artist in different forms - graphic design, painting, and photography until the day I die.

How'd you get into magazine design?
Explained above.

What made you get involved with the SPD Student Committee?
When I was a student, I would have loved all the things SPD has to offer students: portfolio reviews, magazine tours, informative talks and student contests. It is all good. I want to be part the team that makes it happen.

Name a current favorite font, photographer or illustrator (or all 3!)
Font: Current favorite is Giza.  Classic favorite is Helvetica.
Illustrator: Current favorite is Lino. Classic favorite is Henrik Drescher.
Photographer: Current favorite is Aneta Bartos. Classic favorite is Cecil Beaton.

What should students do now while in college to help prepare them for an editorial design career?
If you want to be an editorial designer, I think you should get a lot of old art annuals (like the SPD annual) on Amazon (or through us), and study good magazine design throughout the last 20-30 years. It has evolved a lot, but much can be learned from looking at groundbreaking old issues of magazines like Rolling Stone and Bazaar.

Submerge yourself in great design. Cover your walls with it. Then try it on and play with it. Take old images or create new ones and make your own magazine spreads. Be bold and fresh. Take risks and have fun. Something good will come of it. When people are looking at your portfolio, no one cares if your work is printed or not. Good work is good work.

When it comes time to look for a job, reach out to people personally, even if you feel shy about it. It is okay. Everyone remembers looking for that first job. Ask them if you may come in just to meet with them to find out more about working in magazines, and see if they have any advice for you. One person can lead you to another. If you get a meeting, be excited about your work. I will not hire anyone who is not excited about his or her own work. Always send a thank you note. Handwritten notes stand out and can make a difference.

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As one of SPD's many committees, the Student Outreach Committee is made up of a bunch of hard-working, fun professionals who are all about helping YOU. We thought it might be interesting to give you a little insight into who "we" are. Look for more profiles of our Student Committee members in the coming weeks and check out previously featured members:
Rommel Alama         Joseph Caserto         Shane Luitjens           Trevett McCandliss         Jason Sfetko    
Kim Sall          Nancy Stamatopolous           John Walker
        Liana Zamora
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