The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Tonya Loewen

The SPD-U Spotlight Shines on Tonya Loewen
We're continuing to showcase our 8 top winners from our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show. We'll be featuring a winner a day -- in alphabetical order, they are all equal winners -- until we show all 8, then we'll showcase some runners-up as well, so be sure to keep checking back in with us to see all the awesome work.

Today we're shining the SPD-U Spotlight on Tonya Loewen ... see her winning piece larger and get some details from Tonya after the jump.

SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show :: Work #5*
NAME:  Tonya Loewen
SCHOOL:  Seward County Community College
2012-2013 STUDENT STATUS:  sophomore, graduating in 2015
INSTRUCTOR:  Anita Reed, adviser

SPD-U: While our judges saw and judged all the entered work without any information about the pieces, we'd now love to hear what type of publication or project this piece was created for.
TONYA:  This was the 2013 Graduation issue of the Crusader, my college's newspaper, in which we covered different graduates, the schedule for the graduation weekend, the speaker, and more. The theme of the issue was "Leaving Our Mark," and we used the chalkboard theme throughout. I designed the cover with a combination of my hand lettering along with handwritten fonts.

SPD-U: What's one of the biggest lessons you learned about editorial design from this project and any others you may have worked on?
TONYA: I think the biggest thing that I've learned while doing design projects is to not second guess my design instincts. If I have an idea for a design, I should just go with it and see how it turns out instead of throwing it out completely. I've won state and national awards for the designs that I didn't know if they would be good or not, but tried them anyway.

SPD-U: What are you up to now? Are you currently or do you plan to pursue a career in editorial design of any kind?
TONYA: I recently graduated from Seward County Community College, but am transferring to Pittsburg State University to pursue a degree in Graphic Design.

Find more of Tonya's work: (I don't have a personal portfolio site right now, but you can see some of my newspaper work here.)

Congrats to Tonya and all of our winners. Come back Monday to see the next winning piece.

*All of our top 8 selected pieces are equal winners. They are being announced in alphabetical order. 
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