"I'm Graduating: Now What?" Meet Our Speakers, Part 2

Thumbnail image for GraduatingNowWhat-Carousel.jpgThis Tuesday, March 18th, we'll be hosting our next speaker event titled "I'm Graduating... Now What?". Our panel of designers and illustrators has had the full-range of experiences, from full-time work to freelancing to working from home on the side of other jobs to turning those side jobs into full-time businesses. And they'll be sharing their tales of how they found those jobs, what they found most difficult and how their experiences can help YOU in your own hunt for work.

Earlier this week, we met the first 3 of our 6 panelists. Today we meet the other 3, so read on to learn more and click here for more details and to get your ticket. (Don't forget SPD Student Members are free but you still have to sign up for a ticket!)

"I'm Graduating... Now What?"  //  SPD-U Speaker Event
Meet Our Panelists, Part 2

Erin Jang is a designer and illustrator based in New York City. She graduated from Boston University with a degree in journalism and has worked several years designing for newspapers and magazines, most recently as an art director at Esquire and Martha Stewart Living. She runs a small studio, The Indigo Bunting, working on a wide range of projects, from freelance work for magazines (The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Real Simple, GQ and Vanity Fair, etc), to packaging and book design for Chronicle Books, to posters and products for Urban Outfitters and Land of Nod, and stationery for Paperless Post. She is also writing and designing a craft book that comes out this fall.

SPD-U: How'd you get your first job or internship?
ERIN: My first full-time job after college was at the Boston Globe newspaper, designing for the Sunday magazine and other feature sections. I had interned there while in college, and stayed in touch with the art department after I graduated. I spent the summer after graduation working at a coffee shop and taking on as many odd illustration jobs as I could in Boston, until a job finally opened up at the Globe. I learned so much there and am grateful for that first job.

Derek Eng is a relatively new addition to the Canadian design mafia in New York City, having moved from Toronto to New York immediately after graduating from the Ontario College of Art & Design in 2011. He was the first-place winner of the AIGA Maine 2011 Abstract Conference Student Competition, as well as a two-time winner of the SPD Student Design Competition, placing third in his junior year and second in his senior year. He has interned at More, W and Martha Stewart Living, worked at Cooking Light and is now a designer at Travel + Leisure.

SPD-U: How'd you get your first job or internship?
DEREK: For my first internship in Toronto, I applied to an online HR posting; for my first internship in NYC, it was a prize for being an SPD student competition winner; for my first job, it was cause I met with Carla Frank after approaching her at the SPD gala, another perk from winning the SPD student competition. 

Jay Soysal With over 10 years of publication design and art direction experience, Jay Soysal is currently the Art Director at TUMI, creating and implementing consistent and compelling brand concepts and designs across a variety of media including, but not limited to, stores, printed collateral, web, social. Prior to joining Tumi, Jay held the position of Deputy Art Director at Sports Illustrated where he was responsible for designing features and special sections for print and digital tablet formats as well as design and production of special issues and books. He is also currently the Publisher and Creative Director at Edible Queens Magazine. Jay's background includes various design driven positions at Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine, Wharton Magazine, as well as Time Inc. Custom Publishing.

SPD-U: How'd you get your first job or internship?
JAY: Through the SVA job board.

Join us next Tuesday to hear more from all 6 of our panelists on how they've gotten the work they've got and how you can make their tactics work for you! Get your tickets here.
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