Anyone who goes through Digital Design knows the philosophy of the program: a good designer is a provider of creative solutions, who can work in any medium, and is equally adept freelancing or working as part of a team at a large studio.
Graduate Renee Alarid couldn’t embody that philosophy any more if she tried. We caught up with Renee to hear about her career thus far, from the Discovery Channel to AOL.
How do you describe yourself as a designer?
I describe myself as a multi-functional designer… some days I am a print designer, or a web designer, or a motion graphic designer. It really depends on what job I need to accomplish. I love all three and I can’t really focus on one aspect of ‘graphic design’.
What kind of design do you enjoy most?
Oh, that’s a toss up… for me, print is the most enjoyable part of design. A lot of people forget that print design is still a huge part of the industry. I love it… I find it to be very creative and rewarding. I had an ad that was in Time, Newsweek and The New Yorker; let me tell you, it was such a thrill to see it in those magazines. I remember it like it was yesterday, I was at Barnes and Noble jumping around like a child at Christmas’¦ needless to say, I bought four copies of each, and told everyone that I created those ads.
How did you first get started doing work for the Discovery Channel?
I started working at Discovery Channel on a two-week contract in March of 2006. I was hired to work on the Affiliate campaign of Shark Week. From there, my contract was extended, and I worked there for a year and a half.