Through their work as Campus Ink designers, our students form exceptional skills for their future careers. This week we are going to take a look at Maddi Wettstein. She was also in our first class of Student Designers. Since graduation, Maddi has been doing exceptional service work in Alaska helping people find their artistic voice.
Name: Maddie Wettstein
College: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Year Graduated: 2018
Major: Industrial Design
When did you become a student designer and hoe did you get hired? I was hired sophomore year and all of my friends in ID worked for Campus Ink, Alaina helped me get an interview.
What was being a Student Designer like? Being a student designer not only had a fun social aspect but it also created a friend group that was more like a family. Steven cared about how each student designer was doing in all aspects of their life, not just how many sales we were making for the company. This made the biggest difference for me. Campus Ink had the biggest impact on my college career because it not only taught me how to be original with my artwork, but it also left me with friends I will have for the rest of my life.
What were some of your favorite aspects of the job? You could work from your computer anywhere at anytime. That made it easy to meet deadlines and was conducive for a college lifestyle. The laid back atmosphere also was one of my favorite aspects.
What was your favorite design you did as a student designer? My favorite design was a That 70s show barcrawl shirt. The design was unique and the shirts were soft!
What are you doing now? I joined JVC Northwest/Americorps and am doing a year of service up in Juneau, Alaska. I work at a progressive art studio with people experiencing disabilities and I help facilitate their art.
How did you get to that spot? I knew I wanted to take a year off and do a year of service while still incorporating my love for art and creativity before going into a higher paying job. I couldn’t have done it without the help of Steven being a key reference in my application for JVC Northwest.
What are your biggest takeaways from being a student designer? Being a student designer honestly taught me how to use Adobe Illustrator well and this helped me expand my knowledge in other Adobe programs which helped me become a better designer.
How did the position as a student designer prepare you for your current job? Although I am not yet using my ID degree, being a student designer made me realize I will never be able to live without art or the ability to be creative. In my current job, I attribute my customer service skills to working at Campus Ink and having the opportunity to speak to all different types of clients.
What are the biggest pieces of advice you have for other student designer? Don’t be afraid to be creative with your designer and push the limits because in the end, it will make you become a better designer.