Ashton Priddy

Designer Profile: Ashton Priddy

If you don’t know what UNT Design Works is, you’re missing out. Run by Union Marketing, Design Works is a print shop that prints large and small format specialty print jobs, as well as operates as a graphic design firm. Services are available to students, departments, and the public. Design Works produces a lot of really great designs (hence the name) so we would like to take some time to profile the excellent designers we have on staff not just because they’re awesome but so you can see their past work and find insight on their personal style, should you like to hire them.

Ashton Priddy

ASHTON PRIDDY, SOPHMORE COMMUNICATIONS DESIGN MAJOR, INTP UNION DESIGN WORKS

ASHTON’S STRENGTHS, ACCORDING TO STRENGTHS QUEST, ARE:

  1. Adaptability
  2. Belief
  3. Empathy
  4. Intellect
  5. Connectedness

WHAT SONGS ARE ON YOUR DESIGNER PLAYLIST?

  1. Ben Howard’s Old Pine 
  2. Bright Eyes’ First Day of My Life
  3. Jason Mraz’s Geek in the Pink
  4. The Head and the Heart’s Rivers and Roads
  5. Sleeping At Last’s Turning The Page

 

WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?

“[The other designers and I] decided that I am a hungry albino squirrel.”

WHAT IS YOUR BRAIN FOOD?

“Breakfast tacos.”

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?

“Black.”

WHAT TOOLS COULD YOU NOT DESIGN WITHOUT?

“My brain and either a computer (definitely Mac) or something to write with.”

WHAT’S IN YOUR BAG?

“Sweet N’ Low and Ibuprofen.”

WHAT WOULD YOU BE IF YOU WEREN’T A DESIGNER? 

“Photographer.”

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE (OR LEAST FAVORITE) TYPE FACE? 

“I like the free kind and I don’t like Myriad because it’s the default on our computers at Design Works.”

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING A DESIGNER?

“Just making things look nice and I have a lot of fun just being creative. I like the people that I work with and the work that I do [at Design Works] while I am in college.”

You can follow Ashton online:
https://www.instagram.com/ashtondelaine/
https://www.pinterest.co.uk/ashtondelaine/

Jonathan Joyner

Profile: Jonathan Joyner

FUN FACT 1: He has the most certifications in the office being certified by Adobe, Microsoft, Google, the QPR Institute, and the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies.
FUN FACT 2: if you order anything online from Pier-1 Imports, you’ll receive an email he coded.
 Jonathan Joyner

Jonathan Joyner, INTJ

Jonathan’s Strengths according to Strength’s Quest, are:
  1. Competition
  2. Command
  3. Analytical
  4. Ideation
  5. Futuristic

WHAT SONGS ARE ON YOUR DESIGNER PLAYLIST?

Baddest B*tch by Nicki Minaj
“Nicki rapping gets me pumped. It’s all I’m the best, I’m the greatest, and singing along to that makes you feel like you can take on the world. And Nicki’s super fast flow is just so impressive.”
“Really, the older I get, the more I understand and related to Britney Spears’s 2007 meltdown.”
“Gwen just makes me happy.”
Slide – Goo Goo Dolls
“It’s angst about growing up. It’s about learning to let go. It’s a surprisingly upbeat song about an abortion. It’s everything.”
Something by RuPaul
“I’m borderline obsessed with Drag Race and RuPaul has one of my favorite quotes of all time. “My intention is to always come from a place of love, but sometimes you just have to break it down for a motherf%ker.””

WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?

“Probably a cat. Not a house cat though, more like a stray. I’m not a fan of crowds. I get skittish. I’ve lived many lives and no matter the setback or tragedy, I’m lucky enough to come out okay. I also don’t like to be touched by strangers and can reveal a mean set of claws when I need to.”

WHAT IS YOUR BRAIN FOOD?

“Candy. I pretty much always have some on me; Skittles, Starbursts, Taffy, lollipops, mints…. Jazzmyn and I would regularly eat candy for breakfast in the office together. It’s also small, shareable, and makes for an easy way to start up conversations with my coworkers and do a pulse check on their lives.”

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?

“It depends on my mood. Mostly jewel tones. I like color colors, colors with a personality like vibrant turquoise, candy pink, berry red, bright lavender. I hate neutrals. Beige, puce, off-white all look like they’re dirty or expired to me.”

WHAT TOOLS COULD YOU NOT DESIGN WITHOUT?

“My smart phone. It’s so versatile. It’s work, it’s socializing, it’s entertainment, and I’m told if you press 9 of the number buttons in a row, it can be used to talk to somebody. “

WHAT’S IN YOUR BAG?

“Far too much. I’m always afraid of needing something and not having it, so I have had multiple pens, pencils, Eos lip balls, medication, phone cable, phone battery, keys, pens, pencils, a mini Moleskin, a planner, change, condoms, deodorant, hair product, office supplies, baby powder, a small cologne spray, tooth brush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, and candy. “



WHAT WOULD YOU BE IF YOU WEREN’T A MARKETER?

“If my math and science grades were better, a plastic surgeon. I’d fit in with the rest of my family, but it still deals with both function and aesthetics. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. If not that, maybe some kind of analysis. I love looking at numbers and data trying to figure out a pattern that will lead to that ah-ha Eureka! moment.”

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE (OR LEAST FAVORITE) TYPEFACE?

“I like the extremes, so something ultra formal and traditional like Bodoni or ultra modern like Gotham.”

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING A MARKETER?

“I like the strategy aspect. It’s about being clever and working smarter rather than harder. Sun Tz, said “Every battle is won before it’s ever fought.” You don’t have have to outspend or outwork your competition, you just have to outthink them with a better idea.”

GOALS FOR THE FUTURE

“I’d love to be a brand manager managing a creative team, maybe for a television network or something in the entertainment space. I think the way we consume media now compared to 10 years ago, the possibilities and potential for creativity are endless. “
You can follow Jonathan on JonathanJoyner.comLinkedInTwitter, and Instagram .

Designer Profile: Caroline Hailson

If you don’t know what UNT Design Works is, you’re missing out. Run by Union Marketing, Design Works is a print shop that prints large and small format specialty print jobs, as well as operates as a graphic design firm. Services are available to students, departments, and the public. Design Works produces a lot of really great designs (hence the name) so we would like to take some time to profile the excellent designers we have on staff not just because they’re awesome but so you can see their past work and find insight on their personal style, should you like to hire them.

Caroline Hailson

CAROLINE HAILSON, SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS DESIGN MAJOR, ENTP UNION DESIGN WORKS

CAROLINE’S STRENGTHS, ACCORDING TO STRENGTHS QUEST, ARE:

  1. X-Ray Vision
  2. Mind Control
  3. Invisability
  4. Super Strength
  5. Crying On Command

“I would say being calm and collected. I don’t get easily rattled. I’m also easy to talk to. I don’t let my emotions get in the way of stuff.”

WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?

“Definitely a tiger. I’ve always felt a connection to them. When I was little, I thought I was a tiger. That’s one of my mom’s favorite stories to tell to my friends. I didn’t think I was a child. I was a tiger. I’ve always thought my personality meshes well with cats. On the outside, they’re big and scary, but on the inside, they are just like a regular house cat. ”

WHAT IS YOUR BRAIN FOOD?

“Dark chocolate covered almonds because they’re an easy to eat snack and they’re good for you too.”

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?

“I don’t know if I have one, but I do like gold. I have a lot of gold shiny stuff.”

WHAT TOOLS COULD YOU NOT DESIGN WITHOUT?

“Oh gosh. These tiny clear rulers (right angles are important) and micron pens. I use a lot of micron pens.”

WHAT’S IN YOUR BAG?

“My entire life. I always carry my computer with me and my bag of writing utensils; pens, pencils, markers.  I also try to have snacks with me at all times as well, just in case because I always forget to eat meals, so snacks are crucial.”

WHAT WOULD YOU BE IF YOU WEREN’T A DESIGNER? 

“I don’t know. My next passion would be music. Anytime that I’m by myself, I’m singing to myself, so if I could be anything else, it would be a singer in a band. Maybe one day, I’ll do that too.”

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE (OR LEAST FAVORITE) TYPE FACE? 

“My favorite would have to be Gotham. I like how geometric and that it just seems to go with everything that I do. My least favorite though, I’d have to say Bleeding Cowboy. Oh that [typeface] can just die. That is the wost. I hate it! Everything I hate about the South and country people is embodied in that typeface. It’s a huge rhinestone purse with a cross on it. Ugh. I hate it.”

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING A DESIGNER?

“How much design goes into everything. It wasn’t until I started design school that I realized the smallest things have a design in them. People read all the time and don’t realize that someone spent time on the typeface that they’re reading. They don’t give it a second thought, but so much time and effort went into these things you use in your everyday life.”

You can follow Caroline online:

Bēhance: https://www.behance.net/Carolineha2deb
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/caroline-hailson-a72a0bb8/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/hailcaro
Instagram: https://instagram.com/hailcaro
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkJgC9l_ukbaX5lbpqfcBJg

Noah LeGrand

Designer Profile: Noah LeGrand

If you don’t know what UNT Design Works is, you’re missing out. Run by Union Marketing, Design Works is a print shop that prints large and small format specialty print jobs, as well as operates as a graphic design firm. Services are available to students, departments, and the public. Design Works produces a lot of really great designs (hence the name) so we would like to take some time to profile the excellent designers we have on staff not just because they’re awesome but so you can see their past work and find insight on their personal style, should you like to hire them.

Noah LeGrand

Noah LeGrand, ENFJ, Media Arts Major
and Videographer at Union Design Works

According to Strengths Quest, Noah’s strengths are:

  1. Strategic
  2. Adaptability
  3. Input
  4. Empathy
  5. Ideation

“If I put my mind to something, it happens usually.”

What is your designer playlist?

  1. Mike Krol – Fifteen Minutes
  2. Jenny O – Well OK Honey
  3. Tweedy – Low Key
  4. Don’t Stop or We’ll Die – Lisa
  5. E40 Ft Suga-T – Sprinkle Me

“I love Randy Newman. He is the greatest musician that has ever lived, he has been nominated for 9 oscars and he has won one of them. He is the songbird of his generation. I just love him so much.”

“I have a show on the 21st at Andy’s Bar in Denton at 8:30 PM [of my own music] and my short film Hot Rod Brothers is also premiering then too.”

What is your spirit animal?

“I’m not going to say spirit animal, but I’m going to say I have a cosmic link to red pandas. Recently, I was going through a box of my stuff at my parents’ house and I found a little red panda and I knew it was true.”

What is your brain food?

“Chicken nuggets, French fries, Cheez-Its, peanut butter sandwiches, and Diet Pepsi. I don’t know why it’s my favorite soda. I think regular Pepsi is disgusting. ”

What is your favorite color? 

“It is a hard tie between royal blue and sea foam. I’ve always been a blue guy. I’m blue da ba dee da ba daa Da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa Da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa, da ba dee da ba daa.”

If you weren’t a videographer, what would you be?

“I would make action figures. I would design and craft toys. It’s 100% of what I told my parents I would do as a child.”

Tell me about Douglas the UNT Puppet.

“Christmas time 2014, I worked at a Toys R Us as a seasonal employee. I was very bad at it, but you got a pretty decent discount. My two friends, Joey and Nick, and I all were all going to buy a puppet for a talk show and it became ‘Noah Buys a Puppet with 2 Friends.’ [Douglas] first showed up in a music video that I made the day after buying him. He had no hair and different eyes. About a year later, I made him look like me. Steve [the Union Marketing Manager] bought him a hoodie and he became me with a different nose. He has a different nose because of my nose fandom. Purely visual appreciation.”

What are some tools you couldn’t work without? 

“Internet. I mean I probably could, but it’s not a life I’d want to live.”

What’s in your bag?

“I don’t have a bag, but I never had a bag. Oh God! I don’t have a bag! I can show you what is in my pockets; little wallet, big phone, and a sock.”

A sock?

“I found it in my vest pocket. Why one sock you ask? It’s a question for the ages.”

What is your favorite thing about video work?

“My favorite thing is that it’s very intuitive and it’s very freeing and you can anything with video. None of it is so hard that you’ll never be able to accomplish it. The trial and error process is the only way to go in a video. I’m sure that if most people tried it and kept at it,  they would get better. The only real way to get good at any kind of art is to just do it and work at it. You’re going to suck at it for a real long time, but one day, you’ll get better. I apply that to every part of my life.”

What is your aesthetic?

“Bowling alley carpet.”

You can find Noah on YouTube, BandCamp, and Spotify.

Alumni Throwback: Veronica Newell

Veronica Newell, ’16

2015-2016 Graphic Designer

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If you could sum up your experience in Design Works in one-two words, what would it be?

Exciting.

What was your first memory of working at Design Works? 

We were still in Stovall and the first thing you guys asked me to do was design the logo for the new union. I was so nervous. I remember doing one hundred sketches and I worked on them all day. That project was huge to start on, but it was a great start.

What have you done since leaving Design Works and graduating from UNT?

After leaving UNT, I took a break. I didn’t start looking for a job right away. I probably waited two or three months before applying for jobs. For a brief time, I worked for a company that designed custom stamps. After that, I started at Fossil. I’m a web designer, so I’m working on the website, updating content, visuals, and web layout. I send out promo emails sometimes to customers. I’ve been doing emails for a couple of months and am now the official email designer.

How did your time at Design Works prepare you for the future?

It was a really good representation of what working at an agency or company is like. We’re working on deadlines, collaborating with other designers, and presenting ideas to our higher-ups in administration. It was really helpful to introduce students to a professional field because it wasn’t too formal.

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What about Design Works had the greatest impact on you?

When I think about Design Works now, I think, “Wow, that was a really great place to work.”

What was the most important lesson you learned during your time at Design Works?

Learning how to ask for help and taking criticism. Sometimes I get weird about that because the communication design program is so competitive and its hard to ask for help. I learned to not be afraid to ask for help or seek other people’s opinions at Design Works.

Favorite project you worked on?

The “Cheers to the Union,” ad we did with the albino squirrel posing like Kim Kardashian. That one was fun and crazy and I enjoyed propping up a squirrel in a  sequin dress while my boss took photos. I was shocked that we were even able to do it. I also enjoyed making icons for an interactive screen. That was so different from anything else.

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What do you wish other people knew about Design Works?

I wish people knew how fun it was to work there. When people think college jobs, they don’t think they sound very interesting. But this job was so different. There were so many projects to work on and we got to express ourselves creatively. There are no other jobs like this on campus. People probably see it as “just-another-office-job-on-campus,” but it’s really not.

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Thing you miss about Design works? Thing you miss about UNT?

I miss the environment of UNT and college in general. For one thing, it’s really nice to be in the same city as your friends. Also, the atmosphere was so inclusive and quirky. There was just something about living there that was great.

What’s your super-power, if you had one?

Knowing the exact tubber-ware size for your leftovers.

What is your brain food?

Going to museums.

What’s on your playlist?

Leon Bridges, Nick Waterhouse, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, and just a lot of energetic music.

What’s in your bag?

Laptop, sketchbook, pens, pencils, makeup bag, and bobby pins.

What’s your favorite color?

Indigo, but more purple.

What is your favorite thing about your job now?

I would say that the open, collaborative, laid-back environment is my favorite. It’s not super corporate. We try to have fun around the office, like Spring Festival and the all-out Halloween decorations and costumes. It’s a great place to express your creativity in so many ways and we’re always trying to spend time together. We go on two-hour lunches just connecting and collaborating. It reminds me a little bit of Design Works, but we have way more deadlines.

Advice for current students?

It was so hard in the communication design program and I felt like I didn’t have a lot of fun because I stressed myself out over assignments and homework. I was a little boring and too serious. Have more fun and do much as you can. College doesn’t last long, so enjoy it and get the most out of it.