Maddie Migis

Profile: Maddie Migis

Curious about the creative forces behind UNT Union Marketing? Maddie Migis has worked for UNT Marketing for nearly 2 years and has been one of the driving forces behind Humans of UNT, UNT Valentines, Snapchat golf cart t-shirt giveaways, and so much more.

Maddie just graduated from UNT with top honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations (hire her), but we couldn’t miss this opportunity to show her how grateful we are for her service by honoring her with her own UNT Union blog post.

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MADDIE’S STRENGTHS, ACCORDING TO STRENGTHS QUEST:

1. Strategic
2. Futuristic
3. Ideation
4. Connectedness
5. Relator

As a strong strategic thinker and relationship builder, it’s no wonder she worked so well on our marketing team!

 

MADDIE’S STRENGTHS, IN HER OWN WORDS

“I think that my strengths professionally are social media, content creation, writing, and coming up with good ideas. I think that I am really good at changing gears if something happens. Taking an opportunity is what social is all about.”

 

WHAT SONGS ARE ON YOUR DESIGNER PLAYLIST?

WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?

“An otter because they hold hands when they sleep.”

 

WHAT IS YOUR BRAIN FOOD?

“Wingstop Fries.”

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?

“I really do like green.”


 

WHAT’S IN YOUR BAG?

“Receipts.  I have more cash than I usually do because I just graduated. My wallet, my pencil bag, and my planner. I have a sewing kit that I did use the other day, so in that moment, I feel like its value was intrinsic. I also have some hand sanitizer and some lipsticks”

 

WHAT WOULD YOU BE IF YOU WEREN’T IN PUBLIC RELATIONS?

“I wish was better at science because I probably would have done marine biology. I feel like a lot of people say that, but I scuba dive. I’ve been on dives and seen the coral has become bleached. You can see it happening. It think it’s sad because our oceans are serving as a barometer for what’s happening to our earth, but not a lot of people see it because not everyone is a scuba diver, and not everyone cares. ”

 

WHAT IS YOUR WRITING STYLE?

“I would say casual. People like to read in a style that they can relate to, so I’ve taken that approach even in my academic writing.”

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?

“I use Instagram the most personally. I like to explore Instagram. If I’m tired and in public and I need something to captive my time, I like to scroll because it’s stimulating to me, but I don’t have to think about it.”

 

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GOALS FOR THE FUTURE?

“I want open an non-profit with my boyfriend in the inner-city or a food desert to educate and feed kids. I have a vision of what it would look like: a complex with a prep area for groups of kids, and garden in the back. A lot of people don’t eat well because they don’t know how to cook for themselves and they don’t have access to healthy food.

It would be an after school program, so instead of parents paying for daycare, the bus would take the kids to our program and they would do is either work in the garden or the kitchen and be taught how to cook a meal. Then they would eat it. It checks off a lot of boxes: not only are they learning, spending time outside, but they are also getting free dinner.”

 

You can find Maddie on LinkedIn, Twitter, and on her website MaddieMigis.com.

Designer Profile: Michael Ryan Wood

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.

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Michael Ryan Wood, Junior Communications Design Major, ENFJ, and Graphic Designer at Union Design Works

Michael’s strengths, according to Strengths Quest, are:

  1. Futuristic
  2. Strategic
  3. Activator
  4. Ideation
  5. Connectedness

“What I would consider my personal strengths are ideas and ideation. I just enjoy it a lot, and it’s one of those innate things that I think I’m good at. I would say that I have some sort of innate leadership skills, I always tend to find these leadership positions and get put into them. They’re fun, sometimes it can be stressful, but I like taking the challenge and guiding people to one vision because I think it’s really fun and rewarding to everyone. Other than that, I think just being likable and empathetic of other people and having an open mind to how everyone feels and what they believe in. That’s something I really pride myself in. Ideation is a big skill I have. I love color choices and things like that. Even though I wouldn’t call myself an illustrator, I would say that I am an illustrative designer. I think of things in an illustrative way, even when I’m doing things with typography I’m thinking about it in an illustrative way. Just explaining myself, I have been told by peers that I can really pitch something, and I think that I can. Even if I’m not 100% on a project, I can pitch it like I am.”

What songs are on your designer playlist?

  1. The Most Immaculate Haircut, Metronomy 
  2. Bloodflood pt. II, alt-J
  3. Droopy Remembers, C418
  4. Desired Constellation, Björk
  5. Laura Corporeal, Geotic
  6. XR2, M.I.A.
  7. Coat of Many Colors, Dolly Parton

What is your spirit animal?

“It’s kind of funny, I think this goes into my appearance as well, but I think it would be a Cinnamon Bear. You’ve got the outward appearance of kind of being large, and feeling like there’s a wall there, but I’m actually very open. They’re crafty, at times, and they’re just cool animals, everyone likes them.”

What is your brain food? 

It’s not a food, but I would say iced coffee is my go-to. I have to have it when I’m working. Which is actually kind of bad, because I do a lot of work at night, and it will be like 8:00 and I’ll have coffee and do work but then be up all night. It’s a good and a bad thing.”

What is your favorite color? 

“As of right now, pink. I love a hot pink. This is the pink that’s like my go-to pink: it’s like a coral that has more orange in it, and also red. So it’s like this electric-red-coral, but it’s also pink. I use it on my website, it’s what I like a lot. I like a lot of colors, but I tend to go to pink, or go to blue. In fact, one of my professors actually forbade me from using blue one semester in any of my projects, so that kind of steered me away from using blue, but I still like it. Pink is definitely my favorite though.”

What tools could you not design without? 

“The main one isn’t actually a tool. People could consider it a tool, but Google drive is my number one thing that I credit to staying organized as a designer. Tool wise, I use my Wacom table to draw, all the main software. Google drive has made my life and my well-being as a designer so much better. I would credit that, because it makes printing processes faster, it double-backs up all my files, and it has taught me a lot of organization methods as far as projects that I think are really crucial as a professional designer. It’s an over-arching tool that has helped me organize myself better, and that has showcased itself in my design.”

What’s in your bag? 

“Holy crap, there’s a lot. My backpack, I don’t use it just for school. It’s like my life bag. Everything I need is in there. My laptop is always in there, I have one folder that’s just all of my school stuff, I usually have my Wacom tablet with me, I have a charger, my laptop charger, I have rulers and circle templates, a big bag of pencils and pens, usually a magazine or a book, I have a flashlight, a first aid kit I’ve never used, a comb, it’s a lot of Utilitarian stuff that I need throughout the day. To be prepared. My favorite thing about my backpack though is that it has a built-in rain cover. It has a bottom pocket, and you pull it over, so that it protects your bag from the rain. I’ve had it for almost five years, it’s a good backpack.

What would you be if you weren’t a graphic designer? 

“If I wasn’t a graphic designer, there’s three things I could be. I think if I wasn’t doing design, I could see myself studying sociology as a profession. I don’t really know where that would take me, but I could see myself going for that as a major. Advertising and marketing is something I could do, I have some things in my head that aligned with it, but I have always also wanted to be an engineer. I’ve always been really interested in industrial design. Design and engineering have parallels. I’ve always been intrigued in it, but if I wasn’t in design I could definitely see myself going down that path.”

What is your favorite (or least favorite) typeface? 

“I love ugly typefaces. The thing I don’t like the most is uninspired typefaces. So, there’s a beauty in things like Helvetica, and really foundational, modern, types, and they can be used in really exciting ways, but like the default type faces can be used really well, but in most cases, they tend to be uninspired and badly designed. I think typography is the art of finding ways to express what you’re writing about. It’s the visual manner to showcase what you’re thinking about what you’re writing about. So there’s really good inspiration that can be taken from it, no matter where you get your type from. And so when I think that someone just uses a default or something that isn’t appropriate for the selection, that’s what irks me the most.”

What is your favorite thing about being a graphic designer?

“My favorite thing about design, wrapping up to what I’m saying about my skills, are the ideas. The ideas that go behind design, and the research that it takes, and the information that you pull, I think that’s the most exciting part of design for me. Conceptualization is definitely one of my favorite things just because there’s so much data available, online, in libraries, in books, and I love that. It’s so exciting to me. Because you can take so much information from what you have and what you are thinking about. It really helps mold what you’re doing.”

I am not afraid to pull from weird references and combine things that aren’t traditionally put together. I tend to see design and art mixed together. That’s also how I approach research and things like that. I pull from a lot of things. I pull from fine art, actual design that’s being made, ideas and things that have happened in history, and I see what can be made from it. It’s just like connect-the-dots, and I love that.  

– M.R.W.

 

 

Designer Profile: Emma Pattison

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.

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Emma Pattison, Junior Communications Design Major, ENFJ Union Design Works

Emma’s strengths, according to Strengths Quest, are:

  1. Individualization
  2. Strategic
  3. Achiever
  4. Empathy
  5. Futuristic

“When I’m talking to people, I think that I can make people feel comfortable, I can make people feel like it’s under control even if it’s not actually under control. I get stressed out and I get anxious, but I can turn that off when I need to. That and also I generally don’t get discouraged easily and I don’t mind doing things over and over and over again, I’m excited about that.”

What songs are on your designer playlist?

  1. Clockout, DEVO
  2. Venus as a Boy, Bjork
  3. Laughing With a Mouthful of Blood, St. Vincent
  4. Pin, Grimes
  5. Lava, the B-52’s

What is your spirit animal?

“Definitely an otter. They get to hang out in the water all day, snuggle (they hold hands when they float), like, their lives are ideal.”

What is your brain food?

“Scrappy’s chocolate chip ice cream. It’s insanely good. I don’t even like chocolate chip ice cream on principal but there’s something specifically about Scrappy’s that I go insane over.”

What is your favorite color?

“I want to make a joke about my favorite Pantone color… I don’t have a favorite color but I love metallics. Any kind, whatever it is, give it to me, I love it. If it’s metallic and shiny, basically, if it looks like it was pulled out of the 80’s, I love it.”

What tools could you not design without?

“I need my computer, but I have to have tracing paper. It’s the best way for me to refine my ideas. I have to be able to draw sketches and make marks and stuff before I take it into the computer.”

What’s in your bag?

“I hate carrying purses and stuff, so I’m usually pretty simple. But if we’re talking about my backpack, I usually have at least a journal, my laptop, headphones, and always, for some reason, like 3 clementines — I snack on them all the time. Usually an assortment of enamel pins that I’m inter-changing throughout the week on my bag or jacket, too. I like having these little things that are goofy and make me happy to look at. My favorite is a pin based off a Renaissance painting, a little vanitas skull that’s a motivational, memento mori kind of thing for me.”

What would you be if you weren’t a designer? 

“I’d be a dancer. Maybe on Broadway… I’d be a dancer or a counselor. I like taking care of people and giving friends advice when they need it.”

What’s your favorite (or least favorite) type face? 

“My favorite typeface is Factoria. It’s this slab-serif, it’s kind of techy, and it shouldn’t be my favorite. It’s not very ‘me,’ it’s kind of masculine, but it’s very versatile. My least favorite typefaces are the ones that come pre-textured, because if you look at the characters, they’re identical. It’s so obvious that it came as a typeface, it wasn’t actually manipulated. They just look cheesy and silly, and like you don’t know what you’re doing. And, it makes me upset because it’s lazy. I hate lazy typefaces.”

What is your favorite thing about being a designer?

“I really like the puzzle aspect of it. Like, figuring out systems and stuff. But, beyond that, it’s nice to have a skill where if my friends need resumes, or help setting up a website, I can help package and promote these people I love and care about. It’s rewarding to present these people and ideas and causes I believe in in an approachable way, to use design to support others. Visual communication is really really important, especially in our culture. I think that I’m lucky to be in this discipline.”

“It’s rewarding to present these people and ideas and causes I believe in in an approachable way, to use design to support others.” – E.P.

Union Fest 2017: Party. All. Day. Long.

The best time of the year is finally upon us! The 41st Union Fest will take place Wednesday, March 8th ALL.DAY.

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Here’s what’s going down:

Coffee Cake Party, Wells Fargo, 8:30am-9:30am

  • Kick off Union Fest with some free coffee cake and coffee at Wells Fargo.

Relaxation Party, Union Portico, 9am-11am

  • Treat yo self to some relaxation! Enjoy a FREE yoga class from 9:30-10:30am along with breakfast treats and relaxing craft activities.

pARTy, Senate Chambers, 10am-12pm

  • Emile Stewart from Wildflower Art Studios will be teaching (4) 30 minute mini hand lettering sessions! Make your own custom banner or create a custom birthday card! Limited supplies- first come, first serve.
    • 10am-11am: (2) Sessions will be offered for the custom banner class
    • 11am-12pm: (2) Sessions will be offered for the custom birthday card

#UNTUnionFest2017 Picture Party!, Art Gallery, 10am-8pm

  • Take a picture on Instagram, use #UNTUnionFest2017 and pick up your printed photo right outside the art gallery!

Birthday Treats! (Vendor Fair), Union 314, 11am-1pm

  • Grab your party favors at the vendor fair! Free snacks and giveaways from some of UNT’s vendor partners!

Live Music Party featuring Quentin Moore, Syndicate, 12-1pm

  • Hang out with UNT Alumni Quentin Moore and enjoy the ultimate vintage soul experience.

Cupcake Party, 2nd level & 3rd level, 1pm

  • No party is complete without a cupcake! Enjoy a chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry cupcake!

Laser <Tag> Party, Union 333, 1-7pm

  • Nothing says party like a laser tag party!

Garden Party, Union South Lawn, 2-4pm

  • Pick out your favorite succulent and make it a festive home! Limited supplies- first come, first served.

Binge Watch Party: Parks and Rec, Lyceum, 4pm-12am

  • Catch a few or all of the episodes from season 3 of Parks and Rec!

Trivia Party, Syndicate, 5-6:30pm

  • Find a team and come play a round to Team Trivia!

Rooftop Party, Union Rooftop, 6-9pm

  • Listen to some live music while enjoying some Texas spring time weather!

Dance Party with Silent Disco, Union 314, 9pm-12am

  • Pick your favorite station and dance the night away as Silent Disco!

Jazz Party featuring the 9/8 O’Clock Lab Bands, Syndicate, 9pm-12am

  • Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy some live music from UNT’s very own!

See you Wednesday, March 8th for an ALL.DAY. PARTY.