Alumni Throwback: Shane Silagi

Shane Silagi (aka Patchens), ’15

Multimedia Assistant, 2014 – 2015

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What was your fondest memory at Design Works?

All of the fun projects. I was able to work with highly creative people that I enjoyed working with. Every day was memorable, there was always something going on. I was always trying to keep up with all the creativity and it was a great place to grow. But shooting the GAP commercial was fun. I wasn’t there for it, but I edited it.

What was your favorite project or assignment?

I really enjoyed the Fine Arts project because it gave me an opportunity to talk to different people at different departments. I feel like it helped me tap into the spirit of the school itself, like it’s always been a big arts school. I loved listening to people talk about what art is and how it is a part of the Denton culture.

What would you say had the greatest impact on you at Design Works?

It was my boss, Steve. This place wouldn’t be what it is without him. To come here and be given the freedom to create was great. He believed in us as a team. He is a rare boss.

Where did you go after graduating?

I cried. There was a gallon of ice cream, at least three hour showers, and we got two cats; I went through the whole grieving process and then just searched for jobs for a long time. I ended up in a customer service job back at home, at a recreation center I really liked. I enjoyed that. And now I’m a program coordinator for them, which allows me to do fun side projects for them. They don’t have a marketing team, so I’m trying to change that. I’ve also been doing some acting and stand-up comedy. I just had my first television debut on CNN. Language of Laughter* is still going strong, we’ve been doing that for three years. It’s been growing and got nothing but good coming back. We want to keep helping out the community.

How would you say that your time at Design Works prepared you for your current job?

Coming here every day and having to assess our projects and being creative, all of that was amazing. Because now I wake up with the same mindset wanting to create.

What’s one thing you miss about UNT?

Everything. I miss the people and the campus. It keeps growing and changing, and I love it. I miss all the fun events that happened on the side, but I’m kind of spoiled to because I get to come back to do comedy shows.

What advice do you have for current students?

Don’t get discouraged when you graduate. There’s a time frame, when you leave college, when you’re going to have to do a lot of things you don’t want to do. Don’t let that stop you, be patient. Keep working hard. You will get to where you want to be eventually, but you have to stick it out.

If you could be an animal, which would you be?

A whale. An orca whale specifically because they’re at the top of the food chain, but in the ocean. I like to swim.

What’s something you could not live without?

My girlfriend.

What is on your music playlist?

Black Panther album, it’s so good.

What is your favorite color?

Pink.

What can you not leave the house without?

Water.

If you could do anything in the world, what would you do?

I would be in a Hollywood movie.

* Language of Laughter is a non-profit organization that uses stand-up comedy as a vehicle for raising money to improve childhood literacy in local schools. Shane, along with his best friend Stu Hollowell, started Language of Laughter in 2015. Since then, they have raised thousands of dollars for Denton ISD schools, held bilingual story-times for young students, held multiple literacy workshops, and started an annual comedy festival. You can learn more about Language of Laughter on their website and facebook. Their next event will be on March 17th, 8PM – 11PM, at Tom’s Daiquiri in Denton.

 

UNTThreads: February 2018

When the calendar turned to February, we started ironing out the details of our UNTThreads campaign. The mission of the campaign is to highlight and celebrate the unique variety in style on campus. We love seeing how the students at UNT express themselves through their fashion! Check out what these creative, beautiful humans were wearing in the cold and rain this month.

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We can’t wait to see what you are wearing in March! Be on the lookout for #UNTThreads on facebook, twitter, and instagram.

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/

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.