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


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.””


“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.”


“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.”


“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.”


“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. “


“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. “


“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.”


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


“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.”


“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 .
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.

Designer Profile: Kate Douglas

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.




  1. Includer
  2. Ideation
  3. Activator
  4. Positivity
  5. Adaptability

“My job as a designer is to make abstract and often complex information easy to understand.” – Kate Douglas


  1. Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin
  2. Snow (Hey Oh) by RHCP
  3. Cowboy Dan by Modest Mouse
  4. Fly by Sugar Ray
  5. Freeway by Flux Pavilion

“That’s a tough one. I usually go with classic rock most of the time, but I am stuck in the 90s, so Sublime, 311, Red Hot Chilli Peppers get me and the creative juices flowing. Upbeat usually.”


“I figured this out with Emma actually. It’s a Bowerbird. It’s a bird that collects blue things for its nest. It’s kind of obsessive about all things blue and makes this very pretty home for itself. I’m pretty OCD and like to nest and I’m pretty flighty too, so I feel like a bird is fitting.”


“Granola. Just granola, in general, it’s the easiest thing for me to snack on when I am doing stuff and doesn’t get my keyboard all messy and greasy. If it wasn’t for that, it would be fries.” 🍟


“Cerulean. It’s an ocean blue with a little bit of green in it. It’s one of my favorites. I also like coral-really orange coral, but with a little bit of red in it.”


“Pencil and paper for sure! That’s where I choose to smart all my things. I feel like if I don’t get it down on pencil and paper, then that my ideas don’t fully come together. That’s where I start. After that, definitely a Waccom tablet and obviously my computer, but definitely start with the pencil and paper.”


“Ooh inside my bag: my computer, my sketch book, a knife, my headphones, whip stuff, a carpal tunnel brace because I have carpal tunnel even though I’m 21, and gum for sure, and a tablet. I live out of my backpack, so it usually has a lot more things in it like clothes and stuff.”




“Ooh. I have always wanted to fly a helicopter. That would be really fun. Or a dive instructor. I would get my masters certification for scuba diving and just live somewhere and show everyone the local reefs.”


“One of my go to ones is Knockout just because there are a lot of styles, so it can either be very narrow and skinny or very fat and blocky, so it has a very good range. I find that to be a very useful font. Cooper Black. It’s what people iron on their t-shirts. It was very popular in the 70s and 80s and everyone thinks` that it’s outdated, but I really like the look of it. It’s very friendly and  I think it can say a lot and people don’t give it much credit, like Comic Sans, as they should.”


“I like being able to communicate ideas. My passion is to give people information that otherwise wouldn’t be available to them or it understandable. I like making complicated things less complication or making things more tangible for people, so taking big data and making charts and visual elements. That part is really our job [as graphic designers] to facilitate how people understand it. At Design Works, a big part of my job is to make sure the audience understands what’s happening.”

You can follow Kate on BehanceTwitter, and

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.


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.