Anuhea Chen holds a design she made of her home state and has an Instagram page called anuheachendesign where others can follow her to see more of her artwork. Photo by Lorin Vilayvong.
Anuhea Chen, a junior majoring in graphic design from California, said her favorite part in her major is being able to struggle through ideas “but eventually, create and turn those ideas to projects and share them with others.”
What is graphic design?
“I like to describe graphic design as art. It’s a way to solve creative problems. You can design posters, logos, websites and stuff like that.”
What made you decide this major?
Chen said she really wanted to study art. She shared how she was nervous at first because she was better in drawing and photography, “but when I started learning Illustrator and InDesign, I realized there are so many things I can do.
“I love the sharing aspect. I want to share my work and design with friends and family and have other people share it with their family and friends as well,” she added.
What do you want to do with it?
“It would be awesome to start designing T-shirts or posters for a company and gain experience to learn insider ideas for a company. Eventually I would want to be able to start my own company.”
Describe a typical day
According to Chen, graphic design classes take a lot of time. She said, “It requires paying really close attention to detail. I have just recently appreciated expectations professors have for my work. It challenges me to do better and work to improve my skills. I work on projects, sketch design, concepts, and drafts.”
Chen shared the steps she has to go through to get a project done. “I have to finish formatting, send it to the printer, pick up the prints, buy props, and photograph them.”
What jobs are available in Graphic Design?
“People do packaging design, branding, marketing design, web design, and publication design. A lot of people also do motion graphics, photography, and videography.”
What advice do you have for someone interested in graphic design?
“Be willing to work hard and stick to it. You don’t have to be the most creative person. Just be able to execute creative ideas and do creative problem solving. Anyone can do it. It’s okay not to be the best and not knowing your exact style of design. It will help widen your knowledge, learn more, and allow you to enhance it.”
“I love the challenge. It’s not as easy as people think. You can be creative, but you also have to challenge yourself. It helps you grow creatively and visually.”
Chen said it’s hard not to compare yourself to other people. “Instead of comparing yourself, just use them to help you improve. You will meet really cool people. Not to mention, the professors are really awesome.”
“Sitting in front of the screen or working on the same project for a long time can be really difficult. It takes a lot of time. It can also be hard to work with a group on one project. You need to learn how to compromise two different creative styles and turn it into something you both like.”