Graphic designer draws inspiration from youth
April 25, 2011 —
When people think of being a graphic designer, they assume that there is need for skills such as drawing and being a perfect sketch artist.
For Kimberlee Kennard, third year graphic design major, it’s a whole different story.
“When I took art in my junior year of high school, I was scared of it,” she said. “I hate drawing. But, when I finally signed up, I loved every aspect of my basic and advanced art classes. I fell in love with everything art after that.”
Kennard said she had her first experience with graphic design in fourth grade when her dad, a pressman, helped her with a science fair project that demonstrated the four-color process of a printer.
When the first laundromat opened in Vassar, Kennard’s hometown, she became their “unpaid designer” as a seventhgrader.
“I made all of their closing signs and posters that were put up,” she said. “You can say that those were my first pieces that were publicly displayed.”
Looking back, Kennard laughs at the systems she used.
“I was working off of crazy old card designing programs, like Windows 98 and 2000,” she said. She experienced her first job shadowing in eighth grade.
She helped an in-office graphic designer make catalogs and pamphlets.
“Watching [her], I had no idea what she was doing. Then, boom, boom, boom. She was done,” Kennard said. “I wanted to know how to do what she did.”
Kennard graduated from Vassar High School as a covaledictorian in 2008.
Since she has been at SVSU, Kennard has used her talents for projects for her church youth groups designing T-shirts and posters.
This year, she was chosen from a number of applicants to design the T-shirt for the Bay Shore Camp, an area youth group camp.
“I grew up knowing that I wanted to work with youth,” Kennard said.
This past week, Kennard found out that she won the SVSU Alumni Endowment scholarship for the 2011-12 school year. With this, she plans to finish school by next May.
After graduation, Kennard hopes to get a local, paid internship.
“I knew I never wanted to be a nurse, teacher or anything of that matter. When I found my love of art, everything changed. I have not changed my major since I started school, because I knew what I loved.” Kennard said.