Keene State College’s Graphic Design majors have worked for the past four years for the opportunity to showcase their portfolios for their families, friends and possible future employers. Students displayed their work on Friday, April 25, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Mabel Brown Room where KSC’s senior graphic designers displayed their portfolios. The students interviewed said they felt proud of both their work and the graphic design program at KSC.

Senior Michaela Nargi said she feels the program did a great job of preparing her as a graphic designer.

Brian Cantore / Photo Editor: Graphic Design major Matthew Moses stands with his work on Friday, April 25, at the Graphic Design Portfolio Showcase.

Brian Cantore / Photo Editor:
Graphic Design major Matthew Moses stands with his work on Friday, April 25, at the Graphic Design Portfolio Showcase.

“My favorite part of the program is how every student kind of comes in with their own style and nothing we do throughout the program changes it,” Nargi said.

Nargi continued, “We’re able to incorporate who we really are into every bit of work we do. The graphic design program is so different from other majors where you kind of get told what to do. This allows you your own identity and I think it’s great.”

Nargi continued, “I definitely feel like Keene State’s program has prepared me as an artist — especially the professors. They all care so much and care about how their students are doing and how they’re developing.”

According to senior Caroline Kambrich, the graphic design program offers many opportunities for students to learn and ultimately grow as artists.

Kambrich said she was not sure about what she wanted to do when she first came to KSC. She explained the program allowed her the necessary guidance throughout her college experience as an artist.

“The program definitely allows you to develop as a designer. In the beginning, I felt so unsure and uncertain about who I wanted to be as an artist,” Kambrich said, “But in the end it’s so fun to just see yourself and all the work you’ve done in the past four years. It’s definitely a really great program. I feel like I developed so much — both as a person and a designer and that is so great to just be able to sit back now and look at it all.”

Kambrich continued, “I first came into Keene for photography. I was kind of trying to explore what type of art I wanted to do, but then once I got into the graphic design department, I knew I was meant for branding and packaging and advertising. This program was definitely where I belonged all along.”

Kambrich said she was happy to be able to finally to showcase her work in front of everyone.

Brian Cantore / Photo Editor: An example of student’s work that was showcased at the review.

Brian Cantore / Photo Editor:
An example of student’s work that was showcased at the review.

“It’s so exciting to be able to stand here today and show people my work. It’s a great feeling. There’s been a lot of families and people related to the other designers, but I’ve also talked with a few people who are looking to hire for their businesses or websites,” Kambrich said, “It’s such an exciting experience.”

Senior Zach Kelleher expressed excitement about being able to showcase his portfolio. “You know, everyone is kind of molded by their environment,” Kelleher said, “What I am showing everyone here today is what Keene State’s graphic design program has molded me into while still allowing me to be myself,” Kelleher said.

Kelleher, who said he transferred to KSC as a sophomore, said he felt  the program allowed him an easy transition process that he was comfortable with.

“I started out a little behind, but I definitely wasn’t just thrown into the program,” Kelleher said, “It was easy and painless. They gave me so much guidance here that I didn’t even know I needed. The program really transformed me into who I wanted to be as a graphic designer,” Kelleher said.

Kelleher continued, “It showed me my strengths and let me play around with them. It made me realize what I was capable of.”

The students who participated in the graphic design major’s portfolio showcase said they felt like KSC’s program prepared them sufficiently for the future.

“I feel one-hundred percent more confident in myself after being at Keene State and having the help I’ve had here,” Nargi said, “It feels so great to be able to show it all off now.”

 

Stephanie McCann can be contacted at smccann@keene-equinox.com.

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