A new academic year is upon us and we’re thrilled that DCA certificate candidate Michelle Quach will be serving as AIGA student group president through next summer quarter. Be sure to “Like” the group on Facebook to keep up to date with the events that Michelle, with faculty advisor, Pash, will be planning this year.
What brought you to the DCA program?
After graduating from college, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my life. I thought about law school for awhile, and even worked as a paralegal–but the truth is, I’ve always wanted to be in a creative field. After some extended soul-searching and career exploration, I realized design might be a good fit. I’d heard great things about the DCA program, so I decided to take the plunge and sign up for a few classes. Four quarters later, I’m very glad I did.
What’s been your favorite course so far, and why?
It’s so hard to pick one! I think my favorite courses have been the ones that changed the way I looked at the world–the ones that really opened my eyes to what it means to think like a designer. I’d say my top three contenders would be Design Fundamentals, Branding: Icons, Logos, and Identity Systems, and User Experience.
We hear you have an Etsy shop. What inspired that?
Around the time I started thinking about pursuing a creative career (and having doubts about where to start), I stumbled across this line from a commencement speech by the journalist Robert Krulwich: “There are some people who don’t wait.” He was basically saying that if you really want to do something, then you should just do it. Don’t wait to be offered a job; don’t wait to be validated. Despite not being an aspiring journalist, I found this incredibly inspiring. Opening a greeting card shop on Etsy was a way for me to apply this advice to my own life–to start doing something creative right away.
What’s in store for the AIGA student group this academic year? What type of events might we see?
Based on what I’ve heard from other DCA students, I know there’s interest in general career development topics, as well as more specific ones like user experience and wayfinding. So we’ll definitely look into those types of events. I’d also encourage anyone with other suggestions to reach out as well!