Meet Chrissie Talkington

Digital design

1. What attracted you to your major?

I was attracted to digital design because of several factors—the major reason being that the field is very visual. The next reason is that most of the work is created using computers and technology. Lastly, unlike other fields, digital design allows me to work with time and space, visually.

2. What classes/activities/clubs did you take in high school that you think were helpful in preparing you for your career?

In high school I was very active. The teams and challenges I faced helped me in my career. In volleyball I was part of a team, and I had to do my part to help. I know that working as part of a team will be important once I begin my career after college.

3. In what activities or clubs did you participate in college that helped you achieve your goals?

In college I tried to stay active. In my free time I volunteered. This was a great opportunity to get involved in the community, and it helped me through school by showing me the light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes school would become difficult, and volunteering gave me an outlet that was non-school related.

4. What courses/programs of study did you take in college to work toward your career?

In college I was a digital design major, so all of my classes were geared toward my major. I took classes in many aspects of new media, including typography, motion, 3-D, interactivity, design, and interface design.

5. Did you participate in an internship/cooperative education program?

I participated in a cooperative program at Hobsons in Cincinnati, Ohio. I had a variety of challenging projects, and I was a member of a team. I did my part in order for the team to be successful.

6. What are the required skills that are needed in your field?

This varies based on the job you get or the company you work for. Some skills that a digital designer may have include programming, visual story telling, interface design, animation, 3-D modeling, computer knowledge, motion, Web design, and post production. Some jobs in the field require more knowledge of a specific field or a wide variety of skills.

7. What kind(s) of personalities work best in this field?

The field lends itself to independent workers. Generally, you are part of a larger team, but you must be able to take your assignments and work on them on your own. Sometimes I spend hours at my computer by myself, but social skills are essential to communicate with other team members and clients.

8. Are there any physical demands to the job?

For the most part there are no serious physical demands, but because the computer is the main medium most digital designers sit at their desks for a majority of the day.

9. What are the three most important pieces of advice you would give someone who is interested in the field?

  • Explore your options within the field. There are many different directions, and it is cool to explore more than one. The field lends itself to that because of its diversity and youth.
  • Look around. Design is everywhere, and inspiration comes at odd times.
  • Be willing to change. Digital design is always evolving and currently changing at an accelerated pace. I do not see the field slowing down in the near future, so you have to be able to change and learn every day.

10. What do you wish you would have known about the field before you began your occupation?

I wish that I would have known the diversity of the field before I began. The field is much bigger than I saw in the beginning, and now I want to know as much as possible about the specialties. I also did not realize the wide use of digital design in most people’s lives. It is in many aspects of our lives: in the home, cars, schools, streets, businesses, and much more.


This article was written by Hannah Purnell

Hannah Purnell is a staff writer for Hannah writes extensively on the topic of undergraduate studies and the college search process.

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