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How do you think graphic design gives you guide-lines for creativity?With whatever design job I get, I will most likely have a client that knows somewhat what they want. I would have an easier time making a design for someone that knows what they want than someone who has no idea what they want because it is harder to narrow down and come up with a solution when there are too many open ends. I basically like to have freedom in moderation, I need a reason or purpose to design something.
When was the rst time you remember designing? My earliest memories doing artwork are with my grandmother. I used to spend most of my childhood with her and she bought me art supplies to help me express my creativity. My grandma is an artist but just did artwork for her own liking, she didnt try to share it with the world.
She was a huge in uence on me and shes the reason I am doing art and design.
What do you nd so in- uential with designing without an audience?I am proud of my grandma for pursuing art for her own good, she did it because it makes her happy, not because people tell her it is good or bad. She does art for fun, in an almost relaxing manner. I feel the same way when I work on sewing projects. I start working and everything around me just stops and Im in my own little world. When I design, I dont want it to be about myself, I want to be able to glorify God and let others know about him through what I do.
So do you think that all design shouldnt be done for an audience?I dont necessarily think that all design should be made without the intention of an audience, it depends on what the design is and what it is
for. Many designers design for the glory and fame they will get out of their career, but I feel that there should always be a reason behind art and design. I think we Christian designers should be glorifying God through our talent, instead of ourselves.
How has your faith in- uenced your choices in design and how you went into the eld?During my senior year of high school I did not really know what I was going to do after graduation. I prayed and trusted God to take me where he wanted me to go and what he wanted me to do because I had no idea. All I knew was that my heart was set on going to Judson. I gure that since I was able to make it through the rst year of Visual Communications with minimal amounts of PTSD that I should be good enough to continue with this major. And now I wait for what God has planned for my future!
Whats your favorite thing about design?The thing I like most about design is learning more and more how to use computer programs to express and convey what I have going on in my head. It can be frustrating when there is something you want to put an idea down on the computer and you dont know what tool to use in order to succeed. So that is why I am thrilled to be learning all these new things at school.
What are your three fa-vorite things about yourself? One of my favorite things about myself is how independent I have become since being at school and how much more outgoing I am. I love my friends and my family very much, I feel like they are a lot of what de nes me. When I am home my brother and I spend hours watching television shows. We have the same sense of humor and similar
personalities so we are pretty close with each other. The friends that I have made here at Judson are like family to me as well because I live with them and see them every day, we may as well be related. Another thing I like, oddly enough, is my hands, ngernails, and my feet. It sounds really funny, but I always wanted to be a hand model.
Are you and your family are pretty close?I talk about my grandma so much because she basically raised me when I was younger; I spent every day with her. That is why she has been the biggest in uence in my life. She helped me become better as an artist. My immediate family has been through a lot so I suppose my mom, my brother and I have become pretty close. Ever since my brother came
back home from college he and I have been much closer to each other. We are very similar people and we get along better now that we have grown up a lot more and share more of the same interests. Therefore we spend a lot of time together when I am home.
How is your family supportive of you de-sign-wise?My entire family is very artistic, but mostly musically talented. Because of my grandma, my brother developed his artistic talent as well as his musical talent. But I think that at Judson I am helped the most design-wise by the professors. I nd the critiques given to us SOADA students are the best because the professors tell us what works in our design and what needs to change.
A graphic design student at Judson University who uses her family and faith as reason to create.
An Interview With
I think we as Christian designers should be glorifying
God through our talent, instead of
Introduce yourself, what do you do?
Makenzie Augenstein is who I am, and art and designing is what I do.
How did you get started in design?
I started doing art ever since I could hold a pencil. Ive generally always been
creative and doing artsy things, ever since grade school. The reason I chose
to go into design was because I enjoyed editing pictures and working on
Ob|8Ynb|t|8FYt8|b8ob8F|brealized I have the need to have someone give me guidelines for my creativity,
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