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I attended Shillington because I wanted to be an art director of a magazine one day… and here I am!
Art Director, Home Beautiful
Art Director of Home Beautiful magazine sounds like a total dream job! What’s your favourite thing about your work?
As predictable as this answer might seem, I promise it’s true! My favourite thing about my job is that I actually love what I do.
I love the brand I work for and I’m completely passionate about it in every aspect. If you can find a job that you really love, it makes every day so enjoyable.
You studied at Shillington in 2007 . What lessons stick with you most today?
Shillington taught me the ability to turn briefs around quickly. In publishing you don’t have the luxury of working on stories for a week/month, sometimes you need to turn around a page on either the day before or the day of print!
And shortcut/quick keys tests. Not to brag, but I did use to get 20/20 each week we were tested on our quick keys, which has totally paid off now!
What job titles did you have in the lead-up to Art Director? What’s it like leading the charge now?
I started as a Junior Design and literally moved my way through each level of graphic design. It’s so important to work your way up through all the ranks & appreciate all levels of the job. It gives you a better understanding of the industry and helps you be a better manager one day.
It’s exciting and still surreal to me that I’m in this position. I attended Shillington because I wanted to be an art director of a magazine one day… and here I am!
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