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Vanessa Estrada-Studebaker

Where do you work, and what do you do in your current occupation?

I work as a graphic designer at Veugeler Design Group in Buford, Georgia. My job mostly centers around automotive design, and involves creating digital web banners, print ads, email blasts, direct mail pieces, logos, etc. for various clients around the country. I also occasionally manage production for the team, which involves handling the design work and email traffic from our clients to our team.

What do you enjoy about your current to occupation? Do you consider yourself successful? In what way?

I absolutely love my job! My favorite thing about my job is the team that I work with. We’re like a big family and it makes coming to work so fun! I also love getting to come to work and design different things everyday. I can come in and work on a variety of work, from digital to print, so it keeps things interesting and keeps me on my toes. I would consider myself to be successful because I have a job that I love, I’m excited to come to work everyday, and I am able to constantly grow and learn new techniques that will make me an even better designer in the future.

headshot of Vanessa

What led you to pursue your current line of work?

My senior year, I was looking for a summer internship. I contacted a few companies with no luck, but fortunately was told about an internship opportunity with Veugeler by a fellow classmate who had already committed to another internship. I came to interview and was immediately impressed by their quality of work and their diverse portfolio. I had no experience with automotive design but was able to learn quickly and transition into a full-time position with the team while still having the opportunity to learn a lot of new and useful design principles.

vanessa at work desk

Now that you have a vantage point to reflect on your art education, what would you do differently?

I would definitely take more responsibility for my learning outside the classroom. Learning as much as you can about your software, and studying new design trends frequently will heavily impact your skill set. Teach yourself as much as you can so you can become the greatest asset to your team that you can be.

Do you have any words of wisdom for current DoVA students?

I stated a few things above that I wish I would’ve done differently that also apply here, but the most important thing I can say to current DoVA students would be to make connections! Talk to your classmates, pursue opportunities, network at events and job fairs! You never know where a great opportunity or your next job could come from. I would not have my job today if I had not had my company recommended to me by a classmate. Also, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. A helpful teacher is the greatest resource you have as a student. Ask questions, design for fun, build your portfolio, and build relationships with others!

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