Thoughtform is happy to announce that Jessie Collins will be joining us as a design intern for the Summer of 2023! We sat down with Jessie to talk about her design education, her love of motion and animation design, and her audiobook of the moment.
Tell us a bit about your background.
I just finished my third year as a Communication Design student at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP). In addition to my major, I am minoring in Marketing through the Lindner College of Business. Before deciding to study design in college, I had always been interested in art and design. However, my high school offered many design courses, where I discovered my passion for design.
What’s an example of design you admire today?
One area of design that I admire is motion and animation design because there are so many components that go into creating a video. From deciding the aesthetic to figuring out timing or choosing audio that fits with the tone of the video subject, each part of the design process is highly time-consuming and technical, and it takes a lot of skill to do it all successfully. After taking a couple of motion classes, I am always in awe of all the extremely creative and beautiful motion and animation sequences I watch and their ability to communicate a story or message meaningfully.
What advice do you have for someone starting down a similar career path to your own?
I would advise anyone starting a similar career path to be open to all experiences and learning opportunities. Through those opportunities, they can learn what areas of design or projects they are passionate about or what areas they do not gravitate towards. Also, learning and knowing what we are passionate about will help push people toward a career and work that they enjoy, which is important.
Who’s currently on your work playlist?
My current work playlist is a combination of audiobooks and podcasts. I have recently been listening to a podcast called Circle Time, hosted by Kelsey Kreppel, which I have been enjoying. I also have been listening to the Harry Potter books on audiobook and working through all of them. I am now listening to the fifth book Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.