Jill Knop // PSU Grad 2003

Posted on Nov 30th, 2008 by Command Save

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Former PSU student Jill designed Pheoguitars.com. Check out her other sites after the jump!

What year did you graduate?  2003

What is your position/title, group and place of work? How long have you been working there?  
I'm a Staff Designer at The Felt Hat. I was an intern for 3 months, then a contractor for 3 years, before becoming a regular employee a year and a half ago.

How did you find your current design position? 
Through the internship, which was originally advertised through the art department at PSU.

What projects are you working on currently? 
We're finishing up a branding project for Micom Consulting, and a wayfinding project for Stanford University. I have ongoing work for the Elizabeth Leach Gallery, which includes signage, postcards, and ads. And I'm working on a book which showcases the experience design work done by our office for the Portland Armory building.

What do you like best about your position or projects? 
My firm takes on a wide variety of design projects from different industries. So I'm never working on the same thing. With all the variety, I always feel like I'm learning. And since it's a small studio, we all perform organizational, administrative and technical duties to run the business. There's always a lot to do and learn.


In what ways (faculty, program, projects, classes, etc) was PSU-GD successful in preparing you for being a professional designer? 
The PSU faculty were good at reminding us to be professional … to have our work done on time, to be able to speak clearly about our ideas, and to execute them well. This was drilled into me class after class 🙂 Specifically, Portfolio class with Lis Charman was very useful. There I learned how to present my ideas and talk about my process. This helped me with my internship interview and subsequent presentations.

What suggestions to have for PSU-GD to improve upon or information/content that you should have had in school but did not get?
I could have used more instruction in typography. But PSU-GD overhauled it's entire program after I graduated, so I feel they've taken care of that now.

What recommendations do you have for any current students and/or students graduating?
It's important to be well-rounded. Take as many liberal arts, science, … non-design related courses as you can and get the most out of them. You will need excellent writing, communication and research skills, and you should enjoy learning about everything. 

Any other thoughts about being a designer that you would like to share (things you wish you had known or just any thing of interest to you? 
The design field requires a certain level of perseverance. You have to be willing to push yourself constantly in order to learn, create, connect and persuade. 

Would you share a link to a site or a book or ? that you frequent for inspiration? 
I'm inspired by Dutch design