PSU Grads: Cari VanderYacht & Andrea Brandtner interviewed by Precious Bugarin

Posted on Oct 26th, 2008 by Command Save

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Llama by Cari Vander Yacht see more of her work AND Andrea Brandtner's at the end of this double interview!

On a first Thursday in September Precious Bugarin  grabbed a pint with the wonderfully talented Cari VanderYacht and Andrea Brandtner. We hung out for a few hours at Slabtown and talked about work, life, design, stuff, and PSU.

Precious asked them a few questions for this blog and then they turned the interview on its head and asked me a few questions too. Here goes:

From Cari VanderYacht, Grad 2007

What is your position/title, group and place of work? How long
Have you been working there?
Studio artist, Wieden+Kennedy. Been there since april 2008.

How did you find your current design position?
Lots of networking (especially mailers), past teachers, and a little
bit of stalking.

What projects are you working on currently?
I'm working with the Coke team on the super bowl, some global brands,
And some side projects for myself and friends.

What do you like best about your position or projects?
Being a freelance studio slave is a pretty flexible job. I enjoy the
Projects and the people but I don't bring my work home with me, which
Frees me up to work on my own stuff. The culture in studio is pretty
remarkable too, always an underlying party mentality. It's kind of a
wonder thing get done sometimes.

On the other side, I've worked 19 hour days. It's a give and take.


In what ways (faculty, program, projects, classes, etc) was PSU GD
successful in preparing you for being a professional designer?
There's a real professional attitude at PSU. The instructors
encourage you to own what you create and work you f* hard (or
give you the tools to work yourself f* hard.)

What recommendations do you have for any current students and/or
students graduating?
Read the newspaper. Designers need to be a part of the world. As far
As school goes, try not to get discouraged, most of us start out as
crap designers. Keep at it.

Get an internship.

Any other thoughts about being a designer that you would like to
Share (things you wish you had known or just anything of interest to
you?)
Right now, I try to make things that satisfy the client's problem
first and satisfy my need to make somethiing that looks awesome
Second. If I don't get my creative rocks off at work, there's always
home.

Would you share a link to a site or a book or ? that you frequent
for inspiration?
In the past, I've had a long love affair with the internet. Now I'm
trying to ignore big design sites, it's all starting to look the same
anyway. It's easy for me to let that stuff affect my work. I like
looking at old science books, mostly ones on plants and the human
body. I also really, really like Geoff Mcfetridge.

 
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From Andrea Brandtner  Grad 2007

What is your position/title, group and place of work? How long have
you been working there?
Freelance surface/textile design for Lucy and Laundry Studios

How did you find your current design position?
Networking, showing my work to studios

What projects are you working on currently?
Ts for Lucy and design inspiration for new merchandising

What do you like best about your position or projects?
I have a lot of creative freedom designing at Lucy. I also like working on the apparel end of graphic design.

In what ways (faculty, program, projects, classes, etc) was psu-gd
successful in preparing you for being a professional designer?
The program prepares you for professional careers through deadline
driven projects, it helps to ground you. Design is a difficult
process, the program gives you so much work you must produce. The
program will take you on a journey, PSU will show you what design is
And where you fit.

What recommendations do you have for any current students and/or
students graduating?
Look at as much inspiration as possible. know what is going on. be
able to show your references throughout your work

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?
If it doesn't work out, go hiking.

Would you share a link to a site or a book or ? that you frequent
for inspiration?
Http://www.byhanna.com/

WALKING and SEEING and KNOWING what i like. i trust my taste. that
makes some good inspiration:)

Floral

Newstars

Newzebra

Packaging

Patternphoto

SEED

Sofada

Tinyfloral

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Cari and Andrea had a few questions for Precious about teaching…
(See Precious and her full interview here!)

Precious, what do you like best about being a teacher?
As corny as it sounds I truly love design. I love it so much I want everyone to understand the pleasure of sharing ideas. The moment when an idea is realized is the most exciting thing for me, I usually start yelling! Facilitating the design process and witnessing student?s gain their personal voice is quite rewarding.

What advice do you have for a student?
Take risks, work hard, explore, research, read, make things with your hands, saturate yourself with stimuli, don't be afraid. School is the safe place where you can test your ideas.

What advice do you have for a graduate?
Opportunities only come once, take a chance, put yourself out there.