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Students to Watch in 2012 BACK FORWARD

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melissa deckert

PRATT INSTITUTE

Melissa Deckert came to New York from Austin TX in 2008. After pursuing interests in fine arts, illustration, and graphic design, she now brings handmade elements and experimental concepts into her work in Pratt’s Undergraduate Communications Design department. Melissa is fueled by adventures in new neighborhoods, barbeque, borderline obsessive list-making, and licorice mint tea. She is currently a senior and an art director for the yearbook. She plans to start a business with a friend and fellow Pratt designer, and will travel to every continent (except Antarctica — too cold for a Texan).

What have you gained from attending design school?
One of my biggest struggles coming into Pratt was the feeling that I had to choose one creative pursuit and stick to it in order to excel. Over time, I've come to find that the more creative outlets I introduce myself to, the greater my work becomes. Living in an environment surrounded by so many talented individuals has shed light on the importance of working with other majors, and I’ve learned how graphic design can have an impact on any and all art forms.

Favorite Color?
Gray, PMS 429
Favorite Typeface?
Archer
Favorite App?
Shazam
Favorite TV Shows?
Breaking Bad, Green Porno, 30 Rock
Favorite Books?
Life of Pi, Einstein’s Dreams, short stories by Flannery O'Connor
Favorite Movies?
Old Boy, Sweet & Lowdown, Ghost
Favorite Music?
Changes constantly
Favorite Fine Artist?
Stephan Balleux
Favorite Gadget?
Bone folder
Bookmarked Websites?
underconsideration.com/fpo, TED.com
Worst Habit?
Sleeping through my alarm
New Year’s Resolution?
Achieve balance
One Thing You Can't Live Without?
Comfy shoes
Talent You Wish You Possessed?
Play an instrument
Best Gift Ever Received?
A quilt from my mother
Mantra or Saying You Live By?
“Everything’s going to be OK.”

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