Valerie Duran

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ART INSTITUTE OF TAMPA

Valerie Duran is a United States Air Force veteran and a Graphic Designer with over fifteen years of experience. She began training as a Visual Communications Specialist and graduated from the Defense Information School in Maryland. Upon separation from the Air Force, she continued to serve her country as a civilian-government contractor with a leading information technology company. She obtained a top-secret security clearance and provided outstanding support to the United States Central Command and the Defense Intelligence Agency at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. With a continued desire for knowledge and growth as an artist, she began her pursuit of a BFA degree in Graphic and Web Design from The Art Institute of Tampa. At the Art Institute, Valerie has developed a unique eye for design and a passion for copy writing, brand identity, publication and web design. Her eclectic style has allowed her to choose the optimal medium to effectively communicate information through visual means. Valerie continues to be passionate about design and cultivate her creative skills. She is looking forward to obtaining an internship and is thrilled to be graduating this summer.

FAVORITE COLOR?
Raspberry

FAVORITE TYPEFACE?
Optima

FAVORITE APP?
Pandora

FAVORITE TV SHOW?
Shark Tank

FAVORITE BOOK?
The Power of Now

FAVORITE MOVIES?
Big, Forrest Gump, Sleepless In Seattle

FAVORITE MUSICIAN OR BAND?
Norah Jones

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Claude Monet, Jackson Pollock

YOUR DESIGN HERO?
Paula Scher

TALENT YOU WISHED YOU POSSESSED?
Telepathy

IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Psychologist … I like to know why people behave the way they do.

A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
Be silly, be honest, be kind – Ralph W. Emerson

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