Megan Kesting

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AUBURN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF INDUSTRIAL + GRAPHIC DESIGN

I grew up surrounded by artists. From a young age, I knew I wanted to be in a creative field. In high school, I primarily focused on fine arts; drawing, ceramics, and darkroom photography. During my senior year of high school, I experimented with Photoshop and was blown away with how tactile fine art skills crossed into the world of technology. After that, I was set on becoming a designer. My career, so far, has not been easy, but it has been so rewarding. I have loved having studio space to experiment with new processes and techniques. Process and concepts are the most important to me. I check out books, and conduct consumer and visual research before touching Illustrator or In-design. I also start projects by building conceptual stories and creating in-depth personas of my audience. My process is “old school.” I create illustrations by hand, scan in random objects, and use typography as image. I start every project by creating collages and always have a stack of magazines to cut up. 

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
Augusta GA / Huntsville AL 

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
Definitely a night owl

FAVORITE SOCIAL PLATFORM?
Instagram. People are more creative on Instagram than any other social media platform.

FAVORITE TV BINGE WATCH?
Friends

FAVORITE PODCAST?
How I Built This with Guy Raz

FAVORITE BOOK?
Love Does by Bob Goff

FAVORITE MOVIE?
The Vow. Honestly, any Nicolas Sparks movie

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Vincent Van Gogh

FAVORITE CAUSE/CHARITY?
A21, founded by Christine Caine, exists to end slavery and human trafficking.

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
CrossFit and working out in general

FAVORITE DESIGNER WORKING TODAY?
David Carson

IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
I’m always up for adventures and traveling so a flight attendant or pilot

THE BEST THING ABOUT DESIGN SCHOOL?
Getting to know my professors. They challenge me in the best way possible, push me to create work that I’m proud of, and encourage me along the way.  

A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
“Love everybody, always”– Bob Goff author of Love Does

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