Jillian Nalezny

STW21-JILLIAN-NALEZNY

DEPAUL UNIVERSITY

Jillian Nalezny is finishing a BFA in graphic design. Born with a love for anything and everything creative, she stumbled upon the world of design and discovered the beauty in technology. She likes to work with bold typography and illustration and is drawn to packaging design and brand identity. As president of a student organization that empowers women in the tech industry, she has learned about leadership amidst change and developed an interest in design for social good. She believes that design can play a part in social change by telling stories, amplifying voices, and broadening perspectives. She looks forward to entering the industry after graduation and absorbing everything she can learn about design.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?

Born in Naperville IL., living in Chicago

STUDYING ON CAMPUS OR ONLINE?

Currently online

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?

I’m asleep by 9 P.M. if that tells you anything

FAVORITE MOVIE?

The Godfather

FAVORITE BINGE WATCH?

Tiny House Nation, I aspire to live in one

FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?

Pinterest, lots of design inspiration there

FAVORITE PODCAST?

Scratching the Surface and The Minimalist Podcast

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?

Lee Krasner

FAVORITE BOOK?

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

FAVORITE CHARITY OR CAUSE?

Holistic prisoner reform, specifically The Innocence Project

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY DURING THE PANDEMIC?

Playing the ukulele

HAVE THE CHALLENGES OF 2020 CHANGED HOW YOU THINK ABOUT GRAPHIC DESIGN AND DESIGNERS?

Now more than ever, I believe a graphic designer is a communicator who creates symbols that are powerful enough to represent movements and unite a world regardless of language barriers.

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