Nicole Montes

FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY

I was born in Tallahassee, Florida, but raised in Texas. I am graduating with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design. After receiving a diagnosis of ADHD and Dyslexia, my parents decided to homeschool me. During that time, I learned to manage my learning differences. As a differently-abled individual, my brain works differently and is full of creativity. I work on my own techniques to help my brain focus and cultivate my creativity. I am passionate about creating innovative and meaningful designs that will produce emotional responses in the audience. My education at Full Sail has been an incredible journey of encouragement where I was constantly reminded that I could successfully reach my dream of becoming a designer. I have reached my dream through Grace, hard work, dedication, and the Full Sail faculty’s incredible support, which is extended even after graduation. Full Sail never abandons its students and is determined to help us succeed. The university‚Äôs motto is “If you’re serious about your dreams, we’ll take your dream seriously.” I can attest that Full Sail University certainly means it, for which I am forever grateful.

WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL INSPIRED?

I follow my passion and look within for inspiration to deliver meaningful and impactful visual designs.

WHAT AREA OF DESIGN ARE YOU HOPING TO WORK IN OR SPECIALIZE IN?

I plan to specialize in illustration, merchandise designing, and web, branding, advertising, and marketing design.

WHO IS SOMEONE YOU LOOK UP TO IN YOUR FIELD? EITHER TODAY OR HISTORICALLY?

I have admired Hayao Miyazaki and his work for a long time, even though he is not a graphic designer. He has an inspiring love and passion for art. He persistently pursued his dream to become an animator. With passion, great imagination, and determination, Miyazaki uses brilliantly painted backgrounds with persuasive characterization to make the fantasy world look like the real world.