Gregg Harvey

Design & Technical Graphics

Design & Technical Graphics Instructor
The Art Institute of Colorado

Gregg Harvey, Design & Technical Graphics Instructor

It's very competitive out there. You need to be at the top to be considered for a design position. Gregg Harvey , Design & Technical Graphics Instructor , The Art Institute of Colorado

Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

I won a National Scholastics Golden Key Award for a drawing I did in 11th grade art class. I was accepted at the Cleveland Institute of Art before I finished high school, and that was it.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

I share the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I give students clear direction at each step of the design process to help them reach their potential. Getting paid to design—and seeing your work produced around the world—is a great feeling, but it only happens for students who have professional-level skills and process.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring—and how do you inspire students to push themselves beyond their own perceived limits?

In my Observational Drawing Class, I have students draw objects with no lines, using the side of a charcoal stick. Being forced out of their comfort zone helps them realize that the best creative discoveries happen when they try something new.

How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?

Just as it is in the industry, students must be able contribute to a team and fulfill their component of the project. Giving and receiving input from all team members can help make a project a success.

What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?

It’s very competitive out there. You need to be at the top to be considered for a design position. Lots of people want it, but not all are willing to invest the drive, sweat and tears to get there.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Changing the world is the best feeling ever, but it starts with deliberate, focused dedication.