Larry McEntire

Graphic & Web Design

Graphic Design Instructor
The Art Institute of Houston

Larry McEntire

The more ideas you come up with, the better your chances of arriving at a good one. Larry McEntire , Graphic Design Instructor , The Art Institute of Houston

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

In college, I attended a presentation by professional graphic designers and advertising art directors. Afterward, they did a portfolio review for students. It was the first time that an outside critique made me feel as though I might actually be good enough to work in the field.

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

I try to simulate the professional workplace by assigning projects that stress the creative process and production values—especially the critical importance of time management.

How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?

I find that the Advertising and Graphic Design program areas blend nicely together. Working together often leads to more and better ideas.

What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

Be on time. Have a solid work ethic and time management skills. The more ideas you come up with, the better your chances of arriving at a good one.