Graphic & Web Design
Visual Designer at Envoy
The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University
[My] education provided a solid foundation of design knowledge, both technically and theoretically. There's no way to learn everything in school, but The Art Institute of California—Sacramento gave me the tools to start my career. Amy Devereux , Visual Designer at Envoy Bachelor of Science in Graphic & Web Design, 2013 , The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University
Amy Devereux is a visual designer at Envoy, a start-up company in San Francisco, California. She says that she focuses on the company’s branding, marketing, packaging, and illustration. “My day is usually pretty flexible. It's a good mix of independent focus, collaboration, laughter, meetings, tangents, and lots of coffee,” she says.
Before starting at Envoy, Amy worked at a creative agency for two years. “I started as an intern during my final quarter at The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, and was hired on full-time post graduation. After about a year, I was promoted to senior designer.”
She says that it’s motivational to think beyond school to broader career goals. “If you look at every assignment as a means to your career, it becomes much more easy to prioritize classwork. It's not about churning out 15 sketch variations and reading 50 textbook pages, it's about deciding that these things are important to you.”
Amy came into her current position with a print-focused background, so creating pixel-perfect icons was something that she hadn't done before. She searched the internet to find solutions to problems—but discovered that nearly every article listed different solutions to the same problem. “It quickly became a game of trial and error. I had no idea how extremely technical icon design needed to be—aligning vectors to a pixel grid, industry standards, and the millions of little things that can go wrong through export. But it led me to discover that iconography is a new favorite type of design.”
She believes that creativity flows most naturally in a comfortable environment. “This was something I kept in mind as I evaluated a new position. I like to surround myself with positive people who will both make me laugh and push me to be a stronger designer.” Amy adds that a clean environment with natural light is also inspiring. “Add a cup of coffee and some tunes and those bezier curves will be unstoppable.”
Amy enjoys seeing her work out in the world. She’s viewed her illustrations at a conference in New York City, and used a branded Snapchat geofilter that she created. “It makes design rewarding on a different scale.” The products that Amy creates are constantly growing and changing. She says that this inspires her to do her best work—and she continues to grow professionally by working on a daily side project.
Amy, who in 2013 earned a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, says that her education provided a solid foundation of design knowledge, both technically and theoretically. “There's no way to learn everything in school, but The Art Institute of California—Sacramento gave me the tools to start my career. As hard as it could be sometimes, I would [absolutely] do it again.”
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