Graduating Student Profile: Daniel Easley
May 3, 2018
Name: Daniel Easley
Hometown: Decatur, GA
Where did you earn your degree(s)?
The University of Georgia, BFA Studio Art 2018
What interests you about your field?
Graphic Design interests me because it’s all about the style and details. It also can be a great source of instant gratification, unlike some other creative fields. You can use design to speak in different voices and tones, and at the end of the day, I really enjoy doing it.
What are some highlights of your time at UGA?
My biggest highlight was definitely the reception for my exit show at the Lamar Dodd School of Art this semester. It was a great way to conclude months of hard work on that particular project and a nice celebration to recognize all I have learned in the past four years.
What does service mean to you?
To serve is inherently to help and to spend your time to aid and benefit those you are working for.
What inspired you to join the Archway Partnership?
I was drawn to the fact that my work would be part of larger community improvements that Archway facilitates. I was also excited to learn that I would get to work on a wide variety of projects, which is much more appealing than working on the same sort of thing all the time.
What kinds of projects did you work on during your time with the Archway Partnership?
I worked on all sorts of graphic design projects like logos, brochures, booklets, posters, flyers, etc.
What is your most memorable experience/favorite project from your time with Archway?
My favorite project was the Literacy Resource Guide for Pulaski County. This project compiled tips on how to promote literacy, and I had a lot of fun incorporating books into the design. With this project, I was able to envision my design work being helpful to the larger initiative and beneficial to the members of the community learning about literacy resources.
What did you enjoy most about your time with the Archway Partnership?
The most rewarding projects I have worked on have been the projects where I’m given more responsibility with shaping the design. This includes several logo projects, but also projects where I believe the project itself would do great things in the community, such as the Christmas Assistance brochure in Griffin or the Low Birthweight Resource Booklet. These projects have furthered my education by giving me technical skills, but also educated me about the function of graphic design in the world.
Has your time with Archway affected your career plans? If yes, how so?
My time at Archway has reinforced my belief that graphic design can be helpful in a lot of ways. Since these projects are making more of a societal impact than my school work, I have realized that ideally I want to work somewhere that is also using design for social good.
How has service-learning helped you grow as a student or in your personal life?
It has helped me become more considerate and thoughtful. As a designer, these communities are my “clients,” and I have to make certain considerations for what would work best for them.
Do you believe it is important for students to participate in service programs?
I believe it is important for students to be involved in service programs because we possess the ability and skills to serve these communities.
What advice would you give to a student who is considering joining the Archway Partnership?
I would advise that it is okay to work on a project for a long time to ensure that it is the best that it can be and meets all the needs that it is required to.
What are your plans after graduation?
After I graduate, I plan on initially looking for graphic design positions/internships in the Atlanta area.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In terms of big picture, I’d like to work at a design studio, in-house at a magazine, or doing design that promotes other creative fields.