Colorado
By Edward Popovitz | April 4, 2013
2013 Robert Taylor Scholarship

AIGA Colorado is pleased to announce the 2013 Robert Taylor Scholarship Finalists and Winners. Thank you to all who applied and we look for­ward to the 2014 Scholarship Competition.

Gustavo Esquinca

2013 Robert Taylor Scholarship Winner

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What piece of advice would you give to an aspir­ing designer to help them be successful?

  • Be resource­ful, be informed and be aware that noth­ing in design is right or wrong, or good or bad… It just is.
  • Constraints make design eas­ier… so define them. Embrace them to be suc­cess­ful, and look beyond them to chal­lenge yourself.
  • Stay true to who you are; Personality goes a long way.
  • Design is about peo­ple. Be accessible.

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Jarrod Joplin

2nd Place Winner

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What piece of advice would you give to an aspir­ing designer to help them be successful?

  • Meet other design­ers. School pro­vides a great intro­duc­tion plat­form for stu­dents to engage pro­fes­sion­als. Find those stu­dios and firms that inspire you and ask to have a edu­ca­tional inter­view with the art and cre­ative directors.
  • Join AIGA,
  • join Art Directors Club.
  • Subscribe to Communication Arts, HOW and any other of the design related publications.

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Kacey Underwood

Scholarship Finalist

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What piece of advice would you give to an aspir­ing designer to help them be successful?

A hard or long week can be punc­tu­ated by even a moment of pow­er­ful inspi­ra­tion. Inspiration may come from design blogs, online port­fo­lios, pub­li­ca­tions, respected his­tor­i­cal works, indi­vid­ual design­ers, and friendly competition.

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Steven Parisi

Scholarship Finalist

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What piece of advice would you give to an aspir­ing designer to help them be successful?

I’d express clearly that no designer do work for free! Even if it’s meant to end up in their port­fo­lio. In our indus­try, we need to have a com­mon goal of see­ing the value in our own work and pass­ing that along to clients and employers.

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Jacob Trahan

Scholarship Finalist

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What piece of advice would you give to an aspir­ing designer to help them be successful?

If I could give any bud­ding designer, who is seek­ing a piece of advice about design, it would be to go out there and explore the indus­try and the world of ever expan­sive, elu­sive, Graphic Design.

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Silvia Minguzzi

Scholarship Finalist

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What piece of advice would you give to an aspir­ing designer to help them be successful?

I real­ized that I need to believe in the company’s mis­sion to be sat­is­fied. I cre­ate bet­ter designs when I’m engaged in my work not only from an artis­tic point of view, but from an intel­lec­tual and social stand point.

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