Hey there and welcome to Klaudia’s first blog! Since my professional background is in book publishing, be prepared to read a lot of content related to that industry.
I graduated from York University with a BA in Professional Writing (Book Stream), and then topped that off with a Publishing Certificate from Ryerson University. Some of the courses I focused on were document and book design, visual skills, substantive editing, proofreading, marketing, and trade and education publishing. During my third year at York, I sought more experience in publishing by seeking out volunteer positions in the industry. Sandra Kasturi and Brett Savory from ChiZine Publications in Toronto were nice enough to work with my lack of expertise and teach me about publishing—and they taught me a lot!
My interest in graphic design really started at ChiZine and worked its way from there. Though there were a few design courses at York and Ryerson that I took, I felt these only scratched the surface of what was possible in the graphic design world.
A brief stint in educational publishing saw me working at a medical journal publisher for about a year, first as an editorial assistant, then as a production editor. However, my love of trade publishing, production, and designcompelled me to return to school for graphic design.
And here I am, at Humber in the Graphic Design for Print and Web program!
Here are some of my hopes for the upcoming year: I hope to expand my knowledge of graphic design and challenge my design ideas through Humber’s program. I want to create clean, colourful, and bright projects. Eventually I hope to find a job in commercial printing and move to book design from there.
One random fun fact about me is that I collect masks from cultures around the world. I’ve travelled to places, like Costa Rica, where masks are an integral part to the people’s culture. (I’ll try to post some pictures of them throughout the year!)
Thanks for reading, and make sure to check back on my progress throughout the program and my own growth as a graphic designer!