Interview with Taylor Kopf, DESIGNATION Alum and Designer at Frequency540

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Taylor Kopf is a graduate of the Fire Cohort. Before joining the program she was working as a graphic artist in print and for stock WordPress sites, but used DESIGNATION as the launchpad to a career as a truly digital designer.

 

Where are you now working, and what is your job title?
I work at Frequency540 as a Designer.

Tell us a little bit about your new job!
I started off freelancing here at FQ540 since the end of May and got hired on as a full-time designer about a month ago. It’s collaborative, fast paced, different every day, and I get to work with some amazing clients.

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How would you describe the DESIGNATION experience?
Challenging, inspiring, and very rewarding. It’s an intense program unlike any other where you team up with people from all different backgrounds to create bad-ass design.

What was the most interesting or useful thing you learned during the cohort?
Critically thinking through your designs every step of the way. Also to always be learning – whether that’s reading a new book, attending networking events, or subscribing to a new podcast. Never stop learning!

What are the people at DESIGNATION like (including staff, instructor and fellow students)?
Intense, passionate, and generous with their time. To this day I still reach out to instructors and students for questions on best practices, critiques, or general career advice.

What were you doing before you came to DESIGNATION?
I was at my first “big girl job” for about a year and a half as a web/print designer.

“I gained an immense amount of confidence and learned how to present myself and my work in the best way possible.”

How did you hear about DESIGNATION, and why did you decide to come?
I was at breakfast with a friend discussing my desire to take my career to the next level and he recommended DESIGNATION. About a month later I quit my job to start the next chapter of my life and will be forever grateful.

How did DESIGNATION help prepare you for your new role?
DESIGNATION taught me new methods and practices that helped me stand out from other applicants. I gained an immense amount of confidence and learned how to present myself and my work in the best way possible.

What was your favorite part of the DESIGNATION experience?
Just being in an environment that was all about design with no boundaries. Also, (I’m probably the only person to ever say this) Malort.

What advice would you give to someone who was trying to break into the industry?
I know everyone says this but honestly, break out of your comfort zone! Throw that crazy idea out there, share inspiring content with others, grab coffee with someone you look up to, and involve yourself in the design community. Get the conversation started and don’t be shy!

“DESIGNATION was an environment that was all about design with no boundaries.”

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