August Member of the Month Callie Lack

What’s your current position?

I am a student at Bradley University currently pursuing my bachelor’s degree in graphic design with a minor in marketing. And I also intern at Bradley’s athletic department.

What’s a typical day like for you?

Every day is honestly different for me. But no matter what day it is, I know that my mornings will always start out with me pressing the snooze button at least 10 times before actually getting out of bed. That’s a given. Then I’ll get ready and either go to class or work on something for athletics that may be due that day. But the majority of my days are usually filled with classes, homework, projects, and occasional meetings and such.

How do you feel about working in St. Louis and the Midwest?

Being able to study and work in the Midwest, and not too far from St. Louis where I grew up, is an amazing opportunity for me that I am overwhelmingly grateful for.

What’s the most satisfying part of any design project?

Probably the moment when you nail that core concept or idea for a project. Because after that, everything seems to fit together and fall into place (at least most of the time).

Tell us about one project you remember the most, good or bad.

Oh gosh. Well, last year while still interning at Bradley’s athletic department, I was to design the theme for the annual auction that they have each Fall. It was to be 60’s/70’s themed. But the lady who was in charge of the auction had already decided exactly how she wanted everything designed, which included a wonderful array of hearts, peace signs, swirly brushes, and lovely drop shadows.. It was awful..

When was the first time you knew you wanted to work in design?

I first became interested in design, primarily web design during middle school. I remember saving up my birthday money to buy Corel’s Paint Shop Pro X (because there was no way I was going to be able to afford photoshop). But at that point in time, design was more like a hobby for me, something I enjoyed doing for fun in my free time. It wasn’t until my marketing classes in high school that I realized that this hobby that I had developed years before could actually translate into a career.

What skill sets will be required a creative in 2015?

I think it is becoming increasingly necessary for designers to at least have a basic understanding of web and mobile technology and UX/UI design. I also think that being a highly collaborative person is also important and the ability to work with a diverse groups people.

What roles are in the ideal creative team?

Personally, I believe that the ideal creative team can change depending on the company you’re working for or the industry that you’re in. But in general I would definitely say, an art director, designer, copywriter, and developer.

What kind of music do you listen to?

I listen to a wide variety of music. I guess I’m mostly into alternative / rock. Paramore, Fall Out Boy, Echosmith, and Switchfoot are some of my favorites 🙂

What would you like to tell future designers?

Have passion about design if it’s something you truly love. And do not ever stop learning.
Always be on the lookout for opportunities to gain more knowledge and insight.


Callie Lack is a Graphic Design Student at Bradley University and a St. Louis, Missouri native. During the school year, she works as a Graphic Design Intern for Bradley’s Athletic Department. She is also currently Co-President of Bradley’s AIGA student chapter.
In addition to her passion for all things design from packaging to web media, and social design, she possesses a huge passion and slight obsession with Parisian life and culture.

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By AIGA Saint Louis
Published August 26, 2015
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