INSPIRED BY DIFFERENCE.
My interest in graphic design began at the age of 13 when I received my first computer and obtained a copy of Photoshop. I became very active in an online community of fellow artists which began my journey in discovering all the possibilities that Photoshop has to offer. In middle and upper school, I thoroughly enjoyed participating in AP art classes and seemed to stand out in this field. My first major graphic design project in high school was to create a series of magazine covers pertaining to sport cars. This project helped me develop skills by increasing my familiarity with the program and providing more hands-on work in the creative process.
Once I graduated from high school, I began an internship during my summer vacation for LS3P, an architectural firm in Charlotte, North Carolina. During my time there, I was in charge of renderings, marketing packages, and the creation of presentations for Clients. Some of the projects that I worked on were Southpark Mall, Phillips Place, and Piedmont Town Center, all located in Charlotte. After my first summer at LS3P, I was asked to return during my breaks, which I did and worked with them for four years up through my senior year in college. Although I had been assured of a position upon graduation, due to the drastic change in the economy, they were not able to fulfill that commitment. I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work for such a reputable firm. I learned many valuable lessons such as how interaction and communication with fellow coworkers is vital to success.
In continuing my journey with graphic design, I decided to attend Campbell University and received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design and Studio Art. While at Campbell, I endeavored to develop my creative process by beginning to combine more of my hand drawn skills with my graphical work. I entered contests for theatre promotions and won a competition for a musical called “The Boyfriend,” for which I designed a poster, billboard, and program which was distributed around campus. I, also, gained a strong sense of how various typefaces and forms of type have a huge impact on the design aspect of an image. Using that knowledge in my work helped advance my thinking process in graphic design.
After graduating from Campbell University in December of 2008, I was doing freelance work with a local architect, three local bands and Dartmouth College. For the architect, Onxley Architecture, I was responsible for re-designing the signage at the entrance of two apartment complexes, creating uniformity with all the interior signage. While freelancing for two of the bands, Eyes of the Elders and Stump Dickens, I was responsible for creating a CD cover for the band’s EP as well as posters for their East Coast Tour in March of 2009. For the third band, I created a website (www.davidwhitlowmusic.com), where I designed the layout using images that were provided to me. The project that I completed for Dartmouth College was for the The Wheelock Conference, where I created the cover for the program that was handed out to all the members and was also displayed on the large projector located behind the podium. Another project I am continually working on is my own website (www.davidspringsteed.com), which has been a top priority as it allows me to display some of my work and advance my abilities in website layout.
In the Fall of 2009, I attended the Savannah College of Art and Design to pursue my graduate studies. I learned many new ways to approach different goals in designs. I was, also, able to design many new works to add to my portfolio which I feel are some of my best. Economically, the price of tuition as well as the cost of living was unaffordable to me at that time despite wanting to stay to continue my graduate studies.
There are many avenues which I would like to explore in graphic design with the experience I have acquired thus far. Some of the projects I enjoy most are creating identities ranging from local bands to corporations. My dream job would be working with a company like Apple or Nike, helping to bring fresh ideas to their identities, promotions and products. Eventually, one of my goals would be to work in an atmosphere that would allow me full creative liberties.