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Our slab on the block this week is a programmer, entrepreneur, photographer, graphic designer, advertising department manager, user experience designer, and obvious "go-getter." Twin Cities meet Stacia Burtis, a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design. First off, one of the things that stood out to us about Stacia is how driven she is and how much she has accomplished so much in such a short amount of time. Since she knew at a young age she wanted to go after design, stay in the midwest, and attend a large college she quickly chose the University of Minnesota to study. Yet, she didn't wait for college, or even high school for that matter, to end before she got started. She told us, "My senior year of high school, a photography friend of mine and I started our own business in which we did senior photos and graduation invites. When I got to college, I got a small marketing job with Kids’ Hair salon to make extra money on the side. Eventually, they asked me to be the graphic designer for all 12 of their locations." She continued, "As a sophomore, I started working at The Minnesota Daily as a coordinator, placing ads into the newspaper layout. About a year ago, I became Manager of the Advertising department. I am currently still working for Kids’ Hair Salon, working at The Daily as manager, and freelancing with my developer geek of a brother." Impressive.
When we asked Stacia what drove her into design specifically she told us, "My family 100% drove me to do what I am doing. I grew up in a creative household. When I was little, my mom worked for an interior design distributing company, my dad was (and still is) a musician and web designer, and my brother was coding websites before computers were even popular. Ever since I can remember, my dad has used design to make our lives more fun." Very cool and her natural grasp of design, mixed with her strong work ethic, shows in her work. With a nice mixture of illustration and typography play throughout her portfolio she has managed to create a rich and diverse body of work. And the industry has taken notice. With her collaborative team work at The Minnesota Daily winning awards every year since she has been there. Including their 2011-2012 Media Kit which was featured in the 2012 AIGA Design Show. Even though she is holding down three jobs right now she told us, "Right now, I don’t have any specific plans for the future. I would love to get some experience in a firm within the next five years, I think I could really thrive in a small design firm’s atmosphere."
Check out more of Stacia's work after the jump. Also check out our last two features: Ryan Bren, a Designer at Wink and Abby Haddican, a Freelance Designer and Illustrator
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