Alumni Update: Interview with Thomas Gilmore
What would a typical day be like at your job?
My role is to help market the agency as one of the largest independent agencies in the country. I could have projects ranging from press releases to packaging, webpages to marketing collateral, presentations to creative workshops. These projects may be either agency specific or branded for our clients. I enjoy the variety in my job.
Why did you choose Graphic Design?
I was very involved with art classes as a child. I grew up in Toledo, Ohio and went to art classes on Saturday mornings at the Toledo Museum of Art. Sylvania City Schools also had a tremendous art curriculum. I’ve always enjoyed design and art.
What advice would you give for students currently in the Graphic Design program?
You are very fortunate to be in a very strong program at BGSU. Take advantage of every opportunity you are given. Explore things such as business and marketing classes. Most importantly public speaking and writing are crucial skills as a designer. Do anything to broaden yourself outside of just design.
Don’t forget to document your process and listen to your professors!
Do you think the Graphic Design Industry has changed since you graduated?
Quite considerably. I was on the cusp of the industry changing when I was in school. A lot of the classes I took were traditional—before the Mac. However, my professors told me that computers were going to be the next big thing. I think one benefit I have is the understanding of both traditional and digital design. Putting ink to paper is completely different than pixels on a screen—knowing both is important, but knowing your audience is still the most important aspect of design.
Interviewed by Nicole Headlam