Saturday, January 23, 2010

Tonya Harpenau: a follow-up

Still photography sequence is courtesy of Paul Hanaoka.

Graphic design entrepreneur Tonya Harpenau of Dezign Lines, which is based in Le Mars, Iowa, was the Dordt College AIGA student group’s first guest presenter of 2010. On Thursday evening, January 21, fifteen people came to Tonya’s presentation where her energy and enthusiasm for graphic design was very apparent.

Ms. Harpenau began by first "breaking the ice" with the group by handing out mini candy bars. And from there showed and passed around to the audience actual printed examples from her portfolio. It was absolutely delightful to see an early work sample of hand drawn “comps” and multi-layered mechanical boards with cut amberlith film for color separations. Tonya then proceeded to discuss transition into digital graphic design, art direction, and her personal vocational path. She was insightful when she conveyed what it's like to work for a variety of clients and being self-employed in Northwest Iowa.

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