Noah Humes ('17 Illustration) and MJ Balvanera (MFA Graphic Design) are featured in Graphic Design USA's "Students to Watch in 2017," an annual list that recognizes the top talent entering the professional design community. Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) chooses students from leading design programs around the country. Learn more about Humes and Balvanera in their GDUSA interviews below.
Reprinted from GDUSA...
Noah Humes grew up in Los Angeles. He is currently in his senior year pursuing his BFA. Throughout his upbringing, he was fascinated with depicting people he identifies with. Sharing the stories and truths that need to be understood, issues that need to be addressed lives within him while creating. Noah feels the responsibility as an illustrator to comment on the social and political issues occurring in the world around him. Through his creations, he believes it is essential to keep in mind and apply the ways of “how to paint” and “how to draw” mixed with expressive, loose and free techniques.
FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Kerry James Marshall, Jonas Wood, Kehinde Wiley
COLOR USED MOST OFTEN IN YOUR DESIGN?
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MJ is a graphic designer from Mexico City. She graduated in Visual Communication in 2014 from CENTRO (MX) and is currently pursuing an MFA in Graphic Design. She is a strong believer in the power of visual communication to create social change through concept driven design, social engagement and real life experiences. MJ has focused part of her studies on her personal social and political passions, including feminism and immigration rights, through book design, an internship at the Women’s Center for Creative Work and creating the identity graphics for TedXPasadena Women.
GREATEST STRENGTH/WEAKNESS AS A DESIGNER?
A huge strength is being adaptable to style depending on the client’s needs. My greatest weakness is self doubt.
A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
Don’t be too hard on yourself and don’t take yourself too seriously.
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