IF YOU READ THIS BLOG AT ALL, you know that Chicago Portfolio School often interviews alumni for the “What’s in my office Thursday” segment. Which is wonderful! But, wouldn’t it also be wonderful to hear from CPS students while they’re still in school?
I present to you (drumroll please)… the first ever CPS student profile.
Today’s “interview” features Alina Greab, a 2nd Quarter Designer:
Me: Tell me a bit about yourself.
Alina: I was born in Romania and moved here with my family when I was 5 because we won the lottery.
Me: The money lottery?
Alina: No, no, no – Literally, we won the chance to come to America. We all got green cards.
Me: OoOoOh. I gotcha.
Alina: So we came here and I’ve been awesome ever since.
Me: TRUE DAT, yo. Where did you go to college?
Alina: I went to University of Illinois in Chicago and majored in marketing and spanish.
Me: So what brought you to CPS after graduating?
Alina: The bars. HA, just kidding. I was in yearbook club in high school, so I’ve always had graphic design in the back of my mind. But I’m an idiot and didn’t major in it, so CPS seemed like the best thing to do next.
Me: Right. Do you have a favorite project you’ve worked on in school so far?
Alina: Yeah! Last quarter I was in a “Basic Logo” class and we had to redesign the logo for Sultan’s market, a fast food Mediterranean place in Chicago. We worked on our logos the whole quarter and it was exciting to see them grow.
Me: So what would you say the logo is supposed to be of?
Alina: It’s supposed to be some sort of onion… but it also alludes to Muslim architecture because it’s dome – shaped, like the Taj Mahal. It also is reminiscent of flames… cooking uses flames, ya dig?
Me: I dig! Thanks. Before you leave for class, do you have any tips you want to leave for new/future students?
Alina: Yeah. I think what’s so great about portfolio school is the constant feedback you get from amazing people in the industry. So just really listen to them and take it all into consideration. It only helps your work get better.
Interview by: Amanda Burger