Introducing a new style as designer

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Fatima Alvarado, Designer

Design has many contributions to the world, much more in the field of journalism. Though it may seem like the last little detail to any publication, it is the structure of a clean-cut or personalized product.  

The organization, use of colors and placement of graphics are all important to catch the attention of the audience. Whether it be for an advertisement on social media, or a modern magazine, designers tend to put their own personal take on what is seen daily.  

Being able to create any type of design has always been a part of my life. From learning how to graphically create three-dimensional figures in fourth grade, designing clothes my freshman year of high school, and being able to create my senior yearbook as editor in chief that year, design has followed me wherever I go.

Taking classes in order to master the concepts of design throughout grade school allowed me to understand and grow into a deeper love for it. This field of design tends to allow a platform for ingenious ideas to be freely expressed for readers and the audience to enjoy.  

As a freshman majoring in communication at UTEP, my end goal is to hopefully go into the journalism field as a reporter.  

Although design has been a big part of my life, my passion has always been being able to listen to people and make sure that their voices are heard. Media has taken a big part of what we learn and use in society. That is why I feel it is crucial to learn the full truth, connect to it and be able to share it with those around you.

I was a part of the Pebble Hills High School yearbook staff all four years  where I not only learned how to use my voice but was able to contribute my ideas in design and get critiques where I learned what was more approachable rather than the use of different fonts and colors for every page. 

From a young age, I was taught to love music. My parents would buy albums and DVDs filled with cartoon animals who would dance to classical music. Since then, I have always tried to grow my love for music, before falling in love with journalism, I had aspired to be an opera singer. I joined every choir I could, where I met most of my best friends and found my competitive side.  My favorite artists are Rex Orange County and Harry Styles, both of whom have contributed to my love of extra detail whether in clothing or in my designs. 

Art has always been something that I will always be able to appreciate. I have grown an interest in painting, where I have learned how to use color theory and the importance of lines and shade values when it comes to creating. Although I have yet to grow out of my expertise of painting cows on flower fields, I hope to learn more about how it intertwines with design.  

As a freshman, it has not been easy to adjust to these new and somewhat unsettling changes. I am so lucky to be a part of such a welcoming group of people with the same interests. I am so honored to be able to contribute my ideas to The Prospector. I hope to continue to share my creativity through this opportunity as the new designer.

Fatima Alvarado is the layout editor and may be reached at [email protected]