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Specs Howard Grad Story: Steve Linville

Posted on Fri, Dec 28, 2012


Originally working in automotive electronics, Steve knew that with economic changes he wanted to pursue something that made him happy. He always wanted to do something creative, so the Graphic Design program was a natural next step. As a Specs student he says that “from idea conceptualization to constructive criticism of my work, I felt like I was in a real-world career situation in class.” Now Steve works on the Custom Projects team at Fathead where he creates large scale murals, displays, and designs for universities, corporations, and various events. Everyday is different and Steve wouldn’t have it any other way.

How has Specs Howard prepared you for the workforce?
Specs Howard introduced me to many areas of graphic design and creative thinking. The courses ran as though you were in a real-world career position from Creative thinking, conceptualization, and constructive criticism to general opinions and possible outcomes of your designs.

How did you get started working where you are now?
I applied; I built a portfolio from freelance work, internships and while working in the Design Center at General Motors. I continuously strive to make every single thing I did as perfect (a relative term) as possible. I never want to present something I am unhappy with – so I made absolute certain I only presented my best work while trying to show a range of different material.

What do you do on a day-to-day basis?
I am on the Custom Projects team, concepting, sketching, dreaming, creating large scale murals, displays and designs for colleges, universities, corporations, events and various other organizations. Everyday is different.

What do you love most about your job?
There are many things I love - Being able to create something from nothing, working with an awesome team, the environment in general. I have created for various universities, major Detroit events and well-known businesses around the area.



Topics: Specs Grads, Graphic Design, Interview, fathead detroit, graphic grads, design detroit

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