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Adam Bain

Adam Bain (’00 grad)
Art Director, Kids II, Inc. (GA)

“I am currently the Art Director in the Marketing Communications Department at Kids II, Inc., an international infant products company headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia. Kids II designs, manufactures, distributes, and markets baby toys and gear for brands such as Bright Starts, Baby Einstein, and Disney Baby. My main responsibility is the management of a team of 7, which consists of graphic designers, interactive and motion graphics developers, and a traffic manager. Other responsibilities vary depending on the day or the season, but usually involve the creative direction or design of various marketing collateral, promotional materials, online initiatives, national ad campaigns, in-store signage, videos, photoshoots, or international trade fair exhibits.

“After graduating from PCC in 2000, God led me to a small branding/design firm in St. Petersburg, Florida. This was a great experience right out of college, because it was small and I was able to work closely with an industry veteran. This, combined with the need to work in a variety of media, quickly broadened my knowledge of the industry. From there, God opened the door for an opportunity to help grow an art department at a national financial company called Market Street Mortgage in Clearwater, Florida. Market Street allowed me to re-brand the company with a fresh look, new logo and the addition of many innovative marketing initiatives. I was responsible for the implementation of the new brand, as well as the creative work produced by a team of 6 designers. Our work included all corporate, marketing & sales collateral, event design, online initiatives, videos, and environmental signage for our 100-plus office locations and more than 300 independent sales associates. In 2007, God began to make it clear that it was time for us to move on, and shortly thereafter the opportunity at Kids II opened up.

“Over the last 10 years, I have had the fortunate experience of receiving various industry design awards, internal company awards for creativity and leadership, and to see the work of designers under my direction awarded and published in design publications. The most notable experience since graduating from PCC was an opportunity I was given this past year to design and direct the production of a 3,600 sq. ft. trade fair exhibit for my company for a Juvenile Products Toy Fair in Cologne, Germany. The budget was very large and the design and development process took over 8 months. The exhibit displayed more than 300 baby gear and toys that Kids II produces and involved hundreds of pieces and parts that I was responsible for either designing, directing, or managing. It included a variety of product displays, large scale graphics, interactive kiosks, meeting spaces, lounge areas, a kitchen, hundreds of feet of trussing and stage lighting, and featured a 13-foot-high waterwall at the center of the exhibit. In addition to the exhibit itself, my team was responsible for all of the printed collateral, graphics, video, and interactive content that went into the booth. The project led me to London, England, for the supervision of the booth construction and ultimately to Cologne, Germany, for the show itself. The training that I received at PCC gave me the foundation and the discipline that was necessary to accomplish a task of this magnitude.

“The variety of media that I learned at PCC, from the fundamentals of art and design courses to the portfolio preparation and presentation training, all prepared me with a broad understanding of the field. PCC’s training gave me the ability to take constructive feedback and use it to improve my work and make it more effective. In addition to the art training, the biblical influence that is part of everything at PCC encouraged the growth of personal character, integrity, self-discipline, and leadership.

“Learning the foundational elements of design, drawing, type, color, composition, and photography from the beginning of my studies at PCC gave me a solid foundation of creative principles that I have been able to build on throughout my career. These fundamental components of art and design are the same in just about any form of media, and they give me the basis that is required to create a creative, well-designed, and effective communication piece.

Ryan Sigler

Ryan Sigler (’02 grad)
Production Manager/Prepress Manager, TKM Print Solutions (OH)

“TKM Print Solutions is a startup company that is 3 years old now, and I was the first main employee. I process all incoming artwork for large format, UV flatbed printers, and also a large format roll printer. I manage all color corrections and print layouts for all files that come in. Some of our current clients are GE, Hershey’s, Philips, Logitech, Tire Kingdom, KFC, and many more. My favorite part of this position is the combination of doing artwork, but yet keeping my ‘hands dirty’ so to speak with operating the machines and repairing them.

“PCC gave me enough knowledge to begin my first job as the only graphic designer for a major corporation that is now part of American Standard Brands. Right from the start I was outsourcing printing and writing purchase orders, as well as designing cartons, point-of-purchase displays, brochures, etc. that are still seen in every Lowe’s Home Improvement center across the U.S. and Canada.”

Scott Metzger

Scott Metzger (’06 grad)
Graphic Designer, Faith Baptist Church Publications and Printing (FL)

“As a Graphic Designer/Printer, my daily responsibilities include the digital printing of book blocks, covers, prayer cards, brochures, etc. I design book covers, prayer cards, and brochures, and also handle some of the layout of the books. My favorite part is seeing my designs on media going throughout the world.

“PCC’s classes prepared me with fundamentals that I use every day, and hands-on experience for design ideas. The training that I value most I received in art classes such as Drawing I, which taught the importance of contrast and focal points.”

Matthew Maners (’93 grad)
Senior Character Animator, Brainzoo Studios (CA)

“At Brainzoo Studios, we are currently working on a not-yet-released game title for the Sony Playstation. Brainzoo Studios is responsible for all of the cinematics of the game, the scenes between any of the game play that advances the story. My daily responsibilities are to communicate with the animation director and to review storyboards and animatics so I can then animate the characters with the appropriate action and style that is needed for a shot or series of shots. Once I have a plan laid out, I then begin to animate.

“My favorite part of the art field is working within the animation industry. I have met and worked with so many of the artists I read about when I was a kid. I love to animate, though just sitting down and drawing or using a computer to make something come alive is still as fascinating as it was when I was a kid.

“PCC as a whole was where I learned to manage my time, which has spilled over to many parts of my life, including work. Assignments were given, and there was a timeline to do them, and it was up to me to learn to do things well within a given amount of time. I also would like to say that Brian Jekel was very inspirational to me. He was an amazing teacher who drew alongside his students, and being able to watch him draw was very inspiring.

“After PCC, I attended Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio. I went there to be in their animation program. I was there for only one year. While there, I was offered jobs at Disney and Warner Bros. I took the job from Warner Bros. and moved to Los Angeles, California. To date I have animated on twelve feature films, many animated television programs, and around six commercials.”

Annie Harvey

Annie Harvey (’07 grad)
Graphic Designer, Metroland Media (Canada)

“I am an ad compositor and facilitator. My responsibilities include creating ads for multiple publications including newspapers, magazines, and promotional materials, as well as layout design and execution of those publications. God placed me within this company years ago when I was looking for my junior year internship placement. I get to use my creative flair everyday, as well as work with graphics and colors. I love the rush of meeting deadlines and working as a team with the others in my department.

“Without my PCC training, I would feel inadequate to fulfill the tasks I am faced with everyday. I so often use the tools I learned in design classes to create advertising that clients love. The advice and nurturing each teacher provided will never leave me. Their investment in my career is so valuable to me.”

Shannon Gaines

Shannon Gaines (’03 Commercial Art grad)
Co-Owner/Designer, NoNonsense Design (VA)

“I am the co-owner of a small graphic and website design company created to help churches with their marketing. I started this business with my brother in early 2010. After serving for two years on staff at a church, my husband Dustin felt called into Christian law. During that time, I was the church’s graphic designer and also freelanced for other churches. But then I found myself in a position to need to bring in more money to support my husband as he attends law school. That is how NoNonsense Design began.

“Being a designer for churches is so exciting. I get to design for conferences, promotional materials for all seasons, websites, as well as teen and youth events. I am not ‘stuck in a box’ of design styles.

“At PCC, I learned to work hard, not only as an artist but in every area of my life. When I was in college, I never dreamed I would be starting a company and selling my products. My teachers were wonderful. I know I was never the most talented student they had, but they were patient with me and constantly instilled the idea of using our talents for ministry.”

Tim Kardamis (’06 grad)
Print and Interactive Media Designer, A.M. Design Group (OH)

“A.M. Design Group is a graphic design studio that does print and Web design. We have quite a few clients, including several large ones. As a Print and Interactive Media Designer, I do creative work, design and layout, and manage clients. Our studio is set up differently than a lot of studios, in that most have ‘Account Managers.’ But here, part of my job is to manage my own clients and accounts. It’s great experience, as I not only get to do creative design work, but I get to develop business relationships with my clients while I work directly with them on projects.

“PCC did a great job laying a foundation. Of course, we learned the [design] programs and did projects, but understanding the traditional principles of art and design was extremely important. I’m so glad I got a good base in traditional art history and philosophy, as well as design and principles of design. Programs and technology are constantly changing, but having a good foundation is key.”

Megan Hallquist

Megan Hallquist (’03 Commercial Art grad; ’05 MA)
Graphic Designer, PBM Products (Perrigo Company) (VA)

“I am a graphic designer for PBM Products, which was recently acquired by Perrigo Company, the world’s largest manufacturer of over-the-counter pharmaceutical products for the store brand market. My position involves creating packaging and corresponding marketing materials for store brand infant formulas, foods, and pediatric and adult nutritionals. I have worked with the store brands for Walmart, Target, Sam’s Club, Kroger, and many others. I have also worked with brands from other countries including Mexico, Canada, China, and Vietnam. Some of the greatest opportunities I have had with my job is to see ads that I have created from concept to final product appear in national publications such as USA Today, Parenting Magazine, BabyTalk, and American Baby.

“PCC gave me a great foundation for the field of graphic design. All the classes had valuable knowledge to help me hone my skills as a designer. I have also learned to appreciate the work ethic and comprehensive skills the classes at PCC gave me. Each class I took had valuable information that I have used on the job.”

Shannon Gaines

Shane Wheeles (’93 Commercial Art grad)
Graphic Arts Specialist, Russell Printing & Design (AL)

“I am a Graphic Arts Specialist for Russell Printing & Design, encompassing Spalding, Russell Athletic, Mossy Oak Apparel, Bike Athletic, Huffy Sports, and Russell Lands on Lake Martin. My responsibilities include brand identity design such as logos, signage, promotions, packaging, web design, billboards, and more, as well as layout design such as magazines, brochures, flyers, CD booklets, and posters. My favorite aspect of working in the design field is the lack of monotony and the opportunity for creative expression. Each job is different and unique, which allows me to step outside the parameters of basic design.

“Upon graduating from PCC in 1993, I prayerfully sought God’s guidance in directing my career path. This eventually led to the graphic art market in Alabama. Over the past few years, I have had the opportunity to utilize my training and experience in various community projects and contests. For example, I was invited to speak for the past two years at our local high school’s Career Day in order to promote commercial art to students interested in possibly pursuing it as a profession one day. It gave me the chance to display some of my most successful projects and answer questions about the coursework and skills necessary to carry out my daily responsibilities. Overall, I’ve been able to work in a field that I enjoy while building a connection with my community.

“The experience and knowledge that I gained at PCC helped prepare me for the challenges of the graphic design field. Along with instilling within me a strong work ethic, PCC provided the foundation on which I could build a successful career. The education that I received from the Commercial Art program at PCC was the foundation and the most valuable part of my successful graphic design career. Although I had natural talent for design, there are certain skills and abilities necessary in any graphic design role. For the most part, the only place to learn these skills is through education, which was provided by PCC’s excellent art program.”

Nera Polkinghorn

Nera Polkinghorn (’03 grad; ’05 MA)
Graphic Designer, Rose Aircraft Services (AR)

“My daily responsibilities include updating Web info, working on direct marketing campaigns, and getting ready for major airplane conventions. I completed two internships with the company, and after I graduated with my master’s, I was asked to work there permanently, which I gladly accepted. My favorite part is that I get to be creative every day and make good use of my bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

“PCC prepared me well with several aspects such as having a good critical eye for design in general, as well as preparing and delivering projects in a timely manner. I think one of the most valuable lessons was to be professional no matter what, as that makes a lasting impression on clients.”

Wes Cromer (’99 grad; ’01 MA)
Owner, WCI Graphics (NC)

“The name of my company is WCI Graphics. We are a full-service graphic design firm and print shop, offering services in design and printing from business cards to graphics for buses—all in-house. My duties are to oversee all jobs and monitor their progress on a daily basis. Not only do I oversee the process from concept to completion, but I also manage all marketing for the client, as well as for the company.

“The most important thing I received from my training at PCC was the ability to navigate through the design applications. The training on those applications has made my career much easier than others from other institutions.”

Ryan Mellody

Ryan Mellody (’04 Commercial Art grad)
Art Director/Designer, IBM (NY)

“I currently design for the Cloud Computing initiatives within IBM. This includes Web and application design, as well as supporting collateral. My role also includes designing for ibm.com, and art directing for marketing videos and campaigns. It is a job that requires a passion for the way things look and how to properly communicate. Because this passion is a necessity for creating good work, a side effect is enjoying the projects and wanting to create superior designs—making the job a little less like work.

“PCC’s education didn’t just teach me software like Photoshop or InDesign, but it gave me the ability to develop an eye for design. Anyone can learn a program, but a real designer isn’t constrained by a program, but can design with any tool. A direct effect of the training at PCC was the ability to work in the Publishing department of A Beka Book. My experience and portfolio pieces from that job gave me the credibility to enter the work environment. That previous job gave me a jump-start and advanced my career to the level of others who had been in the industry for years.”