Thriving in design at Harper College and beyond


I am so appreciative of the Harper GRA program. The curriculum taught me real world design processes that I would need to know in order to thrive in the printing industry, all of which I utilize daily in my career.

I can't stress enough how thankful I am for this program. Patty Bruner is a stickler about folder organization, but when I started at my new job, they used the exact same process  I learned in school so that gave me a good first impression with my boss. Receiving files without links and fonts and trying to track them down from clients can be a nightmare. Be ahead of the game and impress your colleagues with print ready files. 

Never think you won't use a tool or application that you learned in school! I didn't think I'd see gradient mesh again until I had a file from a client that had it and they didn't have the abilities to change a color of portion of the image. My manager in prepress had never had to deal with gradient mesh in his almost 20 years of print. It was rewarding as a newbie to be able to save the day for this client and once again impress my colleagues with my capabilities as a designer.  

Also, I get the benefit of working with the finishing side of projects as well. I work with a stitching machine that helps with saddle stitched books. I use the cutter for trimming pages as well as our iCutter for die cutting intricate shapes. 

Let's get started.

Learn more about the graphic arts program at Harper College and get started today. 

Last Updated: 5/10/22