UC Student Employee Eradio Gomez has worked at the University Center for more than 2 years. It was only recently, however that the skills he’s honed working as a UC graphic designer gave him the opportunity to bid on a major design job.
While perusing freelance marketing opportunities on Craig’s List he learned of an opportunity to design some packaging concepts for a new consumer food product. He reached out to the contact and submitted some of the design work he had done while working at the UC. Eradio was invited to bid on the project, which could pay up to $1,500.
“I was able to work with my supervisor to get advice on how to structure a design proposal and used my poster samples to showcase my skills,” Eradio said.
Discussions with the design client for the package design are ongoing have not been finalized, but going through the process encouraged Eradio to consider other freelance projects in the future. “The design experience and training in client service I received while working as a designer for the UC definitely helped me in being competitive for this opportunity,” Eradio said.
The UC employs three students as graphic designers. They create advertisements for University Center Program Council events and other UC events as needed. In addition to design duties they also photograph products, finish documents (printing, trimming, lamination), and occasionally write copy. Benjamin Arce, a UTSA graduate, was previously the UC student graphic design manager. He graduated last spring and found work full-time in a local sign-shop before graduation due, in part, to his work designing posters for the UC.