Career and Technical Education (CTE) of St. Johns County

Nease Digital Design Students Learn Client-Based Design Process

Digital Design 1 students, part of the Communications Academy at Nease, recently had the opportunity to get some insight into the life of a professional graphic designer.  Katy Hoffstatter, Associate Yearbook Representative with Herff Jones (a Nease Advisory Board Business Partner), spent the morning in our Design classroom.  She shared her professional path, from working on her high school yearbook, to majoring in Communications at Flagler College, to an internship and then jobs in the design industry, which led her to what she calls her dream job: helping students design yearbooks across south Georgia and North Florida.  Katy shared that she uses several different software platforms, many within the Adobe Creative Suite, which the Academy students learn and get certified in during their time in the program.  She also walked students through the design process when working with a client.  She showed students the “inspo” sent by the client, then her design concepts, and then the final design that the client selected.  This was fantastic insight for the students! Finally, she answered questions from the students, which covered a range of topics related to the design and yearbook industries.  Thank you, Katy, for spending the morning with our Digital Design students!