Laura Knight is a junior graphic design student at UNC Charlotte. Currently, she spends her time scheming escapades in the creative world as president of the AIGA UNC Charlotte student group and as a freelance designer. Her passion is driven by beautifully honest solutions that edify others and are rooted in relevance.
How and why did you get involved with AIGA? Approximately how long have you been involved with the organization?
When I first transferred to UNC Charlotte from CPCC I was looking for a strong design community to get involved with. After attending UNC Charlotte for a semester I met Adam Iscrupe, the founder of the AIGA UNC Charlotte student group, who introduced me to AIGA. I knew that as a designer I had a lot to learn (and still do) but I knew that I needed the influence and wisdom of others. After one semester I became the 2011 president and have been doing it since, and was involved in the AIGA Charlotte mentorship program. Since then my abilities have abounded and my passion has become even more ablaze.
What’s your favorite font?
So, despite the fact that it has escaped the jail bird Martha Stewart and fallen into the hands of a big wig bank, I would have to say that one of my favorite font families is Archer. It is a friendly, yet sophisticated, typeface with a balance of curves and geometry making it extremely versatile. The ball terminals are what first captured my eye; not too flamboyant yet just enough to give it an attractive personality.
What’s your proudest accomplishment?
This past year was incredible. One of my proudest accomplishments includes fostering growth and expectations for the AIGA Charlotte student group, as well being Associate Editor In Chief of the Sanskrit Literary-Arts Magazine book. During my AIGA UNCC student group presidency we created a phenomenal design gallery exhibition at the Design Center, served the non-profit organization Arts For Life with my group, led several studio tours, organized guest speakers and helped increase student membership. In the midst of all this I was also honored with Best of Show, and a gold and silver at the ADDY awards in the student category.
What are you currently working on?
I wouldn’t necessarily call it work, but I am learning to relax and enjoy the people I love and creativity for what it is. After an extremely busy year, I am currently teaching myself how to balance and find refreshment in the simple things.
What sound or noise do you love?
The pure sounds of the acoustic guitar always soothe my soul. There is something about the raw chords unadulterated by other instruments. This adoration formulated during my childhood years as I sat and listened to my father prepare worship for Sunday mornings. The sounds of an acoustic guitar are malleable and have the ability to perform a wide range of music; and when united with other elements creates an unforgettable experience. It is the instrument used to set a mood, a tone, and drives the piece, much like a well rounded concept within design.
About AIGA Charlotte’s Member Spotlight
Each month AIGA Charlotte interviews a selected AIGA Charlotte Member. It is a great opportunity for the Charlotte design community to see who AIGA Charlotte is along with all the amazing things our members are doing. If you or someone you know would like to be interviewed and appear on AIGA Charlotte’s Member Spotlight, please contact Kevin Brindley, Membership Director.