Membership Spotlight :: Zach Ulmer


Involvement in AIGA
President of the Radford University AIGA Student Group
Member since October 2010

What attracted you to the design profession? Did you have particular mentors or experiences that opened the door to the profession for you?
I was always interested in learning anything related to the computer as a kid, so I took as many computer classes in high school as I could. I learned basic HTML and CSS and took a publication class which created the school’s yearbook. I loved it. I loved that feeling of creating something on the computer and a few months later receiving the printed material that I could say I created (even if it did not go exactly as planned). I remember a publishing representative brought a brochure of yearbooks that had been given awards to our class. I flipped through that book for hours thinking I’d like to do something design related for a living.

What’s your favorite font?
At the moment, Sentinel, by Hoefler and Frere-Jones is my favorite typeface. It’s the perfect blend of handsome and elegant. And let’s be honest, it’s Clarendon’s cooler older brother. Also, it’s italic and numerals are to die for.

What would people be surprised to know about you?
Most are surprised that I have a twin brother. I went away to study at Radford University while my brother stayed at home and worked on getting a degree from the local community college. It allowed me to make my own way without being compared to someone. I do miss someone always having my back no matter what.

What’s one goal (professional or personal) you have for the future?
I’d like to have a job lined up for when I graduate next fall. I know the type of a business I’d like to work for: a small firm that does both print and web design. I’m interested in a firm that has small numbers but still has a big impact on the design community.

What are you currently working on?
I’ve really been enjoying Radford’s packaging class. Not only do youhave to be a great designer but also an excellent craftsman for mock-ups.  I’ve also been working on some promotional materials for our upcoming spring graphic design show. I’ve had my eye on some Glo-Tone French paper, so hopefully I’ll get to try it out!


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.

By aigacharlotte
Published February 27, 2012