Katie Lesser

Creative Manager

The Nature Conservancy

Washington DC

What kind of work are you doing now?

I work as an in-house designer for the Nature Conservancy in Washington DC. I design for the organization’s flagship marketing piece, Nature Conservancy magazine. I work closely with the editorial team and digital team to provide art direction and graphic design for both the print and digital editions of the publication.

What is the best thing about being a designer?

Getting to do what I love. I can’t imagine doing anything else at the moment. I love to challenge myself and design allows me to do just that with every new project. Working in a creative environment and collaborating with other designers always keeps me inspired.

How did the graphic design program at SU prepare you for the real world?

It prepared me to be a conceptual designer and to always generate unique and powerful ideas fueled by thought and research. Rigorous training in computer applications and speed in a variety of design applications has been a tremendous asset to working in the real world, especially since I must work quickly and diligently on many types of design projects at the same time.

What are your favorite memories of the graphic design program at SU?

I loved working in the Mac Studio and participating in critiques. Those times always facilitated opportunities for students and professors to discuss design in ways that truly made a contribution to my growth as a graphic designer.

What advice do you have for someone choosing a college design program?

Looking back I was extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to graduate from the SU graphic design program, I’d happily go there again. I would attribute much of my success to the individual attention I received from small class sizes and great professors who work to mold you into something special. I’ve advanced quickly in the profession, and I think my education is a major reason why. The program helped me to discover my passion in life.