Shaylyn Berlew

Graphic Designer

McMillian + Furlow

Brooklyn, NY

What kind of work are you doing now?

I’m a designer at McMillian + Furlow, a full-service design firm in Brooklyn, New York. Our clients run the gamut from local businesses and non-profit organizations to large corporations, and our range of services include creating visual identities, web design, packaging, and social media marketing campaigns.

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What is the best thing about being a designer?

I really just love being surrounded by other creative minds, and doing something I’m genuinely passionate about every day. Helping clients achieve their respective goals is always a unique and rewarding challenge, and being able to channel my abilities towards these tangible objectives is incredibly fulfilling.

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

SU’s demanding design curriculum emphasized the importance of working quickly, multitasking, creating projects that you’re proud of, and being able to handle and learn from criticism. I apply what I learned at Susquehanna on a daily basis, and as a recent college graduate, I couldn’t have been more prepared for the “real world.”

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

I made some amazing friendships through our program, and whenever we get together we inevitably end up reminiscing about those countless, crazy late nights in the Mac lab that brought us together. There’s a genuine sense of community throughout the department, and having all of my classmates and teachers for creative and moral support really made the experience unforgettable.

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

Not all design programs are created equally. Make sure you do some serious research before deciding which one’s right for you. Seek out design inspiration constantly, as well as knowledge of popular culture, both past and present. Design and advertising aren’t fields that welcome slackers, so be prepared to work really hard. Fully commit yourself to whatever it is that you’re doing. Trust me, it’s much more fun that way.

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