Scripps Career Pathways: Allison Duda, BSVC ’06, Assistant Art Director at TIME Magazine
Allison graduated from the Scripps College of Communication in 2006 with a degree in visual communication focusing on interactive multimedia. Allison interned at TIME Magazine after graduation and stayed in contact with TIME once the internship was complete. This led her back to TIME magazine years later as the current assistant art director.
What do you do?
I work in between the photo department, the writers and the editors, bringing everything together to layout the page that you see in magazines.
How do you feel your Scripps College of Communication degree has helped you in your career thus far?
I felt the professors were really in tune with my strengths and guided me along the right path.
How did your extra-curricular activities or internship(s) help you with your career?
My internship with TIME Magazine was such a good foundation into the industry. I was a part of The Society for News Design, the student chapter. The SND student chapter organized a field trip to Columbus, and the Columbus Dispatch worked with one of the visual communication classes to produce a page. We were able to have something printed in the newspaper.
What is the most important thing you believe has helped you secure your current position?
Staying in touch with people I met along the way in the industry. In journalism, networking is so important. It is really who you know, meeting people and staying in contact with people you meet. Even on social media, when I do a neat page, I post it on my social media platforms to get my name out there.
What is a typical day like for you in this position?
It changes everyday; we always have to show our designs to be printed to the managing editor. That meeting happens everyday at 12 p.m. where I get my pages looked at. I work closely with the photo department to show them what photos I used. It is a very collaborative environment working with people throughout the day. I am basically working on Adobe InDesign all day.
What is the single most important piece of advice you’d like to give to Scripps students?
Keep a good portfolio. Make sure you keep a good record of your work as you are in school. Having a very nicely designed resume or website close to graduation is important because anything could happen at any moment. It is really important to brand yourself even in college.
- Katie Quinn, social media intern