About Jocelyn Stodola
The short and sweet version: I am a graphic designer based out of Vancouver who specializes in print design and layout.
- When did you choose the graphic design career path?
When I was little I loved any kind of arts and crafts so when I got older I transferred them from paper onto the computer. I always made my birthday invitations and my thank you cards in CorelDraw and made coupons for presents for my family. In highschool I took as many "info tech" courses as my small school offered and then started helping my dad out at our family owned newspaper. I did ad layouts for him and a bunch of odd jobs for my grandpa. It was then that I realized I wanted to make a career out of this.
- How did you become a graphic designer?
I applied and was accepted into the Centre for Arts and Technology Okanagan in the Graphic and Digital Media Design program. Honestly, I didn't really know what I was getting myself into or what to expect but now that I'm done my 18 months of school, I obtained more knowledge than I bargained for.
- In the past, what was your favorite project and why?
I enjoyed a magazine fashion spread photo shoot I did for an assignment. I was the creative director. I liked being able to direct a photographer and models in order to get the vision I had in my head.
- What software do you have experience using?
In school I learned all the programs in the Adobe Creative Suite. I also know CorelDraw from my childhood and working with my dad. And of course I'm proficient in Microsoft Office.
- What’s your favourite programming language?
HTML and CSS by far. I think because they were the first languages I learned; I've enjoyed using them ever since. On the other hand, one can do some pretty amazing things with ActionScript.
- Where do you go for inspiration?
The first website I go to is www.creattica.com; it has a little bit of everything. For logos I like www.logopond.com and for web design I go to www.themeforest.com. I also find Smashing Magazine to be an awesome resource as well.
- If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take 3 fonts with you, which fonts would you take and why?
The first would be Gill Sans MT. For some reason it has been my favourite sans serif, paragraph text font ever since I started designing. The second would be Yorkville; it's the font I use in my logo and I believe it is very "me". And lastly I think I would take Century Gothic. It's just so clean and simple, just the way I like it.
- What do you enjoy most about being a graphic designer?
I love seeing my completed visions and creations on paper or on screen and then seeing the client's reaction and getting their approval.
- What's the most challenging part of your work?
Getting the first initial ideas. Once those come, the rest usually falls into place. Working with clients can also be a challenge.
- What do you love about design?
Being able to tell a story with colours, shapes and fonts. You can take something so boring and flat then turn it into a piece of art, a statement.
- When you are not designing behind the computer, what do you enjoy doing to step away for a while?
Music! I have a piano sitting 10 feet away from my computer desk. If I need a breather I take a seat there. It puts my mind in a completely different focus and gets my creativity flowing again. Not to mention, it just puts me in a better mood.
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Normally I'm a planner and this would be an easy question, but lately I have no idea where I I see myself in 5 years. I know one day I want to be a creative director of a graphic design company, preferably one that specializes in music. Until then though, I'm going to take on any kind of venture that teaches me relevant hands on experience as well as industry knowledge. I will have gone on a life adventure of some sort and I will be settled into and enjoying my surroundings wherever they may be.
I provide a wide range of design services from branding to photo editing. Have a read below to see what I can do for you.
- Logo Design
- Business Cards
Musician Press Kits
- CD Labels & Packaging
- Event Tickets
- Greeting Cards
- Magazine Layouts
- Rack Cards
- Photo Touchups & Edits
- Photo Resoration
- Vector Art
- Digital Painting