As PDG+creative's Senior Designer, Natalie Turner has not only developed a keen understanding of the advertising industry, but has figured out how to have fun with it. While we all know she rocks at Adobe Creative Suite, not everybody gets to see the person behind the ad, poster, or billboard. I got the opportunity of hanging out with Natalie after hours (fishing at her suggestion) to find out more about her role as a graphic designer, some of her favorite hobbies, and more.
In one sentence, tell us what inspired you to become a graphic designer.
I wanted to tell stories and design gives you a voice.
As a designer with seven years of experience, where have you been and where are you going?
Somewhere in the middle of my degree, I realized the power that lies in graphic design. Marketing reflects the culture you live in, able to influence what is funny, what people think of themselves, what is morally acceptable…At PDG, we're a part of that influence, and my ambition as a designer now is to advance positive ideas and give my worldview a platform.
Apart from work, what do you enjoy most?
Well, aside from hunting and fishing, I get to do what I feel like I was put on this earth to do. I lead my church's youth group in worship twice a week. Not only do I get to teach kids, but I get the chance to serve with them and learn from them!
What are your favorites…movies, bands, food?
I usually have a top ten or twenty for those kind of things. I love Braveheart, Gladiator, and Hunger Games. If by favorite you mean the last concert I went to or most frequently played on my iPod, then Rend Collective Experiment. Food? Can I just say meat? I really like Southern food, Indian, and Greek food is really good too.
What kind of advice would you give to an aspiring graphic designer?
Never put yourself in an environment where you're afraid to fail. Everybody fails, and it's healthy! Don't stop learning, push yourself, and most importantly, stay true to who you are. How do you stay honest? There are jobs we haven't taken, because I could not have done it in good conscience. Serve your clients while clinging to what's true, and while it may sound like a fine line, it really isn't.