Studying to Become a Magazine Designer

by Sessions Staff | March 25, 2015

Devyn Ehler
Phoenix, AZ
Associate of Occupational Studies in Graphic Design 

Our featured student for March is Devyn Ehler who’s just down the road in Phoenix, Arizona.  A terrific student with wonderful work, Devyn is now halfway to earning an AOS Degree in Graphic Design.

Q: What made you pursue Graphic Design?

I decided to pursue Graphic Design because I have always been a really creative person and I knew that studying design would be a good way to harness that creativity. I want to turn it into something that I can use to aid businesses and people in becoming who they have always dreamed of.

At the same time, I want to be able to master all that I needed to in order to make my art everything that I have ever dreamed of. I have really grown to fall in love with the art of graphic design.


Q: Why did you choose to study online at Sessions College?

I was primarily researching online schools and my search brought me to Sessions College. I was very impressed by the student work that I had seen on the website. I was absolutely impressed by the level of work that had been shown and I wanted to be able to see my work on your website one day, too. The ease of enrolling in classes and the amount that I have learned on this journey has really made me so glad that I had found Sessions.

Q: What’s the most fun or enjoyable project you’ve worked on?

I really love and magazines or books, so those projects have always been my favorite to work on. I think my favorite assignment in my Sessions courses thus far has been the Phasion Magazine cover and spread, from the Graphic Design I course. It was really fun being able to design the face of the magazine and show that I can design in a high-fashion world. I enjoyed imagining my magazine sitting on a shelf at the store, and it’s ideas like this that make me continue on even when I am struggling through.


Q: How do you manage program deadlines alongside your work, family, or other commitments?

I would say that this is the most difficult part of being school. I have a full-time job and I am often very tired when I get home. The idea that the further I get in my schooling, the closer I am to my dream job helps me stay motivated. I know that all of this work will mean so much in the long run. I will be able to create a company’s standing personality and hopefully become a mind that young designers can look up to while they are going through their own schooling.

Q: What is the biggest difference you’ve seen in your work since you’ve started with Sessions?

I feel like I have truly progressed. I am often embarrassed by some of my earlier pieces, and I now I am sure many of my family members are sick of me prancing around and showing them my newest projects out of excitement. I feel like in my time at Sessions I have shown a lot more maturity in my work and it really makes me proud of my decision to start my schooling here.


Q: Describe your goals on graduating from the program.

After graduation I hope to begin working in design full-time. I want to be able to start paving my way into a solid career. I also plan on finishing a bachelors after graduating from this program. Hopefully I can move on up to my main goal of working for a magazine! We’ve all gotta dream big, don’t we?

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