Student Spotlight

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Julius Lim

Posted on February 19, 2020 

“Follow your passion early on in life”

What area are you specializing in within Visual Communications?The areas of study I’m specializing in are Graphic Design and Product Photography.

What inspired you to pursue a career in Visual Communications?
I’ve been an amateur photographer for ten years now. I’ve only recently started to take it more seriously by taking photography classes in Ivy Tech. My interest in photography naturally led me to pursue graphic design as well, as both career paths complement each other very well. I’ve also found that typography is one of myfavorite fields of design that I’ve studied.

When will you graduate? What do you plan to do after graduation?
If all goes well, I will graduate in the spring of 2020.I plan to go into the field of design, with a portfoliofocusing on product photography, print and electronic layout, and advertising.

What is/was your favorite class and why?
My favorite class so far has been Field Photography.It was a great experience to be able to go to different state parks, botanical gardens, and other locales with a group of like-minded people, and of course, our instructor Craig Sheaks, who helped us understand the difficulties and hard work involved in hiking through canyons, mud, and the occasional thunderstorm just to capture the perfect moment in a photograph.

How much time do you spend studying outside of class? Where is your favorite place to study? to share?
The last thing I want to share is to build connections and engage with your instructors.They are a veritable fount of knowledge and wisdom, and the resources theyprovide can benefit through your schooling and beyond.

I spend a lot of time studying outside of class.As the courses get more in-depth, there’s less instructional hand-holding in class, as you’re expected to work on projects at home or during lab time. My favorite place to study is our photography studio or at home. I would strongly suggest an Adobe student subscription to any prospective Visual Communications students as its really helpful to be able to work on projects at home.

What high school did you attend and if appropriate what kinds of classes prepared you for success in Visual Communications?
I went toWhitneyYoung High School in Chicago.In high school, my interests lay more in math and the sciences, and those interests changed later in life when I started attending Ivy Tech.

Who is your favorite artist and why?
My favorite photographer is Andreas Gursky, a German photographer who at one point held the record for the most expensive photograph ever sold. He specializes in large format photographs that when displayed, fill up entire walls. He is one of the first photographers to embrace digital manipulation in the early 90s, and his images comment on consumerism, industrialization, and man’s effect on the natural world.

Do you have any advice for your fellow designers/artists? Life Quote?
My advice is to follow your passion early on in life. I tried to follow a path that was laid out for me instead of recognizing what I really wanted to do, and I regret that it took me till later in life to go back to school intoa field that really excites me.

Is there anything else you wish to share?
The last thing I want to share is to build connections and engage with your instructors.They are a veritable fount of knowledge and wisdom, and the resources theyprovide can benefit through your schooling and beyond.