Year Graduated: 2019
Amanda Finstrom is graduating with a Bachelors of fine arts in graphic design from the University of South Dakota. Throughout her time at USD she has been involved in many community groups, teaching art classes at the Vermillion Public Library, Austin Elementary, and Washington Street Arts Center. Being a graphic designer has given her the opportunity to do freelance work outside of her classwork and connect with the community. As an upcoming graduate of USD, Amanda plans to move down to the Arizona area and begin her career as a graphic designer in the area of UI/UX and branding.
I have been interested in the fine arts ever since I was in elementary school. Entering college, I knew I wanted to lead on a similar path. Graphic design has a diverse range of paths I can explore and also allows a creative outlet beyond the screen. Passionate about the correlation of the physical and digital experience, my work explores dendrology and how external factors impact the lifespan of a tree. I delve into the process of exposed tree rings and how time impacts organic elements. Acknowledging the influence society has on the development of trees, my work displays progression of the industrial footprint. Always interested in the environmental impacts of present day today, I am driven to make a green mark through my work. Focusing on the experience, my motivation and purpose is guided through the positive impacts my work has on people and the world. Whether it be for myself or other individuals, knowing my work has brought joy and meaning is the motivation of my calling as a graphic designer.