As a junior in graphic design at Iowa State University, I have learned that if you have persistence, an adventurous imagination, and a sketchbook that never leaves your side, you have all you need to enter the world of design.
I have been fortunate to have lived my life with no problem of finding a roof to cover my head, and the facts about homelessness are a rude awakening. Knowing that there are people living on the streets, I cannot simply choose to turn a blind eye. With a designer's heart for human trafficking victims and the homeless, I seek to help people through art. Design should not be stagnant, it should produce onward thinking.
KNO Clothing is a company that provides me with inspiration. Through my internship, I am learning more and more about the homeless population in the United States and the troubles that surround them. I am gaining a new perspective on what it means to always have a roof over my head. I know that so often I take this for granted. The awareness of what is happening nationally and globally in homeless communities has awakened an urgency in me.
I am excited to be working for KNO Clothing, and I am looking forward to designing to support such a need as this!
About the author: Emily is the KNO Creative and Design Associate for Spring 2012. She studies Graphic Design at Iowa State University.