Inaugural AIGA Philadelphia Design Continuum Scholarship awarded to Kaci Kwiatek
AIGA Philadelphia is
proud to announce the recipient of the inaugural AIGA Philadelphia Design
Continuum Scholarship. The 2018 Design Continuum Scholarship awardee is Kaci
Kwiatek a rising senior at Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts
& Design majoring in graphic design. The scholarship was established in
memory of Edward M. Murphy, the father of past chapter president and AIGA
Fellow, Rosemary Murphy.
Philadelphia Design Continuum Fund has been established as an annual
scholarship program that supports local Philadelphia-area graphic design
students through the award of financial assistance to pursue their education.
With this scholarship AIGA Philadelphia hopes to build upon the foundation of
community evident in the Philadelphia Chapter to provide a young designer the
opportunity to share their vision with the world. The recipient is chosen on
the merits of their application and demonstration of need.
Kaci Kwiatek and her two sisters were adopted from China as babies. Raised by a single mother after the death of her father when she was 10, she appreciates the challenges life presents and the support necessary to overcome them. She chose Philadelphia to study so she could experience living in a big city after growing up in Mill Hill, Pennsylvania.
Kaci aspires to
visually communicate design experiences that will one day leave the world a
happier and better-designed place.
Q + A with Kaci
Fun Fact #1: It is
easy to envision a family logotype since all family members have names
beginning with the letter K, even Kaci’s parents, Kurt and Kim, and her cat
Fun Fact #2:
Kwiatek means “little flower” in Polish
Would you like to share more
about your family or personal story?
I was little, I wanted to be an artist – I got so many of those little kid art
packs with the hundred different markers, paints, and crayons – and I loved
creating things. After taking high school computer graphics classes and having a
fantastic teacher, I knew I wanted to go into graphic design. My family was
very supportive of my decision, and I couldn’t have made it this far without
them. I knew I chose the right path once I started my design classes at Drexel
University, being taught by great graphic design faculty and learning more than
I would have imagined.
addition to my classes, I currently I work part-time at Zivtech (a web
development and design agency in Center City where I co-oped) as their Junior
Designer, am the Design Lead on the marketing committee of Drexel’s Campus
Activities Board (a student-run event-planning organization), am involved in
Drexel’s student chapter of AIGA, and freelance on the side.
What are some of the challenges
you faced when pursuing your education?
challenge I’ve faced while pursuing my education is trying to be too involved
and putting too much on my plate. I was involved in many clubs in high school
and that notion has carried over to college, but I found that it’s harder to
balance all of the different commitments in college with a full course load of
classes. I like being busy (even though I say I don’t!) and having work to do
and meetings to go to. I still wish I had more time to be more involved on
campus. All in all, my studies and classes come first, though.
What inspires you about the
field of Graphic Design?
inspiring just how expansive the field is and how there are so many people out
there creating amazing work everyday. Graphic design is everywhere and it’s
awe-inspiring just how powerful visual communication can be and how it can
enhance even everyday experiences.
What are your professional
goals upon graduation?
would like to be a UI/UX designer or visual designer, maybe one day becoming a
creative director. But, as long as I’m designing and learning new things every
day, I feel like I’d be happy in any kind of creative role.