Regina Puno is a multidisciplinary designer living and working in New York City. She is currently an Art Director at Hinterland focusing on branding, web design, editorial design, and illustration. During her time at Parsons, Regina interned at Esquire Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, and Nylon Magazine before graduating in 2014.
What were your favorite classes at Parsons?
I loved and learned the most from Julia Wargaski’s Information Design class. I live and breathe everything I learned from that class—from using logic to create the most basic compositions to mastering hierarchy and detail in typography—and I apply it all to my everyday design practice. I also owe a debt of gratitude to William Bevington and Paul Shaw for giving me a head start on typography and basic design, and to Paul Carlos for teaching me the importance of a strong concept and the value of an effective presentation.
What did you wish you knew as a student that you know now?
I lived inside a bubble while at Parsons and as a student, you don’t realize how important it is to take advantage of what’s in front of you until you’ve actually graduated. I wish I was more open-minded, took more classes outside my comfort zone (like Motion Graphics or Coding) and took my liberal arts classes more seriously. I learned that to be a well-rounded designer, it’s important to be like a sponge—absorb and immerse yourself in as much information as you can, whether it’s related or completely disconnected to your field in design.
Who do you look up to in the design community?
I look up to anyone I’ve ever worked with, and most especially everyone I graduated with. There has always been a sense of support from everyone, and seeing the way my friends and colleagues grow and improve in their design practice constantly inspires me to do better. I also look up to my boss and friend, Scott Buschkuhl, who has been a great mentor in design and life in general.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Even though I still am very young in my career, I feel like I can say that everything so far has already been a highlight to me in some way. I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to stay in the US (international student represent!), be a part of the team at Hinterland, and contribute to some pretty amazing projects. It’s a small studio so everything I do is very hands on, and as a result, I get to learn something new everyday.