Katie Minchak is a Brooklyn-based designer, illustrator and graduating Senior in Communication Design. She specializes in brand development, graphic design, book design, and creative direction.
Who do you look up to in the design community?
I’m surrounded by so many talented people in fashion, art, and design and have had the privilege of working with inspiring, women-led creative agencies including RoAndCo and LMNOP. I look up to the businesses they have built and the beautiful work they put out into the world.
How has Parsons shaped you as a designer?
Parsons has made me a much more critical and disciplined designer. Design is a powerful problem solving tool and my time at Parsons shaped the way that I focus and apply my skills. I’m constantly looking to my professors and peers for ideas and inspiration.
Parsons also transformed the way I work. I’m no longer satisfied with one project at a time. I feel most comfortable when I’m busy, and find that as I work on multiple projects at a time, different ideas and solutions are presented as I shift my focus.
What have your favorite classes been at Parsons?
Some of my favorite classes at Parsons have been Advanced Typography with Jeanette Hodge-Abbink, Type Core Studio with Geoff Han, Book Design with Andrew Shurtz, Senior Thesis with Dave Yun, and Death of Cool with Jessica Glasscock.
What are your plans for the next few years?
I plan to start working at a creative agency or in-house for the next couple years. My goal is to make valuable connections and to learn as much as I can about running a business so that I can one day open my own studio. Also, I would love to teach at Parsons in the future.