Designing with Jordyn Carbine ‘18
By Madison Kobe ’18
One of the best parts of Carthage is that the professors, advisors, and registrar work together to assist students in graduating in four years, even if those students have multiple areas of study. Jordyn Carbine ’18 is such a student with one major and one minor in the Fine Arts, as well as a second major in Humanities. Even though she is tight on spare time with double majors and a minor, she was kind enough to make time to answer a few questions about her experience as a highly involved student.
What are you studying at Carthage?
How do you feel you have changed or grown since your first semester at Carthage?
I definitely feel surer of myself and in tune with who I am both as an individual and an artist. I’m less concerned with doing things the “right” way and am much more open to experimentation artistically. Sometimes trying new things don’t pan out, but it’s still a good learning experience regardless of the outcome. I feel as though I value myself and my work more than I used to. Most of all, I’m able to recognize that I’ll always be learning and improving and that that’s a good thing. My technical skills have improved as well, but I don’t find that as valuable as the growth in my attitude.
What struggles have you faced during your time at Carthage?
I don’t think I’ve necessarily struggles academically, but I’ve had a lot to deal with emotionally over the past four years or so. I had several close family members pass away and have been dealing with some medical problems, so working through that while keeping up with school has been a challenge.
What has been a highlight of studying CDM?
I really liked starting out with projects that focused on form over meaning. I tend to be very narrative with my artwork, so it was nice to force myself to work in a way that was different than what I was comfortable with. I think being challenged to try new methods (and being given room to make mistakes and learn from them) has been vital.
What are your responsibilities at the Ensemble and Events Office?
I work as a graphic designer, so I mostly work on advertising (posters, etc.) for various events that fall under the fine arts umbrella.
How have the opportunities available to you helped prepare you for life after Carthage?
I think Carthage has done an effective job of building on my strengths, rather than forcing me to relearn everything from the beginning. I also highly value being able to experience working in a professional design setting.
What are your current plans for after Carthage?
I don’t have a specific, pre-scripted path I’m setting out on, but I hope to eventually work in illustration or character design. I’m extremely interested in visual storytelling. Maybe one day I’ll finally get around to writing that graphic novel.