Amanda Frame is a sophomore in Columbia College majoring in Economics. She is the current editor of Spectator's Design section.
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Staff in Spec Design learn Adobe Suite and interactive graphic platforms like infogr.am, how to search for and interpret data, and appreciate the impact that visual journalism has on the way they consume content. Beyond just creating aesthetically beautiful illustrations, photos, and work in general, we strive to find effective ways to tell stories visually, fundamentally changing the way readers interact with the work our writers produce.
Spec provides an amazing platform for your work, whether it is painting or digital art, or whether you are interested telling stories through data and graphics, which is something that not many other campus groups can offer.
I had previous design and photography experience from extracurriculars in high school but had no formal training in the Adobe Suite, interactive graphics, or journalism. I joined Spec Design because I knew that I wanted to continue to develop my creative talents in a way that would challenge me and teach me new skills.
You can succeed in Spec Design with good communication, a willingness to learn and to take constructive criticism, the ability to work collaboratively, the ability to think creatively about how to represent information and statistics, and to present that info to broad audiences.