I remember when I was little we had this huge box we called computer and all me and my brother did was to play games on it. It was big, slow, loud, but we loved it. Most kids didn’t even dream of having one. However, my father taught IT, so we were lucky. Nowadays, computers have become such a vital part in our lives that six-year olds instinctively know how to use them. Times change, and we need to follow, not to be left behind.
I first met Tyler Duke at a Business Breakfast organized by the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce. He was the youngest face in the crowd, and we all later learned that he had a good reason to be there. Tyler had designed the logo of the Student Business Partnership brochures and had come up with a wonderful acronym for it: BRIDGE (Businesses Readily Involved in Developing Genuine Education) Impressed by his work, I decided to ask him some questions:
How old are you and what exactly do you study?
I am 18 and I study Graphic Communications at the Four Rivers Career Center. What we learn at school is how to take an idea and materialize it using complex and innovative computer programs. With todays technology you can make virtually anything, if you know how.
How did you get to design the Student Business Partnership logo?
The Assistant Director of our school came to the classroom one day and picked me for this project. While working on the logo, I came up with the acronym that everybody liked. It was a challenge, but I enjoyed working on it and I was pleasantly surprised when my work was received so well.
How did you decide that this is what you want to do?
When I was in my sophomore year we touched upon many adobe programs, such as Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Photoshop, etc. I enjoyed working with them, so at the end of the year I took part in the Mr. WHS Logo Contest. My design was picked along with that of another student, and this recognition made me realize that I might be good at this.
What are your plans for the future?
After I graduate this May, I plan to go to St. Charles Community College and study Graphic Design. I enjoy the creative side of my job and I am hoping that I will be able to start my own business in the future. I would love to give back to the community and my church by acquiring useful skills that will help me promote them better.
I love to encourage creativity, so I hired Tyler to design a logo for my photography business. He did a wonderful job, as you can see:
You can reach Tyler at 636.634.0616 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He would be more than happy to work on a project with you. A big Thank You to his instructor, Andy Robinson, for giving me Tyler’s contact information and for being such a great teacher.
A curious fact: Did you know, that a Bulgarian played a huge part in the invention of the computer? His name was John Atanasoff and his family lived just some miles away from my home town. You can read more here.