This week we were putting the finishing touches on a sponsor…
Since we’re a relatively new team, you may know some of us but not others. Over the next few months, we’ll introduce you to each member of the Propel team. Meet graphic designer Laura Schramm.
Propel: Okay, here we go: What’s your favorite restaurant?
LS: This is a tough one since I live and work in Raleigh, which has so many great restaurants and new ones opening all the time. Right now, Gonza tacos are at the top of my list because of great food and atmosphere. But Lily’s Pizza is also high on my list.
P: Good picks! You can’t go wrong with either. So can you tell us a little bit about how you got involved with graphic design?
LS: I’ve always loved art, but when I went to college I wasn’t sure how art would fit into my career plans, so I put it on the back burner. My love for art was reignited after a mini study abroad trip I took to Italy between my freshman and sophomore years of college at High Point University. I took a couple introductory level classes in graphic design and marketing. After these classes I knew I wanted to pursue a career in graphic design. I earned a minor in Graphic Design at High Point University and after graduating went back to school to earn my Bachelors in Graphic Design at Meredith College.
P: Wow, that shows some real dedication to your craft. We definitely appreciate that. What do you think is the best part of your job?
LS: I think the best part of my job is the variety of the work. Every day I get to work on different types of projects for different clients. It’s interesting learning about all kinds of industries and I enjoy having multiple types of projects to mix it up.
P: Never a dull moment at Propel, right? Are there any projects you wish you had an intern for?
LS: I wish I had an intern to bring another perspective to client work. I always enjoy working with other designers to see how they tackle creative challenges and it’s super helpful to have someone to brainstorm with when you hit creative walls.
P: Well this team definitely enjoys a good brainstorming session. All right, here’s a tough question: If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
LS: Oh, that is tough! Well I don’t think I could watch the same two hours of something for the rest of my life. But if I could pick a TV show it would probably be Parks and Recreation because I love the characters on the show and there are so many memorable and hilarious plot lines.
P: Parks and Recreation? Sounds like you have a good sense of humor—we like that! Do you have a hidden talent or special skillset?
LS: It’s not really a hidden talent or skillset but I do photography. It’s a passion of mine that I do just for fun and its something I enjoy, especially when I travel. I see my surroundings differently when I look through the lens of a camera and I like capturing images of the things I see and the places I visit.
P: Neat! We would love to see some of your pictures sometime. So next up: What’s your favorite book and why?
LS: Another tough one. I don’t think I have a current favorite, but growing up my favorite series was Harry Potter. I grew up reading the series and remember how excited I (and the rest of the world!) was each time the next book was released. I can’t believe it’s been twenty years since the first book came out!
P: Great choice! Okay, now it’s time for the last question. We’re all about being a superpower for our clients, so what would your superpower be?
LS: My superpower would be replication. Because I work on so many different projects, sometimes it seems like there are multiple Laura clones running around! But really, we’re always joking in the office that we need to finish building the cloning machine so that there’s more than one of me. Most days it would be really helpful if I had the ability to replicate myself so I would have help tackling my endless to-do list.