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Austin Smoldt-Saenz

Favorite M+D project and why?

My favorite M+D project was designing the 2013 UI Homecoming materials. It was my first big project and a major challenge to my skills as a designer. It taught me a lot about branding, typography, working with clients, and it drastically improved my software skills. I gained a lot of experience and it showed me a lot about my process and my abilities as a designer. Being able to walk around campus during homecoming week and see all of the hard work I put in pay off, was a moment of pride, satisfaction, and ultimately relief.


Music, record collecting, longboarding, screen printing, furniture design/woodworking, wizardry

Favorite quote

"Eventually everything connects - people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se." -Charles Eames

Graphic Designers, Alumni