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Getting to Know Jake Bradford

September 22, 2017 | Ann Van Heest

The month of September has been busy for the Symposia Labs family! We recently welcomed Jake Bradford to the team as our Senior Graphic Designer while we bid a fond farewell to Ashley Navarre, our former graphic designer, as she started her new job in Colorado. We sat down with Jake and asked him a few questions about his background and aspirations. Get to know Jake:

Tell us a little about your background. 

I’m from the village of Sparta, MI. Yes, village. I graduated from Sparta Senior High School and I attended Ferris State University. I have a degree in Graphic Design.

What drew you to graphic design as a field of study? 

I took an interesting path to graphic design but it is a long story. In short, I love design because it’s unique to the individual and every project is different. Graphic design is problem solving, but it is not as simple or straightforward as 1+1=2. Every design problem has an infinite amount of visual solutions. Creating my unique solution is what makes my job so fun. It’s also extremely rewarding to create something for someone, and leave them happy with an appreciation for my craft and ability.

What makes you excited about Symposia Labs? 

When talking with Tim about the company, he emphasized the family vibe. Family is extremely important to me. I’m very excited to take my talents to Symposia and contribute to the company’s success. But, since most of our time as professionals is spent on our career, I couldn’t be happier or more excited to spend mine with the Symposia family, while also growing as a designer.

What challenges have you had to overcome in your field? 

One of the biggest challenges I’ve learned to overcome is tackling digital design. It is a medium that is forever changing, but keeping up with the changes and always being open to new processes has helped me become successful as a young designer.

What’s your best advice for up-and-coming graphic designers? 

I advise young professionals looking for design work to understand the difference between personal projects and professional projects. In a professional setting you, the designer, are no longer the decision maker or the one paying the invoices. You may have three awesome concepts you are stoked about, and maybe they would look great in your bag, but if the client isn’t on board with any of them, you have failed. So, be a sponge, ask questions, and do your best to fulfill the client’s wants and needs rather than your own. That will give you the best chance at leaving them satisfied, which is ultimately your goal.

What’s an interesting fact about yourself?

I consider myself a master of sandwich making and I’m currently in the midst of watching “The Office” TV series for my 6th time.

What’s important to you in the workplace?

I think being able to work in different environments and settings is important. It keeps my mind fresh and allows me to stay inspired when designing.


Thanks for sharing, Jake! We’re happy to have you as part of the Symposia Labs team!