Yes, I’m an art major. And yes, I drew nude people.

That is my best friend. Also an art major.

People’s first comment about my education is “Oh, you’re an art major? What are you going to do with that?” My better judgment helps me retract a snarky retort and simply say, “Pursuing an art degree is the best decision I have made in my life so far, preparing me for the real world in ways you cannot even imagine.” Usually, their eyes roll and the conversation turns elsewhere. In hopes of preventing this conversation altogether, I collected the top seven reasons art majors make the best employees.

1. Being comfortable with the uncomfortable.

Art majors are masters of the oft-encountered awkward situation. The most uncomfortable…


After 5 years of undergrad, you would think I had more knowledge…

As I am about to start my final undergraduate semester, I can’t help but reflect. Two majors in five years seemed like a good idea as an incoming freshman, but man am I exhausted! During my collegiate career, I failed. I triumphed. I failed again. But mostly, I learned. I learned what to do, and I learned what not to do. Yes, I did go to [most] classes but some things are not taught in a lecture hall. So here is what I actually learned in college…

  1. How to fearlessly walk in front of moving cars. My motto was “Go…


Have you ever put a little kid to sleep and had him ask for a bedtime story? Or maybe your friend says, “Listen to this story! You won’t believe what happened to me!” As humans, we love a good story. We sit for hours to watch fictional stories on Netflix. Every song on the radio is telling a story of love, hate, frustration, or passion. So why should your brand be any different?

The world is looking for your brand’s story; for the narrative of how your brand relates to people’s lives. In my personal theory, people post on social…


Every week in my Senior Capstone class a former Mizzou graphic design graduate who has “made it big” Skypes in to talk about where they are now. While eating my $4 omelet from Mort’s in the Student Center, I listen intently as these design All-Stars bestow wisdom upon us common folk. It definitely takes the wrap for best class ever.

As usually, my mind fills with many questions, but I restrain myself and only ask about 2–3 to avoid being “that person”. …

Emily Brown

Talking about what I know // Freelance Graphic Designer

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