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Meet Marlene Cole of Cole Design

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marlene Cole.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Marlene. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
As a child my grandparents encouraged me to be artistic in as many ways as possible. You could always find me drawing, painting, and writing stories. So at a young age my grandparents enrolled me in classes at the local theatre and at the MFA. As I started to grow up, I realized that art wasn’t just a hobby it was my passion. Throughout Middle School and High School I took as many art classes as I could. They ranged from Drawing & Painting to Digital Design. Within my last two years of High School I realized I had this love for Graphic Design. When looking for colleges to attend, my grandparents and I looked for the best Design Programs in the Boston Area. After being accepted in MassArt, I haven’t looked back. I graduated this year with a BFA in Graphic Design.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I think in my life I’ve had many struggles. At an early age my biological parents were unfit to care for me so my grandparents took me in (thank god). At a certain point, my grandmother was diagnosed with a very are disease. I also struggle with being a plus size woman of color. But because of these obstacles, I have learned to work hard and stay focused.

Please tell us about Cole Design.
I’m known for having a love for Typography, Editorial Design, and Book Design. But within my last year of college I’ve also become fond of Web Design and Animation. I like to think that my design methods and executions push boundaries and have compelling narratives (when they’re called for). I think what set’s me apart is not only my attention to detail but how far I can push the details. Everything within my design speaks to the theme and the story that’s being told.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I think if I had to start over again, I would travel more in-between semesters. I found that by traveling to different countries and viewing their designs and methods, I have new ways of expanding my world of design. I also think it’s important to have a strong group of designers that you rely on. Being able to bounce off ideas with other people can really help you flush out your ideas.

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