Jasmine Crisostomo is a Freshman at the University of Maryland (UMD) studying graphic design. She is one of the 10 recipients for the 2019-2020 AIGA DC Design Continuum Fund Scholarship. After two years at community college and now studying at UMD, Jasmine’s goal is to create her own design firm and to be a role model for Filipino American women in the design industry.
Congratulations on being selected! How does it feel?
It feels amazing. I’m very grateful to receive this award. It’s very prestigious and to be able to say that it’s from AIGA DC makes me so happy.
It’s your Freshman year at the University of Maryland. How has it been so far?
It’s been really great. I did 2 years at community college. So moving to a big university has been a big shift for me. Everyone in the program has been welcoming and I’m enjoying my classes.
What made you want to become a designer?
I actually wanted to be a designer because I had a foundation in art. In high school, I took a lot of art classes. So I did studio art and fundamentals of art. I didn’t get to [study] design until my senior year of high school. After taking design courses, I really enjoyed it and learned there were a lot of career opportunities in design.
Is there a design focus you’re interested in?
Mainly right now I’m focused on branding. That’s actually one of the projects I’m working on right now in my design course.
Are there any other projects you have been working on while attending the University of Maryland?
Since it’s my first year in the graphic design program, I’m doing a lot of courses on design fundamentals. But I’m doing two internships at the University of Maryland. It’s been really great because I’m working at the School of Business as an intern. The type of projects I’m working on are for really great causes. I’m working on a project for climate change with graphics for posters and social media posts. One of the next projects I’m working on is focusing on entrepreneurship and women.
What about projects outside of school?
I’m tutoring graphic design to an 8 year old kid. It’s been an interesting experience teaching design to someone at such a young age. I wish I had that when I was younger.
How’d you get this tutoring opportunity?
At school, they have a list-serv with jobs and internships. I applied for this opportunity.
Have you set any design goals for your lessons with him?
He said he’s interested in drawing and wants to make them digital. I’ve worked with him on illustration with basic Adobe illustrator tools.
I know you’re a freshman, but do you have any goals for what’s next outside of UMD?
I want to start my own graphic design agency which is why I’m interning at the School of Business. They are giving me a lot of tips and I’m learning a lot about business ownership.
Would your design agency include any social impact?
I really want to focus on environmental issues because that’s very important right now. Also I want to focus on making it known that Filipino Americans can have a career in design. When I wanted to start in design, there were not a lot of Asian American women to look up to. I want to be a role model for people like me.
Do you have any designers that are an inspiration to you?
Pum Lefebure of Design Army who is actually from Thailand. I read an interview with her where she talked about coming to America at eighteen as an exchange student alone. It was a scary experience. She said her parents really supported her when it came to art and her competitive drive to become a great designer. I found that really inspiring for me because my parents are very supportive of me as a designer and I felt I connected to her.
Is there any advice you have for the Design Continuum Fund community?
For anyone who is applying in the future, do not give up on design. There are a lot of people who will tell you that design is not a good career but keep following your dreams. Keep at it!
Interested in learning more about Jasmine? Visit her website.