Welcome to Student Spotlight!
My name is Maddesen Paige Wright, and I’ll be your Student Spotlight blogger. This is the place where we show you the talented students we have here in the Marywood University Department of Visual Arts, kicking it off strong with senior David Bonomo. David is in my Ancient and Medieval World History class, and when I first started asking my teachers for who they might suggest to be featured here, I asked design professor John Meza, and David was the first one who came to mind for the graphic design area.
Name: David Bonomo, Class of 2016
Major: BFA Design, Graphic Design
I am majoring in Art because I’ve always had a passion for applying my creativity to real-world problems, and majoring in Graphic Design has given me the technical skills to create innovative and well-crafted solutions.
The kinds of things that inspire me are, well… I am inspired by almost anything, from architecture to fashion to music. I have a particular affinity for mid-century design and anything in the Swiss Style.
My favorite class so far was at Marywood was Packaging Design with John Meza because it was a very comprehensive course which provided me a platform to craft three-dimensional identities for products with particular consideration for consumer response and standards of production. This semester, I’m also really enjoying Advanced Typography with Chris Medley, because she is honestly one of the coolest professors at Marywood and this course has provided a lot of opportunities to explore new hands-on production techniques like letterpress and hand-lettering.
When I’m not in class I’m usually glued to my iPad Pro, soaking up inspiration from around the web, catching up on world events, researching something I’m curious about, or sketching a quick doodle with the Apple Pencil. I’m also really into taking mini road trips, eating pizza, and going on extensive shopping sprees.
The coolest thing I’ve done so far, without a doubt, was participate in the NEPA American Advertising Federation (AAF) Awards, where my work received not only a gold recognition, but also the distinction of Best Of Show. I also really loved heading a team of classmates to redesign the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum website.
When I graduate I want to change the world through great design, one logo at a time.
I’d recommend the Art program at Marywood because Marywood may be a smaller university, but it has some really world-class professors who genuinely care about students’ success and have the real-world experience to foster students’ creativity and give them the advice to succeed.