Name: Myles Hunt
Hometown: Waxhaw, North Carolina
Major: Graphic Design
Student Organizations: Charlotte 49ers football team and Student Athlete Advisory Committee (August 2020 - April 2021)
Why did you choose UNC Charlotte?
I chose to attend UNC Charlotte because it was a university that is fast growing and very diverse. In all honesty, coming out of high school, I never thought that I would have attended UNC Charlotte because of how close it was to home for me. However, after attending the University, I have loved my experience!
Who is your favorite professor and why?
It is definitely hard to just choose one professor who is my favorite. I’ve been able to learn so much from all of them and they have helped me in ways that I couldn’t even imagine in my development as a designer. I am so thankful and have so much respect for Cynthia Frank, Bobby Campbell, Dave Brodeur, Crissy Singer, and all of the graphic design faculty for the amazing job that they do to help shape the designers of the future.
What are your immediate plans following graduation?
After graduation, I will transition from my part-time role as a graphic designer at NASCAR to a full-time role. I also look to further develop my own freelance brand as well.
What excites you most about your major?
I think what excites me most about my major is how it forces you to resolve prompts or situations in a visual way. There is so much more that goes into designing than just making something that looks good. The principles that a designer uses, the storylines and messages that we want to convey, and everything in between is all in mind when we develop artwork.
What was your favorite or most memorable moment outside of the classroom?
I think the most memorable moment for me outside of the classroom was getting contacted to be a designer for NASCAR. I think what made this moment so special was the fact that I had applied to nearly 100 different positions within the sports design field and received a lot of rejections over the course of several months. When NASCAR reached out to me because of the work they saw I had cultivated in my portfolio over the years, it was surreal. Rather than waiting months to go through the full interview process, I went through three interviews and received an offer in a week. After going through that whole process, I realized that this was all a part of God’s plan for my life and my career.
What do you know about yourself now that you didn’t know before coming to UNC Charlotte?
Before coming to UNC Charlotte, I was still very raw in terms of my skills as a designer even after attending two years of school at Jacksonville University. Being around students and faculty that continue to inspire you and push you to be better as an individual and as a designer allowed me to be more confident.
What advice would you give to an incoming student?
I think the best advice that I could give an incoming student is to take risks and find a career that you truly enjoy. I know it is cliche when people say that when you are doing something that you love it doesn’t feel like work, but there is so much truth in that statement. When you enjoy your work and career, you don’t care about how many hours you clock in or how many tasks you have to complete. All that matters is that day in and day out you are taking steps to improve in every aspect of your career and your life.
Summarize your Charlotte experience in three words.
Informative, Uplifting, Life-Changing
Photo: Jordan G. Estabrook, University Communications.