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Skyler | Graphic Information Technology

“Anyone interested in using their artistic abilities to make a difference in the professional workforce will find a good home in the GIT program.”

A portrait of Skyler taken by students in the GIT photo studio
A portrait of Skyler taken by students in the GIT photo studio

After high school, Skyler considered a career in traditional fine art. He has a passion for drawing and painting, but was hesitant about pursuing it professionally.

With reservations about what to study, he applied for a job that required photo editing. “I would get lost in my editing projects and the hours would fly by,” said Skyler.

It was this line of thinking that eventually led him to the Graphic Information Technology (GIT) program.

Skyler wanted a program that satisfied his interests in web development, graphic design and illustration. Some degrees felt too technical, while others were too artistic – but in the GIT program he found the ideal blend.

Now, as a senior, Skyler is taking classes that focus on photo and video production, and video game development and working on a handful of outside projects.

“I’m really excited to be a part of ASU’s EcoCar3 project,” said Skyler. The project is a 4-year contest between 17 universities, hosted by General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy, in which teams compete to create economical, marketable and innovative alternative-fuel and hybrid technologies. Skyler is a designer on the communications team and is supporting his team’s effort by designing promotional materials, working with the media and engaging in community outreach. From banners and posters to t-shirts and infographics, Skyler is producing deliverables when his team needs them.

“It’s exciting to be a part of a student-driven project,” said Skyler. It’s also a résumé-booster to be helping major organizations like General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy move towards real, marketable solutions to energy problems.

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Skyler in the GIT Make Media Lab.

Using the design skill-set obtained through his GIT studies, Skyler has aspirations to enhance the way scientists and engineers communicate and promote their research as it relates to social causes. He appreciates that the GIT program attracts students from a variety of backgrounds – from fine art, to engineering, to programming and beyond.

“The GIT program keeps things interesting by fostering collaboration and encouraging outside projects,” said Skyler. “It’s great to see how people with different skill sets approach the same project, and how their strengths can come together to produce the best product possible.”

The program also provides ample opportunities to develop new talents. “I came into the program with a background in design and graphics, but had no experience with coding and found javascript particularly challenging. It was really rewarding when, after days of wrestling with the code, I was able to create a functioning script for the first time,” said Skyler. As current business manager, Skyler encourages students to get involved in the GIT club. “We help students connect with resources and aim to build brides between the GIT program and other art and design programs on campus.” Assignments in GIT classes have real-world applications and produce tangible products.

“Anyone interested in using their artistic abilities to make a difference in the professional workforce will find a good home in the GIT program.”