Learn more about CAM Ambassador Katey Marquette through this Q & A!
What brought you to CU Denver, and specifically the College of Arts and Media
It was a long journey, and I originally started at University of Northern Colorado back in 2010. After dropping out and working full-time for a while, I began looking for a new school to attend. CU Denver was in the perfect location and has an awesome, well-rounded curriculum so I decided to apply. After two years here, I can honestly say that the teachers really care and encourage you to do your best and it’s an amazing program.
Why did you want to become part of the CAM Ambassadors group? What do you think it will do for both you and the school?
As a part-time freelancer, the networking aspect was obviously a key part of my decision to apply, but ultimately I crave to learn all that I can. I can’t wait to see what exciting people I’m able to learn from and what events I’ll get to experience and bring back to CU Denver.
What is your favorite part of being in the CAM program?
Our extremely close-knit Digital Design group is probably my favorite part. We all started together and we’ve grown close over the years.
What is your favorite location to go to in Denver?
I don’t go to Denver a ton since I live in Aurora, but I recently had a great time exploring the RiNo district.
Where is your hometown?
I grew up in Castle Rock, but was born in Houston, Texas.
What hobbies do you enjoy?
My main hobbies include doing homework, commuting, playing video games, and doing homework.
What concentration do you find yourself leaning towards the most? Why? When did you get started?
I’ve been doing graphic and digital design for about six years now, and it’s always been the perfect way to combine my analytical and creative sides. I really enjoy motion design and branding, if I had to pick a concentration. I love trying to be as creative as possible while still catering to client needs.
What helps you get inspired?
I spend a lot of time on the Internet, checking out other people’s work on Behance, Pinterest, and From Up North (as well as an assortment of other design sites). Building inspiration and mood boards also help inspire me the most when I’m starting a new project.
Do you have any rituals to get yourself motivated when you work?
I love going on long walks with my dog to listen to music and think about the best route to tackle a project. Having a solid plan is really the key to getting motivated. Nothing makes me more confused and hesitant than when I don’t quite know what direction I’m going in.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
I wouldn’t really say I have a specific person who inspires me, but I’m definitely inspired by several of the motion agencies in Denver, like Spillt, Friends of Mine, and Wyatt.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done for your art? Do you regret it?
I reupholstered a suitcase for a branding project once, and I definitely don’t regret it. I now own a really cute, vintage suitcase.
Do you think anything can be art? Explain.
I think you can see art in everything. If you start trying to definite exactly what art is, I think you lose a lot of opportunity to be inspired.
Who is your favorite non-mainstream artist and why?
If we are talking about musical artists, I would probably say Lake Street Dive and Postmodern Jukebox. I love modern takes on vintage styles!
What is your favorite movie/film that you’ve ever seen?
I’m not a big movie watcher, but recently I’ve been really into the musical “Hamilton.”
If you had to create a new crayon, what color and name would it be and why?
I went hunting for some inspiration and decided on China Tea Pink. 🙂 I adore old china sets even though I don’t own any myself.