The Pollak Library and Irvine Campus Library are among the largest employers of student assistants at Cal State Fullerton. We have a long history of recruiting and mentoring talented students from across all majors, and are now actively engaged in the campus-wide strategic goal of developing High Impact Practices (HIPs) for these students to help them better succeed in their educational and professional goals. The work they do for us is invaluable, and our libraries could not deliver the high level of services we provide to our campus community and the public without their efforts and expertise.
Meet lead graphic designer Isaac Contreras.
What is your name and student job title?
My name is Isaac Contreras and I am the Lead Graphic Designer.
In what section or unit of the Pollak Library do you work?
I work for Colleen Greene, Marketing & Web Systems Librarian.
What is your student job in a nutshell?
I design library marketing artwork, digital and print materials, branding materials, social media graphics and logos for library staff/committees, develop graphic art training materials, carry consistent branding/identity in print collateral, and learn and assist with website best practices and optimization for graphics.
What are you working on right now?
I have been working on web and social media graphics, postcards, bookmarks, directional signs, and flyers for the library’s semester-long program “Dune by Frank Herbert: A 50th Anniversary Celebration.”
How long have you been at the Pollak Library?
I have been working here at the library as a graphic designer for about 10 months. Before transitioning to the graphic design position, I worked the atrium position on the first floor for about a year and a half.
Do you have a favorite accomplishment at the Pollak Library?
My favorite accomplishment at the Pollak Library is taking part in revamping a lot of the library’s artwork.
What are your major/degree and/or graduate field, and intended date of completion for your current degree?
I am in my last semester of my BFA in Graphic Design. I complete my degree in December.
What career/s are you interested in?
I am interested in working for a creative agency where it will be my main creative outlet.
Has your student work at the Pollak Library helped prepare you for your future career field?
My work here at the library has definitely been a good stepping-stone for my current part-time job. Everything here is just on a smaller scale.
What are your passions or interests outside of work and school?
I enjoy traveling, going out to eat, art, skateboarding, basketball, soccer, mixed martial arts and exercising.
What is the last book you read, or the last book you loved?
The last book I read and loved is “The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles” by Steven Pressfield. The book is about the different forms of resistance, and how creatives, athletes, entrepreneurs are trying to break through those obstacles.