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Heather Strycharz

Heather Strycharz

Heather Strycharz

Founder, Owner

Love Local Design
New Haven, CT

B.F.A., Media Arts, 2006

By the time I was in high school, I knew that my dream job would combine my love for technology with my passion for the arts. When I discovered that there was an art school nearby that offered a multimedia degree, I knew it was the right choice for me. My favorite part of studying at Hartford Art School was the openness of the curriculum. I was able to cultivate my skills in traditional fine arts as well as new media, all while receiving a quality academic education.

After graduating, I worked for a few design companies and eventually opened my own business, Love Local Design. Like Hartford Art School, my business allows me the freedom to pursue my multidisciplinary interests in a variety of media, including web design, mobile app design, video editing, and motion graphics. Hartford Art School fully prepared me for this venture with its focus on studio courses and self-directed learning. Whenever a client makes what seems like an impossible request, I think back to my long nights in the 3D studio, frustrated with projects that I thought were hopeless, and I’m reminded that there is always a solution—I just have to rethink the problem. When I’m pulling out my hair over a bug in my code, I think of Professor Caldwell, who often told me to “step away from the canvas.” In a stressful, fast-paced field, advice like hers has been worth its weight in gold.

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