Monday Mentors: Meet Frankie Reed, Alumnus Studio Mentor

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Monday, December 18th, 2023

Frankie Reed knows the pressure points of studying Graphic Design really clearly. 

That’s because he just graduated in May from PCA&D, and almost immediately turned their skills toward helping current students as an Alumnus Student Mentor. 

Their experience here, Reed says, “helped me understand a lot of what the students need. A lot of the students I help are in their senior year, so having just gone through my senior year, I can understand the assignments they are doing and help them better!”

And, though a recent graduate, Reed’s work is already known in the public eye: he created the logo and brand guidelines for the Lancaster County LGBTQ+ Giving Circle, and also did design work for the group while fulfilling an internship.

Frankie was also part of the inaugral Agency team that won second place in the state as part of the America250PA marketing competition in 2021.

Do you work with students and classes from all majors, or just the Graphic Design Department?

Frankie Reed: Most of the students I work with are in the Graphic Design Department, but I do help some students in other majors to expand their knowledge of different Adobe programs (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.)

Can you share an example of how your work with a student has helped them better understand or complete an assignment?

FR: I have been helping a student work on their thesis idea, which started more broadly. We had multiple meetings discussing ways to narrow it down and come up with a final idea before break. 

What else have you been up to since graduation? 

FR: I work as a Graphic Designer at The Content Queens. I am very excited to work with them and they are all very kind! My role as one of the Graphic Designers is primarily focused on social media as The Content Queens believe it’s one of the strongest forms of marketing if done right. We aim to be the voice for our clients and bridge the gap between organizations and their audiences.

How does a student access your help?

FR: A student who would like to access my help can go to Justin Phillips on the second floor or send him an email at jphillips@pcad.edu and tell him they would like to start sessions with me!