Digital Media and Design

IAN D'ARCANGELO

GRAPHIC DESIGN . FILMMAKING . SOUND DESIGN . SOCIAL MEDIA . MUSIC
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ABOUT ME

Creative . Inspired . Dedicated

I knew from a young age that I was going to do something creative with my life. I just had no idea what that was. Growing up I was always taking art classes, dabbling in mediums like paint, pen and ink, and charcoal. I quickly learned that I had a passion for music as well. Not until college did I dive deeper into graphic design. Most of what I learned was in the Adobe suite, focusing on Illustrator and Photoshop. Through UConn's Digital Media and Design program, I was able to get a grasp on the proper way to use these programs. I learned shortcuts and tricks that would help me design quickly and efficiently.  I learned other programs as well, such as Premiere for video editing, InDesign for layouts, and Audition for sound editing. Being in the Business Strategies concentration, I was able to tie these skills together, and using social listening and analytics figure out what content is right for any business. Anyone with a DMD degree is truly a double-edge sword. Being able to create and market is a very valuable asset. 

I graduated UConn with a BA in DMD during the COVID - 19 pandemic, which proved to be a huge let down. It felt like my life was over before it had begun. The internship I had lined up was cancelled and I couldn't even play shows with my band or hang out with friends. Instead of giving up, I decided to turn my creative efforts up full blast. I learned more about graphic design, as well as honed my video editing skills (learning the DaVinci Resolve suite). I started working on an album of original music, and even organized a virtual music festival. 2020 was a tough year for sure, but I think I grew more than I did in all my four years at college. I did learn one important thing;

If I faced that beast I can face anything.

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On the set of "Poker Night" (2019)

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