Ready, Set, Launch: Creative Mind Podcast Presents Pilot Episode with Illustration School Grad

Bobby Brill

Academy of Art University is proud to present its official podcast, Creative Mind! For the pilot episode, Bobby Brill sits down with art director and illustration school graduate Krystal Lauk.

Creative Mind features candid conversations with artists, directors, fashion designers, the amazing faculty and alumni from Academy of Art University and more. Regardless of where you are in your career or if you are just interested in the world of art today, Creative Mind will bring you fresh insights to becoming a successful art student from day one and later a successful working artist after graduation.

Episode 1 Presents

In this podcast episode, Krystal tells us about her journey from Arizona, where her interests were in more surrealist painting as seen in her favorite magazines like Juxtapoz. But it was after a trip to San Francisco and an eye-opening visit to the Academy’s Spring Show that she decided to take the leap to move to the City and enroll in the School of Illustration.

It was here that she was mentored by instructors like Chuck Pyle and met future collaborators like David Lantz and Dylan Vermeul. Not long after her graduation from the Academy, Krystal took the leap to start her own agency and began working with some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley including Google, Facebook and Uber to name a few.

Her insights into what it takes to be successful in the world of illustration, branding, and marketing provide some of the best tips for today’s students and professionals alike. Check out her keynote after the podcast.

Krystal Lauk is a freelance art director, illustrator, and the owner of the San Francisco-based boutique digital agency, Krystal Lauk Studios, and is a graduate from Academy of Art’s illustration school.

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Get inside the Creative Mind with this fresh podcast out of San Francisco. Creative Mind podcast is available on major podcast platforms including Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify as well as the Academy’s YouTube channel.

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