Hello! My Name is Libby Houdek and I am a junior Graphic Design Major, Social Media Marketing Minor, and User Experience Minor at Bradley University in Peoria Illinois and am expected to graduate in May of 2021. I also attended College of Lake County where I majored in Studio Art for two years prior to transferring to Bradley in the Fall of 2018. Right now I am an active member of Bradley’s Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and a recent Summer Worker for Hollister Incorporated and their Sales Excellence Team. Other things to know about me include that I am from the Chicago suburbs where still live with my family, a big dog, and two cats when I’m not busy studying or attending classes in Peoria. I have been drawing since I could hold a pencil and always knew that I wanted to be an artist, but I fell in love with graphic design in high school. From there I worked through community college to transfer to Bradley where I have studied all aspects of design and branding. While at Bradley I also discovered a deep love for web and app design as well as a fascination with marketing techniques and practices, especially in connection with social media, so I took both studies on as minors.

Artist Statement

I have known that I wanted to be an artist of some kind for as long as I can remember. I started drawing as soon as I could hold a pencil like many children do, but I didn’t stop. However, it wasn’t until I was in high school that I had the privilege of taking some basic graphic design classes that taught me about Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Bridge. It was during these classes that I finally determined exactly what kind of artist I wanted to be because of how much I loved using those programs.

Those classes also helped me gain an understanding and appreciation for the amount of work and skill that goes into different pieces of digital and printed media, such as posters for movies and events. The observations I had made of particularly eye catching graphics and posters from then on influenced how I would approach my own design work and made me want to strive to create equally as beautiful, eye-catching, and interesting pieces of my own.