Rachel Lakose, our Lead Graphic Designer, will graduate from Upper Iowa University on May 8th. Rachel is earning her BA in Graphic Design and is graduating with honors, Cum Laude.
Per Rachel, the winter session of classes was rigorous. She had to complete 2 senior level courses plus a senior thesis on top of work life and mom life and life life. Not only did she ace the final project for her thesis, one she agonized over for a month and a half, but she received very nice comments from my professor on my final project–a mini magazine spread designed and laid out from scratch. Plus, SHE ACED IT – 400/400!
Rachel went to school originally for art and music education but took a comfortable corporate job when the economy fell out while she was a freshman. This was one of the best things she could have ever done, as it allowed her to really explore where her heart was, professionally. After 10 years of doing hobby work with graphic design, she decided to make that her career.
She has been married to her husband Jeremy coming up on 8 years, and they have two kids together, Gwen (6) and Toby (4). They also have a cat named Lucy and a pup named Sadie.
She loves her work family. You can definitely tell that they care about their employees, their clients, and their community. Rachel loves traveling, hiking through historically significant areas, all the way from Pikes Peak/Effigy Mounds here in Iowa to more remote places like ancient Mayan ruins in Belize. She loves music, painting, and videography/photography, as well!