Notable Alumni

Notable alumni of Parkland College.  We consider anyone who completed a degree, started an educational journey, or earned job skills through Parkland, a proud alumnus!

Barry Abrams

Graphic design, interactive design, web development

Associate in Applied Science

Graphic Design


Hometown: Mahomet IL
Year graduated: 2003 (then I transferred to ISU)
Currently working at: Surface 51 (Champaign IL)

How does it feel to be a professional designer: Now, more than ever I feel that I made the right decision with design.

How do you like your job: I really, really enjoy working at S51. The people I work with, the type of clients we work with, and the atmosphere are the best parts of the job. In addition, I also run my own business called Barry's Farm — it's a great way to express myself and to get free T-shirts.

How did you get this job: I knew Anni Poppen because we were partners in our own studio called lmntal (which we formed while we were still at Parkland). She got me the interview.

How did you start your own business? I had done some T-shirt designs for a client, and really got into the DIY handmade craft scene. One thing led to another and I started selling shirts.

What was the most exciting project you've worked on since graduation: Boy Who Cried Wolf and "The End of Cinematics" animation.

What were some of the most important things you learned while at Parkland: Learning how to take criticism was important. Basic typography skills are also important.

Who is your favorite designer and why: Right now it's Chip Kidd. I think I'm drawn to his attitude.

What is your favorite typeface and why: Neutraface is excellent, because it's quirky and applicable. Mrs Eaves is beautiful.

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