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Student Profile: Henry Thompson

Thompson_PortraitHenry Thompson of Ashburn, Virginia is a senior studying Visual Communication Design who grew up outside of Chicago in St. Charles, Illinois. His favorite part of his major is getting to watch his friends improve as designers and produce bigger and better things every semester. Ask him about his plans after graduation and he’ll tell you he’s not even sure what he’s doing tonight.

What’s your favorite color and why?

Pantone Cool Gray 3 C. It’s the same as hex color #cccccc. I’m deuteranopic (red-green colorblind) so that particular gray is a color that I gravitate to a lot. It’s faint, but not lost, visible, but not intrusive. It’s a safe color, but works well in a lot of schemes. It doesn’t hurt that it’s also very easy to remember.

What led you to Visual Communication Design? 

I have been interested in art since I was very young, and creativity was always one of my strong suits. I fell in love with using a computer and the perfection that could be achieved on a digital interface, so meeting half way between art and computers seemed like a no brainer. In middle school, I would make MySpace layouts, album covers, and logos for my friends’ bands. I think I would say those are the first things I really designed.

Tell me about your most recent project.

If only there was just one! The biggest project I’m currently working on is the November issue of Engineers’ Forum. It’s a Virginia Tech-based magazine about engineering research and design here on campus. You can pick up a copy in Squires, Newman, Norris, Surge, Torgerson, and Hahn North.

What’s your favorite part about working on this?

I’m the art director, so I have a lot of say in how everything gets put together. It’s a lot of work but the finished product always feels like such an accomplishment. We get 2,000 issues per magazine, so there’s pressure to get everything just right, but once the shipment from the printer arrives it’s very rewarding to hold an entire box of something you designed. It’s a surreal feeling watching it progress from sketches to print.

Are you working on any other projects right now?

I’m currently working on a side project that’s actually too good to even talk about. I will say, however, that it is a mobile app that’s going to change the way we grocery shop. It’s almost ready to be pitched to our potential investors. I wish I could say more, but it’s just not ready yet. You can find me on the Forbes list in a few years.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Stay golden, ponyboy.