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      Ian MacGregor, Graphic Designer

      Carlie Sisco, English and Creative Writing ‘19

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      Ian MacGregor

      MacGregor designed a leadership banner for Kapelski Learning Center before joining University Relations as a graphic designer.

      When Ian MacGregor was asked last year to design a banner for the Oskin Leadership Institute, he never imagined it would become the first step back to his alma mater.

      MacGregor, who started at Widener as an engineering major, found his passion for graphic design while on campus. He always loved sketching and drawing in his notebooks, but it wasn't until a chemistry professor noticed his doodling that MacGregor made the transition from engineering to communication studies in his freshman year.

      After graduating in 2013, he was offered a position as communications coordinator and graphic designer at Nazareth Academy High School.

      MacGregor spent just over four years at Nazareth before a graphic designer position opened within the University Relations department at Widener. Having previously interned as a graphic designer in the department as an undergraduate, MacGregor found this opportunity to be like coming full circle.

      As graphic designer, MacGregor is responsible for maintaining that every design stays within the Widener brand from the way you answer the phone all the way up to the postcards, pamphlets, and magazines.

      "Widener has its own look and feel," MacGregor said. "My job is coming up with cool, innovative, creative ways to  portray the message Widener wants to display."

      The most rewarding aspect of MacGregor's job is being able to work at a place where he likes his co-workers, the things he gets to do, and has the opportunity to design what persuades perspective students to make the decision he made in choosing Widener.

      "Widener is a very tight-knit, close group. Everybody here helps each other out, relies on each other, and can ask for help if they need it," he said.

      Even after he leaves the office, MacGregor actively works to stay current on design and learn different techniques. He regularly sketches and creates original pieces of art. "Anything to keep the creative juices flowing," he said.

      MacGregor also works a second job outside of Widener, loves golf, skateboards, and enjoys spending time with friends and family. He currently resides in Northeast Philadelphia, a city in which he was born, raised, and hopes to remain living in for a very long time.


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