Software Engineer obtains critical design skills at Visual Arts School at Thomas Nelson

Danny Mangosing starting taking classes at Thomas Nelson almost as a whim. As a long time software engineer working at NASA Langley Research Center, he was looking at enhancing his skills in web development and happened to peruse a Thomas Nelson course catalog and saw a course in Typography and others in Multimedia Design. That was enough to get him interested in signing up for a couple of classes in the spring semester of 2015. After taking the Typography course and a course in the History of Design, he was hooked.

The Graphic and Media Design program at Thomas Nelson provided him with other learning opportunities in creative fields as video production, multimedia, and motion design. Skills he learned helped him garner honorable mention awards in the annual Student Design and Film Festival for video work he has produced.

As a student, he helped start the AIGA Student Group at Thomas Nelson, a student chapter of the American Institute for Graphic Artists (AIGA), a national professional organization dedicated to the practitioners of communication design, including graphic design, typography, interaction design, and identity branding.

During the summer of 2016, he was part of a production team that participated in the 48-hour Film Project, a contest in which teams of filmmakers vie to create a short film in 48 hours with an assigned genre, character, prop, and a line of dialogue. As a production assistant, he helped the team by collecting and arranging the sequence of the digital video footage, preparing it for the editor's final edit of the film. His team, Too Many Cooks, won the Hampton Roads regional final for their film, Moss Manor.

He also took on an internship at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. His internship provided learning experiences in photojournalism and video production where he helped the team on projects at the Air Base Wing Public Affairs office at Langley Air Force base.

Acheiving academic success as a student, he was inducted into Thomas Nelson's Phi Sigma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

It turns out his experience at Thomas Nelson was only the beginning. His interests in design have motivated him to pursue a university degree in graphic design. With the help of Thomas Nelson's Transfer Advising center, he will be continuing his education at Old Dominion University in the fall.

View some of Danny's work below.

Software Engineer obtains critical design skills at Visual Arts School at Thomas Nelson
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