Jayce Nguyen, Graphic Designer
In March of 2020, I joined The Commonwealth Times. In that same month, COVID-19 was declared a pandemic and completely uprooted life as we knew it.
Everything went virtual. There was no paper to help design. I didn’t even get the chance to create my first layout until later that fall. A part of me felt a bit of envy for past designers as I was isolated behind a screen at home.
Despite these circumstances, the entire team at The CT has accomplished so much in the past 2 years. While reporting and learning from the community we were able to build our own community as well. We continued to build friendships and learned valuable skills from each other, even when the production room was replaced by phone calls and Zoom meetings.
I learned a great deal in my relatively short time here and want to give a huge thank you to the design team — past and present — for all you’ve taught me. To Gabi, Bailey, Clare and Madison, for always creating great visuals and being a super fun group to work with every week. To Andy, for teaching me more about type than my classes ever will. To Rey and Jeffrey, for introducing me to The CT in the first place and making me feel welcome back in March 2020.
To all the editors, illustrators, photographers and writers, I am eternally grateful to have had the opportunity to share space and time with such amazing talent. I know that The CT is in capable hands.
I can’t wait to see what the future holds.