KHIS students and faculty are pleased to have Erynn Marlar, class of 05, back in the classroom! Many faculty and admin remember Erynn as one of the students who showed such promise in the field of graphic design and photography. Erynn was the editor for our very own KHIS yearbook back in 2005; if you’re lucky enough to have one of those annuals on your bookshelf at home, dust it off and have a look! You’ll see evidence of the talent she’s honed over her college years and professional career.
Erynn graduated from BYU-Hawaii (in 4 yrs with no debt!) with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies emphasizing in 2-D Art and Instructional Design and Development. She worked part-time at the student newspaper, “Ke Alakai” and was on the team that catapulted it from a traditional newspaper to a new magazine with a redesigned online presence. Since her time at BYU-Hawai’i, Erynn has worked as a Freelance Graphic Designer creating identities for several small companies, wedding invitations, web banners and event tickets. Her ambition and creative energy led her to pursue a Masters in Fine Art emphasizing in Graphic Design at the esteemed Academy of Art, San Francisco. She’s currently halfway through her graduate program but took a break, to get an alternative certificate for licensure in the graphic design pathway for Career and Technical Education at Leeward Community College so she can teach at KHIS. Go Raiders!
Erynn is a huge asset to KHIS as the field of graphic design is ever-expanding and is of great interest to so many of our students. Not only does Erynn have a wealth of knowledge about the academic track for pursuing a degree in graphic design, she also has the career experience and background to teach what she refers to as “industry standard programs”, including the Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) but also wants to introduce basic web design for mobile into the second level design courses. If you ask her students they’ll acknowledge that, “yes— she’s got skills!” but senior Phaidra Michael chimed in: “she’s also easy to get along with.” Erynn laughs and says, “ Yeah, I’ve only had to use my coach’s voice a couple times.” She then went on to explain one of the projects the students are working on, “creating a company to address a social problem- such as homelessness or high school dropouts, and how to solve it through graphic design.” Because, she explains, when it comes down to it, “graphic design is about better communication— through words and pictures.” C