Design editor remembers past challenges


-30- Column

Nicole Collins, Design Editor.

Photo Credit: Zachary Strain | Daily Texan Staff

Editor's note: A 30 column is a chance for departing permanent staff to say farewell and reflect on their time spent in The Daily Texan’s basement office. The term comes from the old typesetting mark (-30-) to denote the end of a line.

I started at the Texan awkwardly halfway through the 2011 fall semester, my first at UT. As an issue staffer working just one night a week, I felt like I was only able to marvel at the incredible amount of hard work that went into making the paper and the talented people who were a part of the process. While I had massive amounts of respect for them, I didn’t really see myself ever getting to make the remarkable kinds of contributions to the paper that they did.

My design editor, Chris Benavides, definitely took a chance on me when he asked me to apply to be a senior staffer the following spring. Or maybe he was just desperate. I didn’t even know if I was ready to take on that kind of responsibility.

Either way, I am so grateful. As a senior designer, I learned all of the nuances of the newspaper and developed the design techniques and aesthetics that I continue to use in my work today. And one night a week, I was in charge. That was definitely a learning experience.

I grew as a designer and as a person that semester. I owe him and Bobby for teaching me basically everything I know.

As design editor this semester, I have continued to grow and learn so much, and I am so thankful for that opportunity. I feel like I took some chances on people too, and it couldn’t have turned out any better.

To my senior staff: you guys work so hard, and you have made me so proud. Thank you.

To my issue staff: I’m glad you all came on this semester. I have enjoyed getting to know each of you, and I’m so proud of you guys, too.

To my other half, Natasha: thanks for being a wonderful friend, coworker and teacher. I don’t really know what I’d do with out you. You, Lauren and I are going to have some crazy fun times in our apartment next year though, I know that.

To Aleks, the Life & Arts girls, the sports guys and the rest of the staff: you are all wonderful. It has been a privilege working with such passionate, talented and crazy people. It’s been quite an experience. I’ll miss y’all.


Nicole Collins started at The Daily Texan in fall 2011 as an issue designer. She has been a senior designer and is now the design editor.