RFI Graphic Design Intern Kara Sloane appears on Rural Futures Podcast Episode 24


March 20, 2019 — “Any great company has good design,” says RFI Graphic Design Intern Kara Sloane.

The Omaha, Neb., native, a junior Graphic Design student in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, digs into graphic design in rural, urban and beyond during the Bold Voices student segment of the Rural Futures Podcast Episode 24 at 10:49.

The weekly podcast, “Rural Futures with Dr. Connie,” debuts every Tuesday, featuring a University of Nebraska student within a primary interview of a researcher, futurist or rural maverick creating leadership, technology and collaborative opportunities for rural communities across the country. The podcast is hosted by Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D., RFI Interim Executive Director and Chief Futurist and is available across listening platforms — iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloudGoogle Play and Spotify.

During her segment, Sloane shares the insights she gained through working for the Rural Futures Institute as a graphic design intern. Learning to adapt her designs and workflow have been central lessons during her internship. “What I’ve learned the most is probably working in a more corporate environment, working with a team and meeting deadlines,” she says.

“I think the most important part of graphic design is what goes unnoticed,” Sloane says. Good design goes beyond logos or aesthetics, according to Sloane. “It’s really about making an identity for something and showing its history and meaning.”

Based on her experience as an RFI intern, Sloane shares her insights on graphic design in rural communities. “Rural holds a lot of potential that isn’t represented in its design,” she says. “In the future, if we represented rural in a more future-focused way that is more professional but exciting too, I feel like it would bring out this possibility,” she continues.

Sloane has learned that valuing other people’s opinions and critiques is valuable for graphic designers and creators. “Your graphic design is not just for you to make and sit in your room,” she says. “It’s for everyone else out there to experience, so what other people have to say about it is really important.”


About the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska
The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska leverages the talents and research-based expertise from across the NU system on behalf of rural communities in Nebraska, the U.S. and around the world. Through a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, RFI encourages bold and futuristic approaches to address rural issues and opportunities. It works collaboratively with education, business, community, non-profit, government and foundation partners to empower rural communities and their leaders.