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DAAP Education Leads Alumna to Study and Work in Europe

DAAP alumna Cindy Malon was able to pursue study and work in Europe after earning her UC graphic design degree.

Date: 7/9/2011
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
Photos By: Provided by Cindy Malon

While a student in the University of Cincinnati’s internationally ranked School of Design, part of the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP), Cindy Malon took classes with instructors from the around the world.
Cindy Malon
Cindy Malon

That, in turn, led her to study and work abroad once she graduated in 1987.

Today, Malon is working and raising a family in Belgium after periods of study, teaching and work in the United States, Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

These varied experiences, that any DAAP student or graduate could envy, included co-opping in Hamburg, Germany, during her junior year at UC as well as later professional work in that country; working on Cincinnati’s Tall Stacks event; advanced graphic design studies in Basel, Switzerland;  freelancing in Paris, France; studying fine art at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, the Netherlands; teaching at Ohio University; and now writing a book while in the process of moving to Belgium.

Throughout, the lessons learned at DAAP have remained with her. Says Malon, “I think the most important things I learned at DAAP were about never being satisfied with a first result and that there is always room for improvement. I think this methodology started in foundations and continued through the program. We trained the eye, and also at the time, acquired all of the skills related to the ruling pen, brush, precise cutting, pasting and more.”

She recalls that the most fun aspect of being a DAAP student was “the late nights working with everyone in studio” while the most challenging was “probably Robert Probst’s drawing class.”

However, Malon has come to appreciate the tough teachers: “I think what I take away from DAAP as a favorite memory was how well all of the professors taught us and the depth of learning experienced.”

In fact, she advises today’s students to take advantage of every opportunity DAAP offers in order to prepare for a varied career. These opportunities would include lectures, shows by other departments, co-op and travel, attending both art museums and arts libraries, according to Malon.

That just might lead to living, working and studying almost anywhere in the world.

Though, Malon admits to one drawback to such a career: “Other places don’t have Skyline and Graeter’s! I really miss them!”