Halo Highlight: Patrick Williams
“Halo Highlight” is a series of interviews showcasing our unique and talented team members. This week, we sat down with Graphic Designer Patrick Williams to learn more about his role, Halo’s company culture, and his ideal time travel destination.
What’s it like being a Graphic Designer at Halo?
I create anything that is essentially a type of advertisement or marketing material, which includes print documents, signage, and graphics for the website. I love being able to take a rough concept and create something out of it! Ideating that concept, messing with different designs, and seeing what works or what doesn’t is a really fun process for me.
What’s the best part about your role?
It’s rewarding for me to learn from other departments that our customers are impressed with the material and design. Working at a smaller company also allows me to have more control and responsibility over the look and feel of what we send out.
Have you always seen yourself becoming a designer?
I had always been kind of an artsy kid. I liked all of my art classes, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do with it or what opportunities were out there. I started out Biology Pre-Med but found myself getting bored, so I switched to design. I like to think that I’m both left and right brained. While art is more concerned with the aesthetics, engineering is more concerned with functionality. I find that design intersects both of that, and it’s rewarding to help people better understand concepts through design.
How did you first hear about Halo Communications?
I found out about Halo through one of those job portals or recruitment sites. The company was much smaller at the time – I think there were around nine people in the Cincinnati office with maybe six or seven in Columbus. My two-year anniversary with the company was actually back in August!
What’s your favorite part about working at Halo?
I like the people I work with, not just within my department, but also throughout the company. It’s a group of really talented people who are invested in their role, who are all doing the best they can. Being surrounded with that kind of ambition, encouragement, and support really shows how Halo’s a place that invests in their employees.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
It’s kind of a funny story. Whenever anyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grow as a kid, I’d always say rich. It was never a concrete profession. I had a sense that I wanted to be someone that was creative. It was all about taking whatever ideas I had in my head, putting them to paper, and then making something out of it.
What’s your go-to drink from the coffee machine?
If you could time travel, which period of time would you go visit?
The skeptic in me is saying that I wouldn’t go back in time because the concept is paradoxical. If I had to pick, I’d want to go to the future and see the state of humanity and how technology has advanced. It would be interesting to see everyone’s lifestyles because there’s only so much you can learn from books.
If you could learn anything new, what would you like to learn?
I love learning new trades, and I’ll watch YouTube tutorials to follow along and make things. It’d be cool to learn how to do some simple programming through Raspberry Pi or smaller electronics.