Though the reasons for joining and positions on the staff may differ, alumni reminiscing on Thread recall the experience career-wise and emotionally as unforgettable. “I love that publication like it’s my baby and everybody that’s a part of it is always going to be family,” said Samantha Güt, a 2019 graduate and former design editor.
In honor of the 10th anniversary issue, we wanted to spotlight some alumni who dedicated their college years to build and continue Thread’s legacy at Ohio University.
Annie Cercone, 2007-2011, Asst. Design Editor
Advice: “Enjoy all the resources that are available to you.”
Cercone has been working as a freelance designer for the past two years in Los Angeles and is now in Portland, Oregon. With her variety of clients, Cercone spends her day taking meetings with current or new clients and working on the various projects she’s commissioned to do. Her day-to-day differs, as she makes her own schedule freelancing. While in school, Cercone joined Thread to meet people, flex some of the design skills she’d been working on, and for her love of collaboration for putting together a publication that she felt was extremely unique. Thread was where Cercone was able to hone her design skills and gain great experience. “It’s super valuable in that way just to give you that experience of, like, creating something with your peers,” Cercone said.
Holly Fisher, 2007-2011, Photography Chief
Advice: “Take as many risks as you can while you’re in college.”
Fisher works as a film producer and is currently between Brooklyn and Los Angeles. She’s mostly worked with ad agencies producing commercial content, and most recently worked on the New York Times campaign called “The Truth Is Worth It”, which she describes as her proudest project. While in school, Fisher joined Thread because she was close friends with the woman who began the publication and wanted to help her get the ball rolling. At Thread, she handled a lot of the production for photoshoots; handling casting, locations, and creative direction, Fisher did it all. It wasn’t until she left OU, however, that she discovered the proper term for that position is film producing. “I didn’t know that could be a job — I thought that was just the situation I was in at OU,” Fisher said. “But it’s actually become my full-time job.” She’s grateful for her lifelong connections and friends she made there, as well as the opportunity to discover her passion for production.
Samantha Güt, 2015-2019, Design Director
Advice: “When it comes to your VisCom work or anything for your major, treat it like you would if you were giving it to someone at an office or in the workforce, because then it’s getting you into the mentality of working in the office.”
Güt works in Florida as the lead designer for the Orlando Business Journal, where she designs and lays out the issue each week while making the stories visually interesting through graphics, photos, and other design elements. She also creates infographics in each issue. While at school, Güt joined Thread for her “13 Going on 30” moment, being a part of a magazine. She researched Thread before she got to OU and knew she would be a part of the publication and one day design director. She refers to Thread as the staple of what she’s doing now. Being design director for two years not only helped her understand how to work with a staff, but also taught her how to art direct and how to be a better designer in general. “There’s so many different people that are expressing themselves and using their creativity through their clothing, and I just thought it was awesome to get to see that from this magazine,” Güt said.
Alex Vella, 2016-2020, Design Director
Advice: “Apply early for jobs [and] reach out to contacts you know.”
Vella lives near Cleveland, Ohio in Aurora, where she works for Sherwin-Williams and is currently a part of its IT rotational development program (SWAT). With the program, she’ll do two nine-month rotations. She just finished her first rotation as an IT analyst/developer and will be starting her next rotation on the User Experience (UX) Team. While at school, Vella joined Thread to get involved in extracurriculars with her design major and meet more people. Thread was something that stood out in her interview with Sherwin-Williams; it showed the company she was able to balance her time well and have good organization skills, as well as having the creative background with software like the Adobe suites. “I loved how much I learned about InDesign and Illustrator,” Vella said. “You just get that extra knowledge that you might not necessarily get in the classroom.”
As Thread grows and changes, so does its staff. While new generations of writers, designers, photographers, and more contribute to the publication, alumni are taking the skills they learned and applying them to their post-graduate jobs. One thing they all have in common: Thread left a lasting impact on them in every aspect of their lives. “I can’t believe a vision I was told about on a local city bus in Spain is still an ongoing thing that so many people are involved in. It’s pretty cool,” Fisher said.