Agrible intern receives University of Illinois Research Park award

Agrible is excited to announce that our Graphic Design Intern, Alexa Musgrove, is the winner of the 2017 Most Advanced Marketing/Business Development Intern, presented by the University of Illinois Research Park. From the competitive field of nearly 150 entries, only six awards were given to highlight various interns and their successes throughout the summer. We are proud to have Alexa as a part of the Agrible team.

Agrible's Cynthia Bruno, Chief Strategy Officer, and Alexa Musgrove, graphic design intern. 

Agrible's Cynthia Bruno, Chief Strategy Officer, and Alexa Musgrove, graphic design intern. 

Musgrove is a part of the Agrible design team. She works on botanical illustrations, software design, product marketing materials, and social media support. Musgrove completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in global studies, a minor in anthropology, and a certificate in global business culture with a Latin American concentration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently a student in the interactive design certificate program at Parkland College. Musgrove is a valuable member of our Agrible team, always bringing a positive attitude and fresh ideas to the table. To highlight her successes, we sat down with Musgrove and her nominating manager, Jessica Zanders, Art Director at Agrible, to talk about her accomplishments: 

Agrible:
Why did you want to nominate Musgrove for this award?

Zanders:
Alexa is dependable, efficient, and dedicated to going beyond the expectations set out for her. She has added true value to Agrible. Her willingness to take on difficult projects and see them to successful completion has repeatedly impressed me. Alexa’s positive attitude and communication skills have had a huge impact on our team’s work, productivity rate, and morale. She strives to learn, not only at work but on personal time, by pursuing a certificate in interactive design and volunteering her design skills for community projects. Alexa works with a high level of integrity, and has been an exemplary member of our team.

Agrible:
In what ways do you feel Musgrove has grown in her position? 

Zanders:
Since Alexa started at Agrible, she has refined her typographic skills, learned animation software, developed an understanding of interactive design and the considerations needed to create positive user experiences, and improved her ability to articulate design decisions.  

Now let's hear from Alexa Musgrove. 

Agrible:
What is your favorite part about working at Agrible?

Musgrove:
My favorite part about working at Agrible is that I am given the opportunity to learn new skills and be creative every single day. On many projects, I am challenged and given the chance to try new things. I’ve been given the opportunity to teach myself how to make short animations and design responsive web pages, software user experiences and interfaces, and images for marketing materials—from social media posts and print materials, to entire trade show booth designs. I am so grateful for the supportive environment that Agrible has provided for me to gain so many valuable experiences and skills. 

Agrible:
How have your skills grown since starting at Agrible?

Musgrove:
My skills as a botanical illustrator and graphic designer have grown tremendously during my time here at Agrible. As a botanical illustrator at Agrible, I have been challenged to research and learn about each crop and how it grows—from seed to maturity—and produce handdrawn illustrations of each growth stage. Through the wide variety of graphic design projects that I’ve had the opportunity to work on, I believe I have greatly strengthened my problem solving skills for both marketing and product design. 

Agrible:
What does winning this award mean to you?

Musgrove:
I am so happy and honored to have received the Most Advanced Marketing/Business Development Intern Award. Each day, I work towards learning new things and striving to become better at what I do. Furthermore, I began the interactive design certificate program at Parkland College in the spring semester of 2017 with the intention of further contributing valuable skills to the design team at Agrible. That being said, it feels amazing to be recognized for all of this hard work, and I am so grateful to work for such a supportive company that thought to nominate me. 

Agrible:
What do you hope to achieve in your future career?

Musgrove:
I would like to make holistic and intuitive user interfaces and become the best I can at creating exceptional user experiences.