Boll had committed to come play for the Mules and was browsing the Muhlenberg website during her senior year of high school when she found something missing for her new team. “I just decided I was going to make us a logo,” she recalled.
The logo was just one of many design projects for Boll, whose talent on the volleyball court (she was named to the All-Centennial Conference second team as a freshman) is matched by her affinity for creativity.
Boll says that when she was little, she was always doing arts and crafts. But her interest in graphic design really took off after she worked on the yearbook staff as a junior at Seacrest Country Day School in her hometown of Naples, Fla.
Watching tutorials on YouTube, Boll learned how to use Illustrator and PhotoShop. Then as a senior, she did an independent study with a family friend who has a master’s in graphic design.
Boll’s biggest project (other than the volleyball logo, of course) was designing a plaque for the sidewalk in front of Seacrest that lists the names of all the members of a graduating class at the small school. The plaque includes a quote from Walt Whitman: “The strongest and sweetest songs yet remain to be sung.”
“It’s funny, because once people know that you do this, they just come to you,” she said. “I had a friend who was starting a restaurant in Naples, and I did a flyer introducing the restaurant. I also did stuff for the yearbook, student government and the prom.”
Boll also does non-computer art – charcoal drawings, paintings and one of her favorites, tattoos. Some of her works are pictured below. She will look to branch out even more when she takes a class on digital photography in the spring semester.
“If it was up to me, I would be taking all art classes!” she joked.
And even though she still intends to major in psychology, another subject in which she has great interest, Boll says she can definitely see a career in design in her future.
“[The family friend] told me once about how he was up all night finishing a project for a customer,” she said. “And I was like ‘I’m jealous!’ I’d love to do something like that.”