Gomez-The Graphic Design Guru By Trishna Buch
The Post has made some staff changes and this issue highlights our new Production Manager—Tina Gomez. Gomez joined The Post in May.
“I’ve always been interested in graphic design,” Gomez told me. “I have been doing graphic design—in some form or another—since I was 20 -years-old.”
Gomez’s career in the graphic design field began in 1985 when she worked at the University Of Texas Medical Branch, designing their newsletter. “I took it upon myself to design the newsletters,” she told me. “I would find articles to boost morale in the workplace, include computer user tips, birthdays and fun stuff like that. I just wanted to be able to communicate informative fun things to everyone”
After 13 years with UTMB, Gomez took up a position at Dillard’s. While at the clothing company, Gomez worked for Christian Dior Cosmetics as a makeup artist and was also given the opportunity to design the company’s posters. Tina still works for Christian Dior cosmetics as a freelance makeup artist when time allows her to.
Prior to joining The Post, she worked as a Community Relations & Communications Assistant for TCISD.
Gomez, who studied Graphic and Web Design at the College Of The Mainland, was recommended to The Post by her professor, Coleena Jackson and hired by Post publisher, David Day. “When I met Tina I was very impressed by her background, experience and creativity,” Day said. “Her willingness to take on a challenge is really going to help the paper reach more heights.” Jackson added, “Tina is an oustanding example of a sucessfull community college graduate. She is a great designer and uses her talents to get involved and give back to the community. I think The Post is very lucky to have her.”
And when I asked Gomez about what drew her to The Post, she said: “I enjoy the challenge of finding the best places to put stories. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle.”
Taking her love for design one step further, Gomez is also the marketing and public relations manager for the Tutu Live Krewe—an all-female marching group that marches in parades all around Galveston County. Be it a Mardi Gras parade, July 4th parade, Christmas parade or anything in between—the Tutu Live Krewe will be there. As their marketing and PR manager, Gomez is responsible for designing and maintaining their website, designing posters, taking part in radio interviews and doing everything she can to ensure everyone is aware of the krewe and all of its activities.
A self-proclaimed music junkie, Gomez loves to listen to all genres of music.
“I pretty much listen to music non-stop, wake up to music, work to music, and fall asleep with my music. Music just really moves me” she told me.
But as much as she loves design and music, Gomez does not enjoy watching television. In fact, the only shows she does watch are Grey’s Anatomy, So You Think You Can Dance and The Walking Dead. She did admit, however, that she is behind on all three of the shows. And for good reason. “I stopped watching The Walking Dead when they killed off Glenn.” She told me.
“I just haven’t been able to get back into it”
Gomez is a talented, hard-working individual who has proven her skills at The Post in the few weeks she has been here. As a reporter, and coworker, I am impressed with her skills and cannot wait to see where she takes the paper in the future.
And Day agrees. “Tina is bringing a more appealing look to the paper,” he said.“Her positive attitude and willingness to take on a challenge is going to help the paper become the community paper we want it to be.”
Tina is a Galveston native and has lived in Dickinson area for the past 18 years. She has four kids, Taylor, Stephanie, Kaleb and Kendall.