Being mentored by Tony as an undergrad student was the single most important part of launching my career. He was extremely generous in helping transform my student graphic design skills to entry-level career skills, as well as giving me numerous opportunities to lead conversations in client meetings and propose my own ideas. Working for Tony is where I learned that a great employee brings solutions to their supervisor instead of problems. Since my graduation Tony has made extra effort to keep in touch with me over the years. He has introduced me to many of history's artists and designers, and his own level of creativity inspires me to keep trying new ideas. I'm so happy for his success so far and would love to see him contributing to the lives of even more students.
Tony is a difference maker, he will benefit any environment he is in for good. He is extremely dedicated to developing his employees/students and brings out their best; not by imposing direction, but by guiding them. As a mentor he has greatly shaped my design philosophy and his advice and example influenced my own life.
There is always something to learn from Tony Carpenter. I don’t mean that he’s a big walking encyclopedia, full of facts and theories and ideas. Tony’s teaching is much more valuable, because he empowers the learner instead of just informing them. I worked for Tony for two years as a junior and senior designer. Every day that I went to work, I felt that I was growing as a designer and gaining confidence in my abilities. I attribute this entirely to Tony’s leadership. He gave me space to work on my own ideas, at the same time carefully mentoring me and elevating my thinking. He didn’t just tell me what to do, although that would have been easier for him. He was never too busy to sit down one-on-one with me because he genuinely cared about my growth. I think that this incredible teaching power comes from his humility as a designer. In a field where ego often plays an outsized role, Tony acts as a sounding board, helping his apprentices to flesh out their ideas, while reminding them of the fundamental principles of effective design.
Tony is a true creative with excellent design discipline and sensibility. He has a sound grasp on design principles, and he directs based on those principles. His passion for good design is contagious, and he has a big heart — which comes through in his work. Working with and learning from Tony was a genuine pleasure!
My experience with working for Tony was invaluable. He has an amazing ability to see the potential in people and pull it out of them in a positive way. He trusted me with two very large and important projects related to the university, and he never put out any of my ideas. Working for Tony was the best part of my college career. He is a great art director and an even better friend.
I worked as a designer for Tony for two and a half years at BYU-Idaho. The experience I gained under him as an art director has become invaluable to me. I was his employee, yet he still took the time to teach and mentor me. I can easily say that I learned more from Tony Carpenter than I did from many of my professors. It is that position that I held at University Relations under the direction of Tony that gave me the skills and experience I needed to be qualified for design positions after leaving Rexburg. He was a successful art director because of his skills in teaching, I am sure these same skills will make him an even more successful professor.
While I worked as a junior designer, Tony was a great mentor to me. He is a talented artist who cares deeply about creating beautiful things. Tony cares equally about people, which is one of my favorite things about him. He made it so enjoyable to learn and come to work each day. While I aspire to become a designer like him, one who practices technical skill with a passion for creative exploration, I also hope to become an approachable, humble, and kind teacher and friend like he has been to me.
Hilary (Perkins) Frisby, Graphic Designer, Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
It has been one of the best experiences and privileges of my career to work with Tony Carpenter at BYU-Idaho Graphic Services about 8 years ago. I didn't realize how much I learned from my short 8 months at Graphic Services until I started working at my first job and no longer had him in my back pocket who had all the time in the world for me. Looking back I'm sure it could have been frustrating for Tony as I struggled through refining my design skills while watching over his shoulder at his desk or staying late to meet a deadline, and in these moments he was always positive, helpful, and encouraging. He guided me in a way that gave me confidence and the design tools I needed to be successful in my current career. I still use some of the trusted techniques today that I learned from Tony Carpenter. He has a love and passion for the creative process that is contagious along with a strong commitment to his family and faith in the Savior. Tony is one of the first people I think of when considering the those who had a lasting impact on my career. I know if he was selected to teach Graphic Design classes at BYU-Idaho he would be a key figure in teaching other students the creative process, integrity, strong work ethic, how to deal with clients, important software design techniques and more. I can't recommend Tony enough for this position, he would be the best.
It was an honor to work under such a talented and motivating art director. It was a bit of a unique experience because he was not only a designer, but an extremely talented illustrator as well. He inspired me to merge the two crafts and take my work beyond just being functional, and making a piece of art as well. No matter what the project is, you know that it is going to look polished and finished. Not only can he execute amazing work, but he has a very creative mind that takes projects and makes them something special. He never stops learning and shares that knowledge with those who work under him. He leads by example, and that inspires people.
I had the pleasure of working with Tony for nearly two years as a junior designer at University Relations. In that time I have learned so much about professionalism, compassion, and design. When I first met Tony I was just starting out with design, I knew hardly anything. Despite this, Tony believed in me and took a chance on me. He took someone who knew nothing and essentially taught them everything in a short amount of time. Through his patience and perseverance he helped me to understand and implement key design principles and strategies early on in my career. He was able to do this not only from his knowledge of design, but also through his care and compassion for the individual. I would have to say that's one of the things that sets Tony apart the most as a mentor. Working with him has been an invaluable experience that I will forever be grateful for.
Tony is an exemplary leader. He motivates with confidence and experience. Tony's work shows a sharp attention to detail and a deep understanding of design and purpose. He understands the balance between aesthetics and clear communication in design. His leadership and encouragement helped me push my work to the next level. I consider him a friend and trust his opinion. Tony can bring the x-factor to whatever challenge he faces.
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Front End Web Developer, Melaleuca
Working with Tony has been a invaluable experience to me as a designer. He exceeded his role as a coordinator by being a teacher and mentor. Tony gave me focused critiques, taught me new techniques, and created work which which has inspired me to unleash creativity without sacrificing concept. He is a talented designer and an inspired leader.
Tony Carpenter is a great designer and instructor. I worked under him as a graphic designer, him being my art director and it was one of the best experiences I've had in my career. I learned more working for him than in any graphic design class I have ever taken.
Tony was my first art director and I am so lucky to have worked with him! He was always patient and helpful but knew when to correct me. I always felt comfortable asking for direction or help on a project and his feedback was invaluable. Tony was always seeking to improve his design and time-management skills, and helped his team to do the same. He's a wonderful mentor and teacher.
Few people have the opportunity to report to a manager who is also a coach and mentor, but I did when I worked for Tony. I worked for Tony as a student designer for University Communications at BYU-Idaho for almost two years. During that time Tony exemplified concern over my growth as a designer, and encouraged me to be creative and explore my different talents in the variety of projects our team was given. Tony also had the ability to help us learn where are talents were, and then taught us how to build them up. What I enjoyed most about working for Tony was his willingness to put his trust in me on big projects and let me learn by experience rather than just telling me about it. He encouraged our team to learn from one another and facilitated an environment where we were open to sharing our ideas and knowledge with each other.
I worked with Tony at Creative Services for BYU-Idaho. He is an outstanding leader and mentor who lead me to create thoughtful concepts and hone my craft as a designer. He is approachable, intelligent and a highly skilled as both a designer and artist.
My first internship experience as a graphic design student at Brigham Young University-Idaho was offered by Tony Carpenter. He was my art director while I interned for the school over the course of a semester, then a year and a half there afterward. Tony introduced me to designers and illustrators that I was not aware of before. This, in turn, opened my eyes to new avenues of creativity and expression that became an important component of my creative growth. While working with Tony, he trusted me to work on several large projects for the school that helped me build my portfolio. During these projects, I was able to further master the tools and processes of my profession which down the road allowed me to qualify for the next step in my creative career. Tony’s instruction during this time sharpened my critical eye for evaluating work and more importantly understanding the steps I needed to improve. I learned so much about how to be a professional creative in a working environment from Tony’s example to the team of hard work, researching effectively and resourcefulness to accomplish any task that was set before our group. If offered the position of an instructor at BYUI, it will be an important experience of growth and development to the students in his classes.
Tony is a really talented art director. He comes up with creative solutions really fast. He definitely has an eye for design. He is a really hard worker, I seem him working early in the morning and quietly working in his office all day. I also really appreciate how much he encouraged me to get off the computer and work with my hands when he was my supervisor.
Tony was one of my best directors that I was lucky enough to work with. He taught me far more than my design classes could teach me while I was a student there. Not only is Tony a very talented artist and always has an attention to detail, he also has a special sense of guiding and teaching, that led me to a better designer and an artist and I am forever grateful for.
Tony is an artist in every way. I’ve had the opportunity to have him as a manager and as a teacher and there’s so much that I’ve learned from his example and expertise. He’s very humble, patient, and very professional in his work and with the people he works with.