Alumni Profile: Bradley Furnish

Editorial Assistant, Pixar Animation Studios

Provide an educational background including professional experience.

I received my BFA, with a focus in graphic design, from LSU in 2004. I worked in print design at a few places while I was in school. After graduation, I set out for San Francisco, where I started my own business as a freelance web and multimedia designer. Before long I was also involved in fi lm production and post production. In 2007 I was hired full time by Pixar Animation Studios.

Why did you choose LSU for your education?

I’ve always known I wanted to work in the arts. I knew that a large university would have the programs and resources for me to branch out and eventually hone in on exactly what I wanted to do. Baton Rouge is home so LSU was the natural choice.

How did your LSU degree help to prepare you for your profession?

The graphic design program at LSU has two strengths: an excellent faculty and a collaborative curriculum. I felt I learned just as much working with my classmates as I did from my teachers. Most of the artistry in design and fi lm hinges upon working with and for other people. I had a great time learning how to do just that at LSU.

What current or past research and projects/exhibitions have you done?

I am currently working with the editorial team on Toy Story 3. The crew is fantastic, the work is challenging, and Pixar is a wonderful company. I couldn’t imagine having more fun at any other job.

What are your plans for the future?

I am working on Toy Story 3 until its release in 2010, and I can’t imagine leaving San Francisco any time soon. Now I’m old enough to realize how silly it is to try to plan my life past the next two years. I’ve got a hunch I will still be out here.