Photo: Photo Provided By Loni Lilley / Photo Provided By Loni Lilley
West Brook High School art teacher and department head Loni Lilley tried to capture the look and feel of Southeast Texas in the winning design for a sticker that will be distributed by the Beaumont Convention and Visitors Bureau following a competition on social media.
Oil refinery equipment silhouetted on a purple and orange-hued sunset with a metal outlined wooden “BMT” is the result of the former graphic designer collaborating with her family, and gathering input from the community before starting on her design, which received nearly 400 votes on the bureau’s Facebook page.
“I follow the Beaumont events page on Facebook, and I am really big about dragging my family to all the random events,” Lilley told The Enterprise. “When I came across the sticker contest, I immediately went to my Instagram and posted a question asking my followers what they thought of when they thought of Beaumont and that is how I developed it.”
Lilley, who has been at West Brook for four years, said she got into teaching after working as a graphic designer for several companies.
“I was bouncing from job to job a lot, and it was exciting at first, but I felt like something was missing,” she said. “I wasn’t feeling fulfilled. So I started my online teaching certification … and now I can’t image not being one.”
At West Brook, Lilley said she teaches her students how to design a logo as one of her lessons, and could use the process for the winning sticker in future lessons.
“I do think graphic design is a career that many of them could actually see in their future, so it would be really cool to do a lesson where I do show them my different work and how I got through the process,” she said.
In addition to submitting the piece herself, Lilley said she encourages her students to present and submit their own work as much as possible.
“There is always kind of that fear of having people see your work and them judging it,” she said. “I really hope that me putting my work out there shows them that out just have to sometimes just take the leap and do it.”
And in a nod to her former days as a graphic designer, Lilley will again see the sticker around in public and distributed by the bureau.
“I haven’t really seen my artwork displayed on stuff in a long time because after becoming a teacher. I haven’t done as much freelance work as I used to do,” she said. “So it is going to be exciting to see my work being produced especially a mass quantity like that. I get to pick them up tomorrow, so it is going to be really cool to see.”