Carbondale gets Snapchat geofilter

By Austin Miller, @AMiller_DE

SIUC students and Carbondale residents can add some style to their Snapchat photos.

Emily Lind, a 2015 graduate of SIU’s School of Art and Design, successfully submitted the first Snapchat geofilter for use in Carbondale.

Lind, a Carbondale native, said several of her friends complained about not having a tag for their Snaps, and suggested she create one because of her background.


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She said she spent two hours painting a watercolor of the Pulliam Clocktower, and another two hours formatting and digitizing it for the web.

Lind said she chose Puliam because of its symbolic representation of the university, and because of its ties to her, having her art and design classes in the building.

“Puliam is really symbolic to the university, being one of the first buildings and kind of the icon of the college,” she said.

After submitting the design to Snapchat after midnight on Tuesday, she was emailed around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday saying her design was approved. She said she was surprised by how fast the process was, with the initial email saying it could be several days before the design was approved or not.

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At about 10 p.m. Wednesday, Lind said she received almost 30 Snaps showcasing her tag and congratulating her.


“It’s cool being from SIU’s art and design department, so I learned how to do that from the school, now it gets to reflect the town and that’s really cool,” she said.

Austin Miller can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @AMiller_DE