1. What was your favorite toy as a child? And now?
What was my favorite toy as a child? Just one?? I don’t think I could possibly narrow my choice to one. I remember being a very busy kid, going frequently from one thing to the next. The only thing I remember holding my attention for extended amounts of time were my crayons and paper or a good book. Some things never change! And now? Anything my son brings me and say “Mama, play with me.” is my favorite toy. A close runner up would be pen and paper. They never disappoint.
2. What design skill would you like to have or improve upon?I would love to be able to hand render type. I have seen some absolutely beautiful lettering lately, and I am envious of those with that amazing talent.
3. Do you have any interesting rituals that are part of your process or inspiration?
Interesting? Not terribly. But I do have to clean my desk. I think it is symbolic of clearing away the mental clutter that keeps me from working efficiently. I usually have to pour myself a cup of coffee and either flip through some of my design books or browse some of inspirational sites. Then I grab a notebook and pen and have to get something down on paper. Unless I am facing a tight deadline, then I will just start on the computer.
4. What was the best piece of advice anyone ever gave you about being or working as a designer?
The only advice I remember anyone ever giving me that has helped me as a designer came from one of my 5th grade teachers: “The turtle never gets anywhere unless he sticks his neck out.” I have reminded myself of this fact often in design and in life.
5. What defining moment stands out as a turning point or important decision in your design career?
Resigning from my first design job was a huge turning point for me. It was comfortable, safe and lucrative. But I was bored. I didn’t choose to be a designer to be bored. So, I decided to shake things up and try freelancing. Best decision ever!
6. If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as a mentor?
Phillip Meggs. Fascinated by where we have been as designers. Intrigued by where we are going.