What is your one greatest strength and one weakness as a designer?
I feel like my strength and my weakness is the same thing! I am a big perfectionist and that can be great when working on a design because I spend time making sure there are no flaws in my work and that everything looks exactly how I want it to, however it also works against me because I will find myself overdoing it on a project and it can cause me to go nuts!
What defining moment stands out as a turning point or important decision in your design career?
I actually have two! The first one was when I was interning at Brunet-García Advertising, I had the opportunity to create a lot of hand drawn type and illustrations for an event poster for The World of Foote. Later that year it was accepted into CommArts Type Annual 2 and that ended up starting my freelance career part time. My second one was making the decision to pursue freelancing full time so I could focus on my strengths. Things have snowballed from there because I’ve had a consistent workflow for the last several months and had the opportunity to create some really fun and wonderful things.
If you were not a designer, what would you be doing for a living?
When I first went to college I initially went to study classical voice with a concentration in opera, but I switched over to design a semester later. While I was in college I picked figure skating back up and I got my coaching certification so I could teach toddlers and adults how to ice skate, so while I like to think I would have been pursuing opera still, more than likely I would be coaching figure skating.
What was the best piece of advice anyone ever gave you about being or working as a designer?
Do what you love and the work will come, and if you are doing what you love you will never work a day in your life.
Top three bookmarked websites for inspiration?
Design Work Life, Design*Sponge, and Pinterest.
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