1. How long have you been at HZ?
I’ve been here for a mere four weeks, but love it so much already.
2. Is there a design trend you really love (or hate)?
I love and hate brutalist web design. It’s impractical and often trendy for the sake of being trendy. But I also respect the style for breaking rules and trying to be rugged in a retro way. These websites always draw me in, although usually not for the content.
3. What other designers inspire you?
Over the years, following Jessica Walsh has been the biggest force pushing me to be braver and bolder, even beyond design. She’s probably my favorite. I also like Timothy Goodman and Lauren Hom—they’re both powerful and funny. I follow other artists as well, and two that I find particularly delightful are Sean Charmatz and Vincent Bal. They make the most mundane objects interesting!
4. What would your absolute dream client be?
My dream client is definitely Target. I would do anything for them.
5. Tell us a bit about your design—what influenced some of your decisions?
I designed some visual branding assets for a conceptual food technology conference called BITExBYTE. My design suggests the two sides of food innovation: the culinary and the technological.
I really like food, as I imagine most people do. I’m interested in how tech and design are transforming the way we eat (as well as what we eat). This event would be a place for all sorts people to converge and inspire one another, from meal kit start-ups to agricultural research labs, molecular gastronomy professionals to restaurant designers. Plus, I imagine it to have a lot of free samples, Costco-style.