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How long have you been at HZ?
About to have my one-year anniversary!
Do you listen to music while you’re at work? What’s your favorite designing music?
Really depends on what I’m doing. For the most part, though, I’m listening to podcasts. I’m really into 99% Invisible, Serial, Start-Up, and The NoSleep Podcast (if I’m in a fiction mood). When I’m jamming out, gimme something with an upbeat tempo; something I could dance to! Shout-out to those in the HZ-Radio channel on Slack, love learning about new music!
What’s one of the most challenging or difficult things about designing that non-designers might not realize?
Restrictions are great! Some people think we artist-types want to just run free! But, it can end up being like looking at a blank piece of paper and not knowing where to start. Or worse, ending up in the wrong place when the exploration has concluded. Constraints can give you the focus you need. They can even be where you find inspiration! As famous book designer Chip Kidd said, “Limits are possibilities.”
Are there any brands you would consider a dream client?
I’m eager to also get my hands on a winery, brewery, or restaurant (I think I’ve got food on my mind!).
Every creative has little identifying marks, qualities, and techniques—how would you describe yours?
Hmmmm… I’ve been told I have a bit of a whimsical, colorful touch. I enjoy and try to create designs that aren’t perfect; but with personality. I’m also trying to embrace my maximalism tendencies whenever possible.
What other designers inspire you? Who do you think is doing great work?
I love the type-stylings of Jessica Hische and Erik Marinovich of Title Case. And I’ve recently become obsessed with the incredibly detailed, large-scale work of Gemma O’Brien.
Who do you want to nominate to be our next featured designer?
Really been diggin’ Kendall Spangler’s brush work (which has also been featured on HZ’s Instagram)