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How long have you been at HZ?
My one-year HZ-versary was July 13!
What’s one of the most challenging or difficult things about designing that non-designers might not realize?
Inspiration and creativity can’t be commanded on the spot! For me, at least, creativity doesn’t happen all the time. Sometimes you’re just uninspired or not feelin’ it. Then randomly I’ll have an epiphany in the shower or driving (sometimes when I’m sleeping!) and get really excited and have to start designing immediately. It’s something that can’t be forced, but when inspiration hits, sometimes it’s hard to stop!
Are there any brands you would consider a dream client?
I would love to get involved with a start-up distillery or brewery. I love highly illustrative labels, usually featuring weird things like sailors with beards or really intricate typography. It makes the bottle feel special and unique and sets it apart from all of the other ones on the shelf. I spend more time than a normal human should in liquor stores just looking at the bottles and paying attention the details. Anyway… I digress… my answer is alcohol!
Every creative has little identifying marks, qualities, and techniques—how would you describe yours?
I think I’m pretty messy. I’m all for the pretty and pink and shiny, but my personal style is black & white with ink spots all over the page. I really love handwritten type, especially with a brush pen. I love that every time you write something, it’s different than the last! It’s always special. I’m also really into line drawings. Nothing fancy, but the ones that are messy and imperfect and not smooth and organic.
What other designers inspire you? Is there an account on social media that you can’t get enough of?
I love everything that strangerandstranger.com does. They’re amazing! I follow a lot of accounts on social media that specialize in handwritten type, hand-painted signs, and super-satisfying videos of handwriting. One that I’m particular digging right now is @theletterbuglondon because it’s fascinating how intricate the painted letters are!
Tell us about the inspiration behind your custom wallpaper—and where you find inspiration when approaching new projects.
For starters, there’s that song out right now by Alessia Cara that I really like! A lot of my inspiration comes from music. I also am just really inspired by the phrase. I make so many connections to it, from Maurice Sendak’s book Where The Wild Things Are that I loved as a kid, to Cheryl Strayed’s book Wild, to the amazing movie Into The Wild — there’s just a lot of crossover. I just love the idea of being wild! I also love the style that is trending right now with black-and-white type and natural elements, so I thought I’d give it a try with some stippling!
Who do you want to nominate to be our next featured designer?
Abbey S. in our Baltimore office.