How long have you been at HZ?
I've been here for just over 10 months.
How would you describe your design style?
I'm not sure. I try and sneak in a lot of hand-done elements when I can. Watercolors, hand lettering, scanned textures. As a digital designer, I think it makes work look more human. It's cool to bridge those two worlds when I can. But I also use a lot of gradient masks, so that's probably my "style," if I'm being honest.
Is there a design trend you really love (or really hate)?
I hate the Brutalist movement of design. I really tried, but I don't get the appeal at all.
Are there any brands you would consider a dream client?
NASA. I almost changed my major in college to physics, so getting to do literally anything for NASA would be a dream come true. But if Lucas Films wanted to hit me up to do a Star Wars poster I would be down for that, too!
What other designers inspire you?
I love Shepard Fairey's design work and I've been getting really into sports graphic design, but mostly I get inspired by illustrators. Annie Wu, Olly Moss, Ira Margaretha Sluyterman van Langeweyde, and Alyssa Mees are some of my favorites that I look to a lot. They just get me excited about art and design. I'm also really lucky to have friends that are doing really cool things in video, photography, design, illustration, and music, so they inspire me too.
What inspired your wallpaper?
If I had a knuckle tattoo it would be "Hold Fast." I repeat it like a mantra when things gets crazy (which is always) so that phrase is in my head a lot. I also draw a lot of plant life in my free time—it's my version of yoga. Super zen. This seemed like as good a time as any to illustrate a cool chick with flower tattoos and a back patch.
Who would you like to nominate for our next featured designer?
I will pass the ball three feet over to Junnie Shah, also of the Baltimore office.