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I am curious and eager to learn new things. I am set to adapt to new environments, to take inspiration from different people and backgrounds. And I always try to make the best out of unique opportunities.
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My name is Asia (yes, like the continent) Reparato and I am a young Italian woman passionate about art, graphic and editorial design, photography, backpacking and eco-sustainability, among other things.
I recently got my Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design and Art Direction from NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti) Milan, where I graduated with honours last December, and, mostly, where I got the chance to study with amazing people coming from all over the world.
When I was 16, I left home, and my family, for the very first time, to do an exchange year in Texas. That was a life-changing experience and it was during that time that I realised life is not meant to be lived in one place only. In my future, indeed, I dream of becoming a digital nomad: a graphic designer able to work from wherever, taking inspiration from different places, cultures and people.
What else? I have a pet tarantula, I love to eat pizza for breakfast, I like airports, cloudy skies and the sea, I believe Marcel Duchamp changed the art-world, and I like to write down my thoughts, hopes and pretty much everything on my iPhone notes.
1. What's the most courageous thing you've ever done?
I am still trying to figure out what the word “courageous” really means to people. I got described courageous by many when I left home at 16 to move overseas, although, to me, that was an easy choice. Again, I got described courageous some months ago when I went solo-traveling around Southeast Asia for over two months (COVID-19 forced me to stop traveling), even though I was only quenching my hunger for wandering and discovering new places. Truth is, courage is a very subjective thing. I sometimes fear people's judgment, thus, to me, courage is about doing what I feel like doing without worrying too much about others’ opinions.
2. How are creativity and innovation related?
I believe there would be no innovation without creativity. Innovation comes from creativity. Creativity allows to develop ideas, concepts and visions that bring innovation to life. Creativity is what people need to create something innovative and that’s why the world needs creative individuals.
3. Why do companies need clarity and creativity?
Companies need clarity and creativity to move forward, to be more open-minded and flexible, and, thus, successful.
We are now in a world where everyone can create something and share it with one simple click, so it is important that companies that want to make it in such a competitive and saturated reality invest in hiring creative individuals, able to deliver even the “messiest” concept in a simple and effective way, so to make it stand out among a billion of others. A great design, beside being creative, must be clear and easy to understand.
4. You have 30 minutes of free time. What do you do with it?
I either go for a walk, watch something on Netflix, read a book, browse through the pages of an independent magazine (Sabat Magazine is my favorite!), dedicate some time to “crystal healing”, or google some information and curiosities on topics I care about (I am lately getting used to also share facts and tips about eco-sustainability and plastic-free alternatives to everyday products on my Instagram page).
5. What is one risky and bold goal in life you have? Or, if you could dedicate your life to solving one problem, what would it be?
In life, I dream of becoming a digital nomad: a graphic designer able to work from wherever on the planet. I aspire to find a job and to earn money doing something I love, collaborating with innovative brands that share my same passions and ethics, and not to find myself working for someone who has completely different ideals. For example, I would love to use my graphic skills to help people all over the world transitioning into a more eco-sustainable existence. I also hope to be able to help people in many ways, creating graphics that make everything easier and funnier to understand. Finally, I hope I will be able to love Monday mornings as much as Sunday mornings!
6. Explain your creative process
Research, get inspired, write down different thoughts and concepts, develop an idea, create the design, love it, hate it, do it all over again, chase perfection, accept the fact that perfection doesn’t exist, and, finally, complete the work.
7. What is the best advice that you have been given?
To trust time, believe in myself and never stop chasing my dreams. “Dreamers never fail if they don’t stop dreaming”.
8. What is your definition of creativity?
Creativity is to let the mind run free and wild. Creativity is a way of connecting with people. Creativity can sometimes be the biggest challenge, yet give you the greatest satisfaction. Creativity is not always an easy road, but it’s the one with the prettiest view. Creativity is definitely something you should want to surround yourself with.
9. What 10 songs are on your favorite playlist right now?
Ships in the Night (Ryan Mountbleau), Pay Day (The Blues Preachers), Apple Picker Acoustic (Little G Weevil), Sun Queen (Gerry Cinnamon), The Bonny (Gerry Cinnamon), Sleep On The Floor (The Lumineers), Ophelia (The Lumineers), Hawai (Maluma), Here Comes The Sun (The Beatles), Let It Be (The Beatles)
10. How do you want people to remember you?
I hope people will remember me and I hope they’ll remember me as a positive person, as someone they will be happy to meet again somewhere else in the world, as a free spirit, as someone that was able to made them smile, or even just as the one person that helped them walking into a more sustainable way of living. And, if those people are individuals I had the chance to work with, I hope they’ll also remember me as a great mind and team-player, as someone they would want to collaborate with over and over.
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