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I try my very hardest to do the best work I can, and if I ever need help, I am not afraid to ask for help in order to grow. I take criticism well and my projects turn out better this way as I am not afraid of a challenge.
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My name is Elyssa Biringer and I am a designer currently studying in the York University/Sheridan College Program in Design (YSDN) for my Bachelor of Design Honours degree. I am a member of the Registered Graphic Designers of Canada's Student Committee and have proudly participated in many volunteer activities through the association. Accessibility in design is an issue I am quite passionate about and I believe there is always room for improvement in that sector of design.
I hope to never stop learning and strive to keep taking on new challenges in order to push myself. I have a passion for branding, typeface design, UX/UI, packaging design and have recently become very interested in motion design. Along with my design interests, I also love photography, singing, acting, reading, and simulation/management PC games. When I go back home to Kingston, Ontario, I love spending time with the family poochie, Gracie, and relaxing by the lake at my parent's house.
1. What's the most courageous thing you've ever done?
In grade 11, I was an exchange student in Italy for the year. I lived with different host families, went to school, learned the language (from scratch) and learned about the culture, and myself. This experience was wildly out of my comfort zone at the time since I would have to live away from my parents for an extended period of time. In this experience, I learned how to live for myself, make my own decisions, and crack out of my shell. Since then, I have felt more comfortable going up to strangers and introducing myself, something I would never have done the year before, and I do not regret the experience one bit.
2. How are creativity and innovation related?
Creativity and innovation both bring some new ideas into the world. They come from ideas within your mind and get put in place when you put pen to paper. While creativity is more artistic than basic innovation, they have very similar, if not identical outcomes when it comes to design. Being innovative as a designer means using creativity to find a new approach to a problem.
3. Why do companies need clarity and creativity?
Companies need clarity in order to understand who they are, while they need creativity to express who they are. A company without a clear mission statement or clear goals on what they want to achieve through their brand does no better compared to its competitors. Meanwhile, a company without creativity does not stand out among its competitors. Having a balance of both creativity and clarity allows for a company to make an impact on its audience and make a difference in the world.
4. You have 30 minutes of free time. What do you do with it?
As a tv lover, I would watch an episode of a tv show, either new show, one that I am currently watching, or go back and rewatch part of an episode of Jane the Virgin (my favourite show which is a lot better than it sounds).
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?
As a theatre kid a heart, I have always dreamed of having designed the poster for a Broadway play that would appear in Times Square. While this doesn't sound like a risky and bold goal, I have done some research of the design community surrounding Broadway for my upcoming thesis project, and there aren't many female designers who are prominent in this part of the industry. I think that being one of the first female designers to make a large impact on this sector of design would be bold. Around this topic, I believe there is also a lot of room for innovation in the theatre and musical theatre sector which could benefit from a graphic designer. If I could even make live
6. Explain your creative process
I start off by writing or drawing down initial ideas, before researching, since sometimes some of the best ideas come out this way. Once I’ve run out of ideas, I begin looking in various places online. In the past, on a project I made for a fictional South African restaurant situated in Toronto, I looked into SA art, culture, and hot spots to see what colours, patterns, and design trends were present in order to guide my work. This led to a more authentic design than simply creating from my own ideas. Looking at, comparing, and contrasting similar ideas or competitors in the design I am working on also helps me see what is already done and where there is room to explore. Once the preliminary research part is done, I begin sketching some more, then researching more, then sketching more, and so on until a clear winner idea is presented. From there, I work towards the final piece, making sure to take some much-needed food/tv breaks in order to curb the burnout, and in the end, there is a beautiful piece left over. If I am satisfied with the final project’s outcome, I might even create a process book showing the project from the beginning to the end to have as a piece to have in my portfolio.
7. What is the best advice that you have been given?
My aunt, just a few months ago, told me to get out there and try new things since that is the only way you will meet new people and experience new things. She prefaced her advice by telling me the story of how she met my uncle by saying yes to a woman (a stranger) who asked her if she could fill in at a hockey game for her team. If she hadn’t said yes, she would have never met my uncle, and I would have never had cousins. I think about this story a lot and what she said because I have been feeling a little stuck, especially with the current circumstances, with meeting new people. I hope to one day put her advice to use.
8. What is your definition of creativity?
Having an idea that you came up with (either through research or pure imagination) come to life, whether it is the final product or not.
9. What 10 songs are on your favorite playlist right now?
"SUPERBLOOM" by MisterWives (have been a fan of them for a long time and this song is such a bop), "Kinky" by Kesha (puts me in a fun mood), "Happen To Me" by BENEE, "River" cover by Sam Smith, "Vienna" cover by Sam Smith, "Waking Up Slow" by Gabrielle Aplin, "Doomed" by Moses Sumney, "I Could Be In Love With Someone Like You" by Aaron Tveit,
"Door Number Three" by Sara Bareilles, and last but not least "Room" by Shaina Taub (my absolute favorite song of all time).
10. How do you want people to remember you?
If people could remember me as someone who is attentive and fun to be around, that would make me very happy. I often find myself making sure everyone is being heard, especially in large group conversations by ensuring to have eye contact with those who are talking.
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