Harper Barth

Art Director/Visual Designer
Savannah, Georgia
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I was born into this world on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. Grew up eating delicious leftovers that my parents would bring home from craft service, they both worked on the production crew for tv commercials. Went to a bilingual elementary school where I became fluent in spanish. Much to the confusion of latinos in LA who assume la ~gringa~ no puede hablar español. Downside to being a twin: had to share every birthday party :/ Upside to being a twin: he made me very competitive, so maybe I should write him a thank you note one of these days. I breathe in a lot of oil paint fumes, and this will probably shave a good 5 years off of my life. Right handed and right-brained. I prefer my hiking boots over my sneakers, but my thrifted cowboy boots over my hiking boots. Oh yeah- I’m a senior at the Savannah College of Art and Design. For the purposes of getting a degree I’m an art director- but I believe that people are never just one thing.

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The Savannah College of Art and Design
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Fluent in Spanish. Proud parent of a bronze One Show Pencil for the Young Ones 2020.
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I was born into this world on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. Grew up eating delicious leftovers that my parents would bring home from craft service, they both worked on the production crew for tv commercials. Went to a bilingual elementary school where I became fluent in spanish. Much to the confusion of latinos in LA who assume la ~gringa~ no puede hablar español. Downside to being a twin: had to share every birthday party :/ Upside to being a twin: he made me very competitive, so maybe I should write him a thank you note one of these days. I breathe in a lot of oil paint fumes, and this will probably shave a good 5 years off of my life. Right handed and right-brained. I prefer my hiking boots over my sneakers, but my thrifted cowboy boots over my hiking boots. Oh yeah- I’m a senior at the Savannah College of Art and Design. For the purposes of getting a degree I’m an art director- but I believe that people are never just one thing.

1. What's the most courageous thing you've ever done?

Courage stared me straight in the face. No seriously, we were presenting to Catherine Courage, VP of UX for Google. And we had her attention. It was the Google 2020 Leadership Summit, in one of the conference rooms at their headquarters in San Francisco. Myself and five other ladies from our team were presenting the culmination of our 14 weeks spent researching and producing a solution for a problem Google had given us to solve. See they came to us and asked us to tackle this prompt: “How might Google imagine the future of online advertising?”. We quickly realized that to have successful future advertising we had to face the issues of data transparency and trust. I suppose telling one of the largest tech companies that they aren’t doing a stellar job with their data privacy and trust departments was, er, courageous. Another word that comes to mind is risky. Even so, we stood up there and told them that they were failing. That they had lost the trust of their users. We outlined the steps to fix these issues, and introduced them to our interface which created a new way for people to control and manage their data. It was the most important presentation I’ve ever had to give, in front of a panel of Googlers who quite literally controlled the design of the entire company. So yes, Courage stared straight at me, and I stared straight back.

2. How are creativity and innovation related?

Much in the same way that gravity and inertia are related. The gravity of both the sun and planets work with inertia to keep them orbiting consistently. It’s the inertia that pushes them to remain in constant forward motion, so without each other they are nothing. If innovation is inertia in this scenario, then it would remain unchanged without the outward force of creativity. Was that too much science? Probably. But it turns out the shit you learn in high school physics is good for something.

3. Why do companies need clarity and creativity?

Clarity acts as a funnel of sorts for creativity. I think if companies have a lot of creativity and not enough clarity, it would be easy to get lost in the beautiful chaos that comes with the most creative ideas. Creativity is great, but being able to express those creations to the world in a clear way is even better.

4. You have 30 minutes of free time. What do you do with it?

What’s free time and where do I get some? ...seriously.

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?

One bold goal I have is to create a company (yes that’s code for *app*) that helps people manage their chronic illnesses. I’m a Type 1 Diabetic, and I feel that the system for managing this disease is so broken and unorganized. (You didn’t hear it from me, but I’ve actually been spending the last year researching, designing and developing solutions to these problems in the medical hell that I live in.) I guess you could say that I wasn’t going to wait around any longer for someone else to fix it for me. Let’s be honest, nurses told me when I was diagnosed at 12 that there would be a cure by the time I was in my 20’s. And it may have been rude, but I laughed at them. I mean I was 12, but I wasn’t ~stupid~.

6. Explain your creative process

If I were to take a wild guess I’d say at least 60% of applicants used the word “coffee” somewhere in their answer to this question (can someone get back to me with the stats on that?). Okay, okay, I’ll break it down for y’all. Paper first, whenever possible. Dive deep into the subject at hand. Like method acting but for...art directors? Read a lot. Research. Write phrases down. Sketch ideas out. Find the hidden threads that connect them all. Send Luke Sullivan my ideas. He tells me they suck. Think of more ideas. Luke likes these. Work until my vision gets blurry, and then realize I should probably put my glasses on (a fairly new development in my eye health). Birth out my baby and watch with misty eyes as it takes a life of its own without me.

7. What is the best advice that you have been given?

The summer when I was 13 my father gave me a copy of To Kill A Mockingbird. This was an important moment in my life because I was named after Harper Lee, and my father had wanted me to wait until I was old enough to not only read it but appreciate it. Inside of the first blank cover page he wrote down the most impactful piece of advice in the book: “Atticus, he was real nice.” “Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.”

8. What is your definition of creativity?

The endless pursuit of curiosity and the things we make to satisfy it. Creativity can be learned, but you can also tell when someone has it deep in their marrow, because no matter what they do it presents itself. It shimmers just below the surface, waiting to be tapped into.

9. What 10 songs are on your favorite playlist right now?

1. When the Morning Comes by Daryl Hall & John Oates 2. Julia by Mt. Joy 3. Balance ton quoi by Angèle 4. Nothing on Me by Paul Williams 5. Things Won’t Go My Way by Peach Tree Rascals 6. I’m Coming Home by Lee Fields & The Expressions 7. The Ghost I Used to Be by Vinnie Paz 8. Hell N Back- by Bakar 9. Orange- by Clay 10. It’s a good day (to fight the system)- by Shungudzo

10. How do you want people to remember you?

As Harper. Not Parker, or Piper or Carter (it happens more than you would think, trust me.) And also...as someone who is always quick to come up with a smile, a bit of wit, or a great idea. As someone who is resilient and creative in all aspects of her life. As someone who is going places, but not so fast that she doesn’t have time to stop and help bring someone else along with her. Now that’s enough about me, what about you?

Passport is valid for next 12 months

Yes

Which country issued your passport?

United States

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