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Hello, I’m Molly (the Jones).
I’ve studied a Bachelor of Communication Design and love typography, films, photos, and branding. I’m also about to start studying fine arts and teaching.
Some things I love are people, music, swimming, pasta, sunlight, movies, singing really loudly in the car and getting down on the df.
I really, really love design and I'll never stop wanting to learn and grow in my skills and knowledge of design. I'm passionate about broadening people's perspectives through design and creative thinking and I'm excited to look into how to do that through education but I'm also very aware that life and industry experience make a better teacher. I’m a deep thinker but I also love being silly and would love to be able to use the skills I’ve learned to do some good in the world - whatever scale that might be.
1. What's the most courageous thing you've ever done?
The year was 2015. I had left school early to drive an hour down the coast and hang out with the dreamy Aaron Johnson. All my friends were checking their phones, waiting for updates about the hang.
I pulled up at a random local carpark; heart pumping, hands shaking. Then, gliding into my peripherals was the boy of the hour. He skated up to my car and I got out and gave him an overly enthusiastic hug before fetching my own skateboard from the back seat.
We were at a hilly bike track, ready to shred on our skateboards. What I omitted telling Aaron was that I was very much a beginner in downhill skateboarding.
We got to the top of the hill and looked down at the winding, leaf-covered path. Aaron smiled at me and pushed off and I knew there was no going back. He swayed down the hill as if he was a bird flying through the wind – graceful and poised.
Then it was my turn. I didn't push, but instead let the hill take me as slowly as it could to gain the least amount of speed possible.
Within seconds, I was travelling as fast as a slow car. The momentary bliss of the wind in my hair was stifled by the reality that I may not make it to the bottom on wheels. My board started shaking; wobbling a little each way, then the first corner came into view and all hope was lost. I approached the corner at a reckless speed and somehow managed to keep my balance around the bend.
The rest of the hill with its slippery leaves, wide wobbles and tight corners was a blur, aside from the pressing need to just try and stay on the board until the bottom of the track.
I did it! I survived the dreaded hill! I carved!
Aaron was waiting at the bottom, all smiles. "Again?" He said as he begun the trek back up the hill. I couldn't say no to that wide grin, so reluctantly began my own climb back up the hill.
I managed to make it down a few more times with Aaron convinced that I was basically a pro. After an hour of terror, we decided to go down one more time before we went and had some food. A meal with Aaron! Like a proper date! The plans were locked in and I was so ready to be done with this dreaded hill.
Aaron went first and as he rounded the corner, I hesitated and jokingly yelled, "I'll probably break my ankle on this one!"
I pushed off for the last time. The same dread set in very quickly and the same wobbles begun very widely. Naturally, I bent down to try and stop the wobbles and regain some of my balance. What I failed to realise was the bending down made me go a. Lot. Faster.
This time, I got to the first corner and tried to swing my arms to shift my weight and make it around but I was too chicken to swing them properly and I started shifting the other way.
My feet lost the board.
Pain hit me on all sides.
Up was a foreign concept.
Momentum was king.
After minutes of tumbling and bumping and blur and noise, I came to a sudden halt, sitting on my sore bum, holding my sore legs. I couldn't move one of my feet – broken.
I sat for a bit and processed what had happened. My phone had flown further down the hill, past my skateboard. I was alone and broken and I couldn't help but laugh.
"Aaaaarroonnnn!" I called to no avail.
Eventually the happy chap walked back up the hill, wondering what was taking me so long. He saw me on the ground and asked if I was okay. I told him I fell off and I broke my ankle and he laughed because he thought I was joking. I wasn't.
We pondered what to do, halfway down this hill, with me very disheveled. And came up with the DREAM solution. He would carry me up the hill.
Despite the situation, this was the romance I was hoping for and I was s t o k e d. But Aaron was not the buff-est of boys and made it only a couple of metres before needing to put me down to rest. We slowly made our way up the hill, resting very often and I called my friend to pick me up and take me to hospital. When she arrived, Aaron placed me in her car and we all expected him to hop in the front seat, but instead he closed my car door, stood awkwardly for a second and then said, "Cya."
He left. He just went home. ??? I went to get x-rays. Turns out I did enough damage to my ankle to need surgery and I also broke my hand.
I spent the next nine weeks in a wheelchair that I couldn't push myself (because of my broken hand) and they were the most relaxing nine weeks of my life.
2. How are creativity and innovation related?
Creativity and innovation cannot exist without each other. A creative idea is one that is unique and a combination of personal experiences and likes and inspiration and preferences. Often, when creativity is expressed, it is not necessarily a completely new thing, but a new combination of things that is different to what's been seen before. Kinds of creativity could be referred to as innovation when it breaks new ground and becomes a vessel of change.
Innovation can't happen without creativity because it's the original thinking that makes new ideas.
3. Why do companies need clarity and creativity?
I studied communication design and it helped me to learn the importance of clarity in creativity. Communication is just chaos without clarity. Creativity is so important in thinking broadly and developing ideas that make a difference and without the clarity of communicating those ideas, they're lost.
Without clarity, companies may fail to communicate good ideas. Without creativity, they will fail to progress.
4. You have 30 minutes of free time. What do you do with it?
I text all my friends and tell them to meet me at the beach. I change into my one-piece, grab goggles and a towel and head to my bike. I realise I forgot to eat something in the morning, so I run upstairs and get a piece of fruit. Then I race back down and wheel my bike out of the garage. I look at the time and realise I only have 25 mins left. Screw the bike, I'll drive. I get in my car and pick the perfect banger to get me in a beach mood. I wind down my windows, crank the volume and check to see if my friends have replied before I go. The only ones who have replied are busy and the rest are too flakey to say yes so I'm going alone. I drive to the closest beach to maximise time and park in the spot closest to the pool. It's lap time. I PowerTalk to the pool, put my towel down and jump strain in. Freestyle is my go-to so I do that. I remember how unfit I am and take a break every lap or so. I wish I brought a drink bottle. I finish ten laps, maybe – 500 metres is good enough. Then I get out and dry off. My freestyle was so slow that my 30 mins has turned into 50 mins and I'm late for the next thing I have on. But the light is so n ice on the water and the people at the pool are doing so many photo-worthy things that I spend five mins taking photos of the scenery before me. I then drive home.
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?
If I could dedicate my life to solving one problem, it would be thinking's about how to get people out of the poverty cycle. I think in the current state of the world, where a person is born has a huge say in what their future looks like. In developing countries, there are often no opportunities for people to rise out of poverty and if there are, it often doesn't affect the wider community but instead it takes a person or a few people away from the community. there is a great need for people with opportunity and access to resources to use them to make real and lasting impacts on groups of communities and countries stuck in poverty.
I would try and use my skills both in the creativity and empathy to try and partner with others who are already in this process of problem-solving. And I would definitely make a documentary about it.
6. Explain your creative process
My creative process – just like most other creative processes depends on the job and the timeframe and just about every other variable.
But, generally, I stew on things in my head for a long time and look for inspiration while I go about my day. Then I sit down and write a list of all the thoughts I've had and usually get on a roll with ideas. The hardest part for me is then developing those ideas into work that I actually like. I often get sidetracked finessing the details and need something or someone to prompt me to stop. After I finally stop, I'll usually come back to it with fresh eyes and tweak it (or occasionally start again).
I've recently been trying to do work in parts over a few weeks rather than doing a whole project for hours and hours until it's completely finished. It's been a good adjustment to make.
7. What is the best advice that you have been given?
"Do it. Just do it. Don't let your dreams be dreams. Yesterday you said tomorrow so just do it."
8. What is your definition of creativity?
I was going to write 'original thinking' but then I looked creativity up in the dictionary and it already says that, so now it's not really my definition but it also is because I came up with it before I looked it up.
9. What 10 songs are on your favorite playlist right now?
I've just started doing hip hop and it's put me into a bit of an R&B/Soul mood.
1. OG Love Kush pt.2 by Kaiit
2. Super Good by Duckwrth
3. Window by Still Woozy
4. The Dreamer by Anderson .Paak
5. TV Blues by Dijon
6. Can't Fight by Lianne La Havas
7. Still Broke by Samm Henshaw
8. Sweeter by Leon Bridges
9. Yo (Excuse Me Miss) by Chris Brown
10. Petal by Raveena
10. How do you want people to remember you?
I would love for people to remember that my name is Molly and that I am friendly, funny and not like a weird person.
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