Tell us why you're the best applicant in under 50 words
I'm genuinely curious about design and love to experiment. I am like a sponge around other designers, everyone has something to teach and I love being around people who are passionate about what they do. I feel I would take this opportunity and push myself to squeeze everything I could out of it. It's a pretty unreal one!
Give us your bio in under 500 words
Hi! I'm Sarah and I'm a graphic designer in LA who loves to experiment in web design, branding, and print. I'm 23, and moved out to LA last year after finishing college in Boston. Design is what keeps me up at night (in a good way), and that's how I knew this is what I need to pursue. I love to play between web design, video editing, and print. I think the multidisciplinary nature of design has made me curious to try new things and take online courses. When I’m into something, I throw 100% of myself into it.
1. What's the most courageous thing you've ever done?
Quitting my last full-time job as a personal assistant and taking myself seriously as a designer. When COVID hit I actually quit my job, which is insane of me, but it gave me the opportunity to reflect and figure out what actually makes me happy. Since then I've bootstrapped the hell out of my situation and have really invested in myself. Which I didn't know I could do! I started calling myself a graphic designer and hacked away at my computer until I had a portfolio I was (almost) happy with.
2. How are creativity and innovation related?
One cannot exist without the other! The practice of being creative quite naturally leads to innovation. Which I think many people think of as the process of pulling a wholly original idea out of thin air. In reality, it's more like the practice of using experiences and inspiration around you to formulate something that is entirely new. But that thing is informed by past knowledge, experiences, and a creative perspective.
3. Why do companies need clarity and creativity?
Fresh perspectives are healthy and prevent creative work from going stale or feeling uninspired. I think change and having something to say is the only thing that keeps companies from dwindling out of relevancy.
4. You have 30 minutes of free time. What do you do with it?
Probably take the first 25 minutes to make something really bad in Photoshop, then use the last 5 to make something actually really cool that I fall in love with and then want to animate!
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?
I feel passionate about expanding creative resources in disadvantaged communities, I'd love to dedicate my life to that and help bring more equality into the creative workforce. It often feels like it takes a certain amount of privilege to even consider yourself a creative, never mind take on a creative career path. Also I'd love to design something massively impactful that sheds light on climate change. I think that's the most important issue we face as humans.
6. Explain your creative process
I'm definitely still figuring it out and learning from others. But I'd say that I spent a lot of time in the research phase. I love when I get down a hole and start uncovering meaning behind something and then connecting it to something else. And then giving those ideas form and life in the concepting phase. If I could live in the researching and concepting phase forever I would!
I look to history, books, and nature a lot when it comes to design research. I like starting out with something organic and then morphing it into a new life that takes on new meaning. I spend a lot of time outside and feel like our natural world is so vibrant and inspiring, and it has a lot of stories to be told. Looking for a story or untold narrative is always a goal of my research phase. Also I'm obsessed with color and love to experiment with color and typography. This past summer I spent a lot of time at old gravesites in New England (lol) looking at the engraved letters on the stone. I like to really get outside and away from my computer during my creative process.
7. What is the best advice that you have been given?
Stop thinking about what other people think. It's super cliche, and it has taken years to sink in. But once it has, you're kind of unstoppable. All of a sudden all my choices have felt entirely my own, and I feel like I have control over my life and career.
8. What is your definition of creativity?
I think creativity all about finding that sliver of YOU in your perspective. There's creativity in everyone, some are more tapped into it than others. In simple terms, it's what makes my stick figure different from yours. Something uniquely me is expressed in mine, and something uniquely you is expressed in yours. That thing is your creativity. Creativity is a cumulation of experiences, tastes, knowledge, backgrounds that inform your unique perspective. When you apply it to projects, tasks, thoughts etc., you're tapping into all of that, and amazing things can happen.
9. What 10 songs are on your favorite playlist right now?
Here's my October 2020 playlist:
1.) DO BETTER - Gunna
2.) Lifeline - AG Cook
3.) Bank on It - Burna Boy
4.) Red Bottom Sky - Yung Lean
5.) Clarity - Kim Petras
6.) New Normal - Caroline Polacheck
7.) Closer & Closer - TOPS
8.) sex money feelings die - Lykke Li
9.) Follow - Kito, ZHU, Jeremih
10.) Note to Self - Jim-E Stack
10. How do you want people to remember you?
That I'm kind, helpful and passionate! But most importantly kind :)
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