Raymund Ramirez

Graphic Designer
Long Beach, CA
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I'm Raymund Ramirez - a Graphic Designer from Orange County, California. I'm fairly competitive and enjoy the feeling of being challenged. I enjoy learning new skills to apply within my 􀃕eld and exercise this by attending competitions and workshops to continue improving as a designer. I've discovered that when I'm surrounded by peers who are motivated and have the desire to excel, this helps me maintain a level of determination to not lose track of the goal ahead. This healthy environment is one I 􀃕nd being most bene􀃕cial for my work ethic. Outside of world of design, I have laid-back attitude and huge appreciation for the local beaches! I enjoy outdoor activities, more recently spikeball and slacklining. With the addition of my new slackline, I want to lean how to do tricks and advanced moves when walking on the webbing. Watching videos of athletes taking the sport to the highest degree, highlining hundreds of feet above the ground, is a goal I want to accomplish in the future.

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OluKai
Freelance Designer
Sep 2018 – Present
Wolff Olins
Intern
Jun 2018 – Aug 2018
Aspen Medical Products
Designer
Sep 2018 – Present
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California State University, Long Beach
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My journey as a designer has been one of continuous growth. This past April I've had the opportunity to exercise my design skills and share my own craft to a crowd of 1,500 attendees, during the 2019 AIGA Design Conference sub event, Command X. Presenting my design alongside 6 other competitors, whom I'm excited to also call friends to receive live feedback from seasoned judges and professionals helped to maintain an open-mind and build confidence.I've worked as a designer with Hawaiian footwear brand OluKai, and also the branding studio, Wolff Olins - New York. Observing the work of my peers, collaborating with successful brands, and always dreaming about working with high profile clients drive my motivation to become a great designer. My motivation to succeed is another important aspect. Finally I always find myself approaching everything with an open mindset, open to criticism.More recently, I've paid attention to the level of care/interest that my creative director has. His ability to see stronger iterations from the design drafts and give feedback to push the direction is an area I would like to improve. The role of a creative director that gives input and builds a vision that has a deep and well thought narrative is a goal I want to achieve later.

1. Why are you interested in wgi?

I'm interested in the 2019 season of WGI because I want to finally experience this opportunity! After making the decision to decline the offer to participate in the first season of WGI, I was on a roller-coaster of emotions. It left me feeling very disapointed in myself that I passed an amazing experience. I was continuously thinking about the possibilities of how awesome it would be to travel the world through a field I enjoy so much, while also gaining exponential insight from various design practices. Given that the second edition is approaching I want WGI to be physical, real, and I want to experience first hand the value of contributing my knowledge/practice as a designer to the partnering studios.

2. What are you looking to gain from an experience such as WGI?

WGI helps peak the interests of the participants by bringing in a well rounded experience through the guidance of seasoned leadership, while also allowing the talent to be continually immersed new environments. Being positioned in new landscapes and soon to be friends will help ignite and inspire creativity and build realtionships. The consistency of feeling fresh will help shape individuals to quickly comprehend the new experiences at an alarming rate, understanding what excites then the most. Decisions will be made faster with the advantage of building more and more confidence behind every move.

3. What would be your goals after completing WGI if you were selected?

One major goal that I would focus on, is taking time to reflect on the experience and maintain the connections that I make. Friendships and strong bonds will be cherished from not only the studios involved, but more importantly the 7 other interns. I'll highlight the most collaborative moments and fun times with friends/colleagues, as this helps provide a good ecosystem. With all that said it will help me understand what I'm looking for in the next design journey. Ultimately down the road, I want to be part of a role that gives direction and has a strong sense of leadership. Learning and observing from others with help craft this vision to become more and more concrete along the way.

4. How did you hear about wgi?

I intially discovered WGI in summer of 2018 after a post from COLLINS' Instagram, promoting open applications for the first edition.

5. Share an example of a time you were most motivated and a time you were most demotivated.

An example of where I was most motivated was understanding that I was unfulfilled with my in-house design job at Aspen Medical Products in 2018. The projects and assignments weren't challenging me to lift my bar of creativity. Being in this position allowed me to exert this energy into my personal portfolio to craft work that I'm happy with. This sense of creative freedom is a learning process because it teaches me the type of work I want to be involved in. An example of when that was most demotivating for me was during one of the projects I was tasked with at Wolff Olins. I was paired with one of the creative directors and felt the pressure to deliver well-thought ideas and design iterations. When I presented my design, unfortunately the drafts weren't well received. I was very upset after the initial feedback because of the harsh critique with little direction from the creative director to provide me with proper direction and motivation to improve the design. It was delivered in a way made me doubt my craft and question my ability to design. On the contrary, what I learned is how to gauge and work efficitently with different people and understand their personalities. This will always be a continuous task to become more familiar with.

6. In your opinion, what creates a great culture at a company?

Great culture at a company starts with leadership that understands two things ideas: 1. Knowing the potential of the younger staff and the curiosity to explore their thoughts and ideas 2. Routinely making an effort to ask not only what they want, but also the younger talent on what they're interested in. I think friendships and the feeling of being comfortable while working for any company helps the environment feel light and welcoming. This helps the most radical thoughts/strategies hold the potential for great work. The ability to maintain the motivation to execute and perform aren't as pressured.

7. What brands and companies do you admire and why?

Aaron Draplin (DDC) - The man himself has an honest approach and positive outlook on design. He is one of my favorite American designers because of his warm personality, followed up by amazing work. I respect how true and direct Aaron can be with his train of thought. Chris Do (The Futur) - Chris' ability to teach and pass on knowledge from his workshops and YouTube channel are extremely resourceful. Countless times I've found myself watching old and new content because of his honest and well thought approach to design thinking. DIA (design studio) - I admire the work and level of creativity and capabilities of the studio. I'm happy they have inspired me through their use of Kinetic Typography and dynamic movements, to learn this skill. Knowing that the demand for this style of execution is high, they've expanded into hosting several workshops to receive creative insight. Awesome. Leta Sobierajski & Wade Jeffree - The dynamic duo from New York contributes a perspective that resonates really well with me. Directly seeing how the couple is able to push each other and connect with their fanbase through Instagram provides a humanist and real approach. This is a direct reflection of their work because it incorporates very physical and tangible experiences, whether it's set design or an integration of large scale installations with an inviting color palette. Nike - I always enjoy how this brand has the ability to partner with creative studios at a global scale. It shows how both Nike and the partnering studio can adapt together and show a range of capabilities. When I walk into a Nike retail store and see the design work done by an outside studio to help generate more brand awareness for the campaigns, it excites me. Creating work that lives in a physical space, while accenting the apparel on the mannequin brings an immersive environment.

8. What do you do to stay sharp and improve your craft?

To stay sharp and improve my craft, I enjoy self-initiated projects in combination with online courses and YouTube tutorials. By doing self-initiated projects it helps me stay in control, while also experimenting with newly introduced skills from the online material. I enjoy being put in uncomfortable scenarios to allow myself to understand what my body is experiencing to work through the unfamiliar territory.

9. What’s your favorite quote?

One of my favorite lines comes from a song titled, The Nights by Avicii. The quote is "One day you'll leave this world behind, so live a life you will remember" These lyrics respond really well with me because I find myself living more in the present. When I'm taking advantage of the current, it helps me simultanousely craft the future.

10. If you could solve one problem in the world what would it be?

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