Valeria

Graphic Designer
Berlin
$ 88.00
/ hour
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I'm a Spanish-Croatian graphic designer, specialized on print and typography. I studied medicine for three years before finally accepting I had to be in the creative world and studied graphic design at ELISAVA School of Engineering and Design (in Barcelona). I graduated last year (2019). I became attracted in pursuing a career in Design after a realization that I was craving for something more creative in my life, since I was studying medicine. I’ve always had a creative mind, feeling very passionate about colors, painting, drawing and architecture. The design world operates in a way that interconnects with everything and is very detail oriented. It is the little changes that most people don’t notice that fascinate me. The way graphic design work combines interior and product design, offers an opportunity for team work. Therefore, it makes possible to gain experience, improve intellectual and creative skills, in order to evolve as a person thus having an impact on its clients and users. I have been working as a freelancer ever since October. Ever since my move to Berlin in late September, I have been struggling to find a stable job. I feel this is a very competitive city but I know my work is good. I have been doing everything I'm supposed to, researching my studios of interest, sending email applications everyday, keep checking for offers on various platforms, networking, and said yes to every interview. And yet somehow, I have struggled. I feel like I'm doing something wrong but I've been told by several studios that they like my work and that I have a strong portfolio. I feel like some of my strengths are the following: INITIATIVE, CREATIVE & CURIOSITY. After my first year of design I was craving for more work in this area. I took matters into my own hands and found a four-week graphic design and portfolio Summer course in Florence. I went on my own and made friendships with other design students from all over the world. I learnt Illustrator and InDesign skills that were completely new to me and applied it on a project that englobes the Italian culture. That was not the only time I was yearning for more work. On July of 2018 I looked for a Summer internship at a studio on my own, since I wasn’t obliged to by the school. I wanted to see what was like to be involved in “real” projects and to be part of something. This experience taught me how to do interviews and be in a work environment. Finally, in July 2019 I did five day Intensive Editorial Short Course at the Royal College of Arts (RCA) in London. It was an intense one week workshop where there was a concept proposed and a final editorial piece as a goal. Working with Adrian Shaughnessy, Astrid Starvo, master’s students (such as Celine Strolz and Iain Worgan) from the university as moral support and eye opening feedback, as well as supportive and interesting colleagues from different backgrounds. The course included talks from Starvo and Craig Oldham as well as a visit to the Eye magazine studio, led by Simon Esterson and John L. Walters. So a bit about me then; I moved to Berlin with the hopes of finding a job in a new city, surrounded by amazing design, art, architecture and learning a lot on the way. I specialized in print with a focus on Editorial, Visual Identities and Illustration, but I am always open to learn new things. I consider myself an open and curious person, funny (with a dark humor), hardworking and detail oriented. I thrive on honest cultural projects and I can get creepy touching magazines. I love film, live music and "doggos". I am hustling in cold-grey Berlin, looking for full time gig to warm up.

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Work Experience
Random Happiness Studio
Intern Graphic Designer
June 2018 - September 2018
Barcelona
Friendzone Studio
Freelance Graphic Designer
October 2019 - present
Berlin
June 2018 - September 2018
Barcelona
University

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I am painfully honest, I will give 110% into everything and I love doing deep research before any project. I feel this way I understand better whatever I am working on and keeps me engaged. I am a fast learner and passionate about not only design but current events of social and political importance. I believe as designers we have the opportunity to visually portray complex subjects.

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I'm a Spanish-Croatian graphic designer, specialized on print and typography. I studied medicine for three years before finally accepting I had to be in the creative world and studied graphic design at ELISAVA School of Engineering and Design (in Barcelona). I graduated last year (2019). I became attracted in pursuing a career in Design after a realization that I was craving for something more creative in my life, since I was studying medicine. I’ve always had a creative mind, feeling very passionate about colors, painting, drawing and architecture. The design world operates in a way that interconnects with everything and is very detail oriented. It is the little changes that most people don’t notice that fascinate me. The way graphic design work combines interior and product design, offers an opportunity for team work. Therefore, it makes possible to gain experience, improve intellectual and creative skills, in order to evolve as a person thus having an impact on its clients and users. I have been working as a freelancer ever since October. Ever since my move to Berlin in late September, I have been struggling to find a stable job. I feel this is a very competitive city but I know my work is good. I have been doing everything I'm supposed to, researching my studios of interest, sending email applications everyday, keep checking for offers on various platforms, networking, and said yes to every interview. And yet somehow, I have struggled. I feel like I'm doing something wrong but I've been told by several studios that they like my work and that I have a strong portfolio. I feel like some of my strengths are the following: INITIATIVE, CREATIVE & CURIOSITY. After my first year of design I was craving for more work in this area. I took matters into my own hands and found a four-week graphic design and portfolio Summer course in Florence. I went on my own and made friendships with other design students from all over the world. I learnt Illustrator and InDesign skills that were completely new to me and applied it on a project that englobes the Italian culture. That was not the only time I was yearning for more work. On July of 2018 I looked for a Summer internship at a studio on my own, since I wasn’t obliged to by the school. I wanted to see what was like to be involved in “real” projects and to be part of something. This experience taught me how to do interviews and be in a work environment. Finally, in July 2019 I did five day Intensive Editorial Short Course at the Royal College of Arts (RCA) in London. It was an intense one week workshop where there was a concept proposed and a final editorial piece as a goal. Working with Adrian Shaughnessy, Astrid Starvo, master’s students (such as Celine Strolz and Iain Worgan) from the university as moral support and eye opening feedback, as well as supportive and interesting colleagues from different backgrounds. The course included talks from Starvo and Craig Oldham as well as a visit to the Eye magazine studio, led by Simon Esterson and John L. Walters. So a bit about me then; I moved to Berlin with the hopes of finding a job in a new city, surrounded by amazing design, art, architecture and learning a lot on the way. I specialized in print with a focus on Editorial, Visual Identities and Illustration, but I am always open to learn new things. I consider myself an open and curious person, funny (with a dark humor), hardworking and detail oriented. I thrive on honest cultural projects and I can get creepy touching magazines. I love film, live music and "doggos". I am hustling in cold-grey Berlin, looking for full time gig to warm up.

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

Dropping out of Medicine (in a 4th generation family of doctors) to pursue my true passion of design; as well as moving to a very culturally shocking very cold new city alone, with no friends or family, right after graduation, to reach my dreams of working as a graphic designer in a city I admire and love so much (Berlin).

2. How are creativity and innovation related?

I feel creativity and innovation are interconnected. One doesn't work without the other. This can be reflected everyday on the studios I admire, on the projects they take on and the solutions they come up with new innovative ideas, designs, integrating different disciplines into their world; creating this way well-rounded projects, that think outside of the box and yet send a strong message.

3. Why do companies need clarity and creativity?

To deliver the message, in an efficient and clear/visual way, that said company wants to transmit to their target. Companies need creativity to move forward and keep evolving as the times do as well.

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

I usually will try to list up things I need to do and maybe start working on developing the ideas from possible projects that are on said list. That or do some boring house task like cleaning, prepping a meal or folding clothes. I love to organize and rearrange rooms. I will maybe call a friend or a family member.

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?

My risky goal in life is to create something new. Something that hasn't been done before. If I could dedicate my life to solving one problem it would probably be equal rights and opportunities for men and women. I believe and support the feminist movement and it is a topic that lights a fire inside me. I did my thesis on it and want to keep working on projects of that matter.

6. Explain your creative process

I usually do a lot of research beforehand. I make a lot of lists of what this project will contain and what I will need. Then I proceed and look up references, create moodboards and brainstorm keywords. At some point I start designing and seeing where the thousand and one design changes take me.

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

You're not too late. Your pace is not everyone else's pace. You still have time and you are good at what you do. Be patient.

8. What is your definition of creativity?

For me creativity is not necessarily related to design or art or something that you necessarily make with your hands. For me is thinking outside of the box. Being able to keep creating ideas and keep thinking. Making conscious decisions and have a thought process and reasoning behind the choices of your creativity. Being up to fads and trends but not let it define your creativity (maybe influence, that is normal and natural).

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

TKN - Rosalía Lovely Day - Bill Withers Break My Heart - Dua Lipa So Will I - Ben Platt Tondo - Disclousure & Eko Roosevelt Idontknow - Jamie XX Chachachá - Josean Log Losing you - Boy Pablo Ya No Te Hago Falta - Sen Senra Dolerme - Rosalía Instant Destiny - Tame Impala Yes I'm Changing - Tame Impala White Ferrari - Frank Ocean sorry had more then 10

10. How do you want people to remember you?

A lot of energy Funny Kind Caring Strong character

Have you been convicted of a crime and/or a felony? If so, what was the offense? State the city, country, and date.

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You should select me because

I am painfully honest, I will give 110% into everything and I love doing deep research before any project. I feel this way I understand better whatever I am working on and keeps me engaged. I am a fast learner and passionate about not only design but current events of social and political importance. I believe as designers we have the opportunity to visually portray complex subjects.

Why are you interested in this opportunity?

What are you looking to gain from an opportunity like this?

What would be your goals after completing this engagement?

4. How did you hear about wgi?

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

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

What brands and companies do you admire and why?

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

What’s your favorite quote?

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

Bio

I'm a Spanish-Croatian graphic designer, specialized on print and typography. I studied medicine for three years before finally accepting I had to be in the creative world and studied graphic design at ELISAVA School of Engineering and Design (in Barcelona). I graduated last year (2019). I became attracted in pursuing a career in Design after a realization that I was craving for something more creative in my life, since I was studying medicine. I’ve always had a creative mind, feeling very passionate about colors, painting, drawing and architecture. The design world operates in a way that interconnects with everything and is very detail oriented. It is the little changes that most people don’t notice that fascinate me. The way graphic design work combines interior and product design, offers an opportunity for team work. Therefore, it makes possible to gain experience, improve intellectual and creative skills, in order to evolve as a person thus having an impact on its clients and users. I have been working as a freelancer ever since October. Ever since my move to Berlin in late September, I have been struggling to find a stable job. I feel this is a very competitive city but I know my work is good. I have been doing everything I'm supposed to, researching my studios of interest, sending email applications everyday, keep checking for offers on various platforms, networking, and said yes to every interview. And yet somehow, I have struggled. I feel like I'm doing something wrong but I've been told by several studios that they like my work and that I have a strong portfolio. I feel like some of my strengths are the following: INITIATIVE, CREATIVE & CURIOSITY. After my first year of design I was craving for more work in this area. I took matters into my own hands and found a four-week graphic design and portfolio Summer course in Florence. I went on my own and made friendships with other design students from all over the world. I learnt Illustrator and InDesign skills that were completely new to me and applied it on a project that englobes the Italian culture. That was not the only time I was yearning for more work. On July of 2018 I looked for a Summer internship at a studio on my own, since I wasn’t obliged to by the school. I wanted to see what was like to be involved in “real” projects and to be part of something. This experience taught me how to do interviews and be in a work environment. Finally, in July 2019 I did five day Intensive Editorial Short Course at the Royal College of Arts (RCA) in London. It was an intense one week workshop where there was a concept proposed and a final editorial piece as a goal. Working with Adrian Shaughnessy, Astrid Starvo, master’s students (such as Celine Strolz and Iain Worgan) from the university as moral support and eye opening feedback, as well as supportive and interesting colleagues from different backgrounds. The course included talks from Starvo and Craig Oldham as well as a visit to the Eye magazine studio, led by Simon Esterson and John L. Walters. So a bit about me then; I moved to Berlin with the hopes of finding a job in a new city, surrounded by amazing design, art, architecture and learning a lot on the way. I specialized in print with a focus on Editorial, Visual Identities and Illustration, but I am always open to learn new things. I consider myself an open and curious person, funny (with a dark humor), hardworking and detail oriented. I thrive on honest cultural projects and I can get creepy touching magazines. I love film, live music and "doggos". I am hustling in cold-grey Berlin, looking for full time gig to warm up.

You should pick me becuase

I am painfully honest, I will give 110% into everything and I love doing deep research before any project. I feel this way I understand better whatever I am working on and keeps me engaged. I am a fast learner and passionate about not only design but current events of social and political importance. I believe as designers we have the opportunity to visually portray complex subjects.

Why are you interested in this opportunity?

What are you looking to gain from an opportunity like this?

What would be your goals after completing this engagement?

4. How did you hear about wgi?

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

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

What brands and companies do you admire and why?

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

What’s your favorite quote?

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

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