Vivian Pan

Graphic Designer
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Hey, I'm Vivian, 22 year old born in December (sun in Sagittarius, very important info). Born in Rio (BR) and raised in Acre, which is a state people say that literally doesn’t exist (but I  nd it amusing, at least it’s a conversation starter). Currently studying visual communication design and trying to get to know myself as a designer and as a person too.

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Work Experience
Zeedog
Intern
Mar 2018 – Jun 2018
Tamboro Educacional
Intern
Mar 2017 – Jun 2017
Mar 2018 – Jun 2018
University
PUC-Rio
Skills
Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Webflow
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You should select me because

Well, I can’t tell you that. Cause I am sure that are a lot of young, much more talented, experienced designers out here competing for this spot. But then again, what’s the point? No shade, but this is a learning one in a lifetime experience, and people who have amazing skills and are the best at their job probably are not the ones that need this the most. I am innocently trying out for this believing in my potential. Most of the time I feel a giddy pure form of excitement for design that is most likely not realistic to the world we live in. I try not to attach a price tag to my projects while making them, but I also know that that feeling is not something I want to ever lose while growing as a designer, because if not, then again, what’s the point?

1. Why are you interested in wgi?

Because it could give me an opportunity that I could not have anywhere else. Living in Brasil you don’t always have a chance to work in an industry that is valued in society as other countries. We still have a long way to go when it comes to appreciating the creative industry here, I hope that I can see what that looks like and maybe bring this to our community.

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

Honestly I have never seen the insides of a design agency. Being given the opportunity to be at WGI would be like seeing a world that I just took a peek at during my university years. Mainly I hope that I can learn more about myself as a designer, and understand the industry that I want to be a part of from people who know a whole lot about it.

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

I want to come back to Brazil and work as a Brazilian designer. This may sound contradictory going to all theses amazing places so you can come back and focus on your home country, but that’s the whole point. Living other cultures and learning from different designers you can understand so much about their home, their methods and beliefs. I want to be that reference to young designers out there in the world after absorbing all I can from WGI, and seeing what makes them who they are.

4. How did you hear about wgi?

I first saw WGI through instagram. I follow a lot of designers that I look up to and I think I first saw it at Collins stories, then started following Britney, Maddie and WGI instagram to see all the adventures they were up to.

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

The time I was most motivated was making a project involving a small community of farmers in Rio. That project was something that I invested so much of my time and effort in after seeing how they lived and what was important to them. How our project could make their life easier and more productive in their sustainable way of living. One time I was very demotivated was working at a company that had very little tolerance to new ideas. Getting there I was trying all these new things and my boss would always cut me down, which led me to me doing very generic lifeless works.

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

Transparency, in so many aspects. When it comes to the companies priorities, feedback to employees, companies main values. I believe that the amount of transparency you have towards your colleagues is what builds loyalty and better work environment. Having people around you that share the same values and want to grow together is to me a great culture at a company.

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

Currently one “brand” that I admire is Bonde BR, which is actually a community dedicated to spreading the word about Brazilian culture, art and design. During the last few years I have been trying to understand “what is Brazilian design?” And I have come to the conclusion that throughout our history we have always been the colonized underdog complex to european/american countries and that needs to stop. What Bonde has done is a real emancipation of Brazilian design and how our culture needs no acceptance from foreign countries, and I find that amazing.

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

I have always liked being able to do things myself. When I depend on someone else to complete something I want to be accomplished and I have no idea how the process works, I find it very frustrating. So I have always taken upon myself to know what I am doing, and what needs to be done next, even if superficially (I also understand I may not be the best person the execute the job). I also find it important to always have feedback, working on your own and deciding everything can result in a very limiting outcome, so I always always find someone to give me some feedback on my work.

9. What’s your favorite quote?

“You already have a NO” After taking that in, that’s when I started to actually take risks with no fear of being rejected. I already did NOT have a job at a great company that I admired, did NOT have any nomination for my work, and knowing that got me to the point of “why the hell not?”.

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

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