Zie Kirk

Graphic Designer
Dublin, IE
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Hiii World's Greatest Internship — I'm Zita. I go by Zie, like Z for Zorro! If you're looking for someone who loves meeting people, capturing a brand's personality and killer music — I gotcha covered. I'm a multi-disciplinary designer based in Ireland that's mad for all things visual and bold. I’m interested in how communities take shape, grow and what we as designers can do to facilitate these unique connections – in whatever medium that will make the most impact. I 􀃕rst started my design journey o􀃠 with illustration and photography before falling in love with letterforms. Somewhere along the line I found myself working in events. When I took a step back and looked at the work I was interested in, I realised that the common thread throughout was people. I naturally gravitated towards illustrating people, shooting portraits and the nuances and expressiveness of letterforms. On an aesthetic level the stu􀃠 I'm drawn to is usually visually organic by use of line and shape and very colourful. My clients have described my work as intuitive and I found this has been re􀃖ected throughout my work though wasn't obvious to me until it was mentioned. Lately, I've been interested in unravelling more of the why, how, strategy and research side of what makes projects successful. When I’m not at my computer doing creative work I’m probably swooning over cute puppers, being silly, binging on other visual material cough Net􀃖ix, dancing on a night out or endlessly wondering why the colour lavender is slowly taking over my life and why I have so many lonely socks.

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Work Experience
The Design Kids
Social Media Manager
Sep 2018 – Dec 2018
The Design Kids
Dublin City Host
Aug 2017 – Present
Dublin, Ireland
Bedlam Events
Design Intern & Event Staff
Sep 2018 – Dec 2018
Dublin Institute of Technology
Strong understanding of design principles; Strong understanding of event production; Working in a fast-paced agency setting, as part of team & remotely; Portrait, Editorial and Product Photography & retouching; Adobe Creative Suite: Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Lightroom, After Effects, XD; Powerpoint, Keynote, Google Slides; Basic HTML/CSS knowledge; Social Media Content Management; Bi-Lingual: German & English
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Ooof, this is a tough question.I can't say why I'd be the BEST candidate. What I can say is that everyone who has applied is amazing for taking that leap of putting themselves out there. We all have so much to gain from this great opportunity and could be equally great given the chance.I'm defintely a hybrid creative unsure of where I fit in — part designer, writer, strategist, entrepreneur, culture maker etc. is THE BEST description I've heard. The phrase "Jack of all trades, master of none" has been a source anxiety, though lately I've realised that it's also my biggest asset. When I saw WGI, my heart skipped and I felt like shouting "YES! This is me"Drawing from a diverse range of skills and working in different mediums has given me insight into the various specialised industries. It has suprised, delighted and made me more driven to challenge myself. Having grown up in Germany and then moved to Ireland 12 years ago started my fascination with cultural variation. My goal this year is to challenge myself to visit more places by myself alone, take a big leap outside of my comfortzone — what a better way to do it than by combinging work + play during the World's Greatest Internship?!I gravitate towards projects that focus on enriching local culture.Any experience that offers a new challenge, I am up for. I've assisted on many editorial photography shoots and even taught art workshops for children aged 4-12 years.4-year old children are literally drunk adults. Patience and energy are needed plenty.I've worked from a broom closet in a small bridal boutique where the hoover beside me took up most of the space. Funnily, I learned most of my English when I first moved to Ireland by writing Harry Potter fan fiction. Three years later, for a short stint, I found myself writing again, as contributing writer for a British online culture and music publication — I thought it was the coolest job and immediately felt adultier. I wrote about what was going to be the next big thing, and my intuition was usually spot on with things going viral within the year. I'd love to learn from professional trendforecasters, and how they indentitify markers for success.When I finished college and started university I slowly began to uncover that I had been struggling with mental illness. Over the few years I've learned invaluable skills on how to manage it and built resilience. Going through this greatly deepened my empathy and instilled the belief that being vulnerable and open is our greatest strength. I also learned great insights about different educational, cultural attitudes and environmental factors — having grown up in a different country, moved schools multiple times, come from a broken home, gone to university in a small city, making a long distance relationship work, transferring to a capital city, repeating a college year and experiencing campus relocation and moving house 3 times. It's been a wild ride.Towards the end of college I began working as a freelance designer. My biggest projects were helping to design public forums for local government iniatives. This involved branding, mapping out user-flows, workshop strategies, copywriting and designing the event material that needed to facillitate social innovation and impact.Somewhat organically, I stumbled into working in the events industry.I worked as a waitress for private events such as at AirBnB, Facebook, high-end stores and small private parties at people's homes in various parts of the city. This has been a teacher in terms of different work attitudes, providing insights into company and local culture, and great customer service. I then started working at local music festivals as part of production and accreditation team. This got me interested in experiential, spatial and audio visual design. Then to actually running and organising events here in Dublin on behalf of The Design Kids. I've since partnered with my incredible [Co-Host Jessie De Boe](https://thedesignkids.org/cities/dublin) on making the events happen every month. It's taught me a lot about partnership and how we can complement each other's skillset.I also worked as their social media manager. Both roles were unchartered territory for me and gosh, it really pays off to take a big leap into the unknown.My personal projects have themes of uncovering nuances, collaboration, empowering others, normalising mistakes and experimenting in different mediums. It's trial and error. It's ok to fuck up. You can bounce back with the right attitude. Failure isn't failure — it's a new challenge that needs to be rephrased and is an opportunity for growth no matter how small the step — it's one into the right direction. The process is the reward.My experience has made me look at seemingly unrelated professions and skills, their forms of communication and different approaches to resolving challenges. For example, producing events and facilitating engagement overlaps similarly with UI/UX, brand activation and experiential design. Although, I don't fancy being a full-time event organiser anytime soon, having experience in the events industry is a fanstastic teacher. Community building is starting to be put on the forefront for growing businesses and brands and that's something I am also increasingly interested in. Design and language can help simplify and elevate these processes. I'm endlessly fascinated and keen to learn more.I'm excited that the World's Greatest Internship exists and to see how it'll all unfold. Thanks for pushing the boundaries.

1. Why are you interested in wgi?

Travelling + design + meeting THE greats + looooooooads of new experience?! Yes, please sign me up!

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

In the words of Kylie Jenner 2016 — "like, just realizing stuff" This programme is jam-packed with looooooads of experience that's sure to accelerate anyone's personal growth and creative journey. I'm hella excited by the idea of being brought along on that crazy ride and getting to experience what it's like to work in so many studios with so many great minds. Travelling in the past, meeting people with varying perspectives and life lessons has helped me thrive, grow and instilled confidence. Building on this within a supportive community would be the best opportunity ever. I love the philosophy of WGI of wanting to break the mold of the traditional. I'm hoping to do this too with how I approach work.

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

Pay it forward. By sharing your own experience and what you’ve gone through you can you help somebody else. Be a confident badass creative and hopefully have "realized stuff".

4. How did you hear about wgi?

Through Instagram circa a year ago when I began following Maddie & Whitney's journey. The internet gods provided and I gazed upon in awe.

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

The answer to both is college — both my greatest motivator and greatest demotivator which uplifted and also crushed my spirit at times. It challenged me greatly. I learned a lot from the pain points of education and community which has now informed the kind of work I'm interested in — how do you empower others and build communities. A time when I was greatly demotivated was when I felt alienated from education and my confidence was at it lowest. I often fantasized about quitting creative work completely and fell into the black & white thinking of imposter syndrome. I ended up repeating a year in college and it was a blessing in disguise that allowed me to meet more people and gain better insight into how varied classroom dynamics can be. This later informed my GradShow project which looked at creating a tighter, more supportive social network cross-institutionally for emerging designers. I credit this project for reigniting my fiery passion for design and for building my confidence. I discovered [The Design Kids](thedesignkids.org) by chance. At first, I wanted to hide. On the surface it seemed that my project was way too similar, there wasn't enough room for both to exist. Instead of listening to my ego I e-mailed TDK to share what I was working on. It turned out that Frankie, the Director, was in Dublin for 2 days. How crazy?! She was looking to launch her first European Chapter in Dublin! I couldn't believe it. We met up and I've been running the Dublin chapter for the last 2 years. Discovering TDK made me re-examine my project's core drive, what differentiated it and how they could both exist within the same sphere. I now implement this thought-excercise with new projects. It was pivotal in so many ways. The Design Kids has truly changed my life and been my greatest motivator, I would have never discovered or taken the leap to e-mail them had it not been for college.

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

"All work no play makes Jack a dull boy". Work & Play are inseperable when it comes to creating great company culture.

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

There is no company or brand that I admire with 100% conviction. I'm still discovering a lot about what draws me to certain brands and companies and think it's important to examine all sides critically. Airbnb for example — when you visit their office or work at one of their functions, you never want to leave. They provide their employees with everything that they might need or want for 'free' — insurance, healthy meals/snacks, bicycles, great quality merch, massages, chill out rooms as well as unreal office parties with drinks on tap. The work + life balance bleeds into one, which can be seen as a double edged sword. Can you get stockholm syndrome when the office perks are so great? [Skillshare](https://www.skillshare.com/home) for making tutorials and workshops accessible. Though I'm partially fed up with their repetitive ad lines. Squarespace...I'm looking at you too ಠ_ಠ.. Aesthetically, I love [Studio Morross]( https://www.studiomoross.com/) and [Adult Art Club](https://www.instagram.com/adult_art_club/?hl=en). For their multi-disciplinary, bold and playful approach that focuses on enriching culture and subculture. [Snask](http://snask.com/), for their Snaskify motto and office culture manifesto. [Joshua Davis](https://www.instagram.com/praystation/) for his intuitive creative coding and organic process. Heck — there are so many people I admire. Grab a cuppa and settle down: [Debbie Millman](https://www.designmattersmedia.com/designmatters) for her invaluable Design Matters podcast — delving into the why & how of what pushes people and how their personal journeys have defined their careers. [Andy J. Pizza](https://www.andyjpizza.com/) for his Creative Pep Talk podcast, for sharing tips & tricks for managing imposter syndrome and showing that this is widely common amongst creatives. [Frankie Ratford](https://thedesignkids.org) for setting up The Design Kids and providing a great platform that has in many ways shaped my life and others who I've spoken to by breaking down barries and making creative industry feel more accessible. [Adam J. Kurtz](https://www.instagram.com/adamjk/) for stating that he won't speak at conferences unless there is speaker diversity and for being so open about his personal challenges. [Lauren Hom](http://www.homsweethom.com/) for sharing her process so freely and pushing to empower others without concern for homogeneity and believing that sharing is the first step to creating great work. Jessica Walsh & Timothy Goodman for their joint passion projects and vulnerability on [40 Days of Dating ](http://fortydaysofdating.com/) and [12 Kinds of Kindness](https://12kindsofkindness.com/). [Jen Gotch](https://www.instagram.com/jengotch/?hl=en) for crying at work and dancing like a nobody's watching — her real talk and for sharing the ups & downs of her creative journey from starting as a [Buttermilk Waitress](https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/cadence13/jen-gotch-is-oksometimes/e/55050953?autoplay=true) to building a multi-million company — Ban.do [John Baldessari](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU7V4GyEuXA) for his wit and giving away his wi-fi password. [Tyler the Creator](https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsQBsZJltmLzlsJNG7HevBg) for re-inventing himself so often, his whacky art direction and antonomy in his creative process. [Lisa Congdon](http://lisacongdon.com/) for her inspiring story of it never being too late to get started, regardless of age. [Kim MacKenzie-Doyle](https://indulgeme.ie/women-we-love-kim-mackenzie-doyle/) my 'design mammy' and also mentor which I came in contact with through a great local mentorship initiative run by [The Other](https://www.instagram.com/theother_insta/). She's an absolute powerhouse running initiatives that impact our local design landscape so positively. Such as [WhyDesign](http://whydesign.ie/) — an initiative addressing gender disparity in design and also [MindOverMatter](https://idimindovermatter.ie/) a day for mental health aid in Ireland, raising awareness and funds for mental health charities and also making design consultations accessible to small businesses. I love how frank, open and honest she is about sharing her personal and career experiences and how she wants to help and uplift as many emerging creatives as possible. [Laragh from Climate Love Ireland](https://www.instagram.com/climateloveireland/) for quitting her full-time job in an ad agency to pursuing climate activism. Her background as a film-maker I could keep going *(heh)*

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

I thrive when I talk and share ideas with others. Most of my personal growth has happened through processing verbally. Be that with a friend, a therapist or a stranger. Going to meet-ups and running meet-ups for other creatives has accelerrated my journey greatly. I tend to turn into a gremlin when I retreat into a cave and sit for too long infront of my screen pushing pixels,. Then again retreat and introspection are needed every now and then.

9. What’s your favorite quote?

Apart from all the amazing phrases that you have shared at WGI there's a couple that have have been on my mind repetitively over the last 5 years. > "The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off." *— Gloria Steinem* (most likely biblical origin) Reminding me to try and be conscious of the involvement of ego and how I react and respond to other people's truths PLUS [N.E.R.D feat. Rihanna](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_u97PqWX6g) open with this on a bangin' track to boogie to. >"Good artists copy; great artists steal" *— ascribed to Picasso* (though who knows) This pop quote brought me down a rabbit hole of examining perceived originality and how most things have been said before. How looking at two seemingly disparate things, smushing them together can create innovation. Why cryptomnesia might happen and how the phenomenon of herd mentality/pointing the finger, with sweeping copying accusations, above fostering open dialog hinders progress. It made me realise how fascinated I am by personal style and how subcultures define themselves. And lastly, >"Lovers don't finally meet somewhere. They're in each other all along." *— Rumi* This quote for reminding me not to look for external validation and that everything I need is within.

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

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