How did you get to where you are today?
Slow and steady wins the race. I discovered graphic design when I was 18 and quickly identified with it. Along with taking every class I could related to the Arts & Design at my local community college, I obsessed over the discipline and spent countless hours working on personal projects. However, I did take my time off this path. Sometimes it’s good to pull off the road and explore. By the time I went back to Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, I was 23 with more life experience and ready to pursue my career full-steam.
I was constantly challenged, studied under some amazing designers and congregated with a small but inspiring group of individuals who are friends and colleagues to this day.
From 2006–2008 I freelanced with multiple studios, collaborated with like-minded designers and artists, taught a bit, and had my own clients (mainly independent record labels).
Then, I moved to the Netherlands to study under Karel Martens at the Werkplaats Typografie, Arnhem. There are not enough words to sum up my experience. It was there that I knew that teaching would become an integral part of my career.
All of my mentors who are teachers were able to balance education with their own practice. Fast-forward to now – I’ve found myself back at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena teaching Typography and mentoring a younger generation of designers.
Do you work to live, live to work or a combination of the two?
Both. I love what I do and I am blessed that it continues to sustain me.
What about your work brings you the most pleasure?
Collaboration with others. Being able to translate someone else’s message into a shared vision.