• Why are you so passionate about graphic design?

    Graphic design is the perfect intersection of creativity and practicality. Graphic design is functional. It helps people think and communicate, and it can even stir up emotions. The endless combinations of typography, color, illustration and layout allow for so many creative possibilities. I love being able to craft creative solutions to practical problems.

  • With what software are you proficient?

    Adobe Creative Suite, specifically Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and a working knowledge of After Effects and Acrobat. I am also proficient with Microsoft Office and Google Drive. I’m a Mac and a PC. I pride myself on my ability to learn new skills and software.

  • What do you want to learn next?

    I’m always looking to improve my hand lettering skills. I attend workshops and practice whenever I can. Letterers like Jessica Hische are a big inspiration to me.

  • When did you first fall in love with graphic design?

    I was obsessed with my own form of digital design at an early age. I would spend hours recreating my dad’s business cards in Paint or perfecting my birthday party invitations on our old computer’s Print Shop program. I would even make banners on that long, perforated, green-and-white-striped paper that could feed endlessly through the printer.

  • What is your favorite typeface?

    The right one for the project! Typography is crucial to an engaging and successful design, and it happens to be my favorite piece of the puzzle. In addition to the classics, a more contemporary typeface that I love is Museo Slab because of its versatility.

  • What is your favorite National Park?

    Glacier National Park in northern Montana is easily my favorite. It’s not called “The Switzerland of North America” for nothing. The dramatic landscapes remind you of how small you really are. On a side note, one of my favorite design series is the WPA National Park posters from the 30s and 40s. You’ll find these around my house as we collect them from parks we’ve visited.