How long have you been a member?
I’ve been attending AIGA events throughout my career, but this is my first year as a member. Being new to the Des Moines area, it’s been a great way to get involved with the creative community.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
There are lots of things I love about my job, but what tops the list is the magic involved in breaking down something complex and making it easy to digest. Be it a website, print piece or even a complicated piece of data, I want my work to function, be fresh and serve a purpose.
What was your favorite AIGA event?
I have a thing for calligraphy, so I was really excited when AIGA offered a class by Tome Plaza-Hope of Ink & Oak Calligraphy. It was an interactive and educational event, where we got to practice calligraphy with a nib.
Where do you find sources for design inspiration?
Everywhere, but I’m most stimulated when experiencing or learning something new. Traveling, talking (and listening) to people from all walks of life, reading, taking classes and spending time alone to reflect all energize me.
Tell us about a project you’re working on/have worked on that’s inspiring you.
In my professional world, I love the challenging projects—the ones that don’t necessarily have any set “rules.” Right now a website redesign that I’m working on is encouraging me to think through the flow, the user experience and reimagine the look of the overall piece. So far it’s been an exciting project, and well received.
In my personal time, I love illustrating and hand-lettering. Several months ago I started a stationery line called Megan + Jane. Branding my own artistic style, finding my voice and tackling the learning curves along the way have been incredible.
What is your dream design job?
One of my favorite advertising campaigns to date was created by Wieden + Kennedy, for Nike. It was targeted to women, motivating them to be proud of the scars on their knees, their thunder thighs and strong shoulders. The copy was sassy. The design was playful. What I liked about it was that it promoted beauty and confidence for women of all body types. It spoke to me. My dream job is to create a campaign that is just as memorable, uplifting, and inspiring to someone— like these ads were to me.
Which designer is your favorite/most influential? Why?
I value talented creatives who are humble, forward thinking and genuine. A few designers who come to mind are:
• Lauren Hom
• Jessica Hische
• Justin Kemerling
• Dave Nelson of Secret Penguin, a branding agency based out of Omaha, NE.
If you were a PMS chip, which one would you be?
One of my favorite dresses is an exact match to PMS 032. It’s bright, fun and makes me happy.
What is your favorite typeface and why?
I fell in love with typography when I took a class by Kate Bingaman-Burt in college. She really opened my eyes to the possibilities with type. While I really can’t narrow it down to ONE favorite typeface, I appreciate well thought-out fonts (or hand-drawn lettering!) that set the mood/tone for the designed piece.