How would you describe your role at GPI?
Technically, my title is Senior Designer. But I think my role encompasses much more than just design. While I am responsible for a lot of the design work – CAD drawings, renderings, marketing materials, styling of internal projects/products we’re developing, communicating with clients, etc. – I think my (and everyone’s) role goes way beyond our surface responsibilities. Along with the design “stuff” , I think my role is also part cheerleader, part supporter, part problem solver, part investigator, part secretary, part listener, part devil’s advocate, and more. And I think sometimes those responsibilities can even outweigh the importance the technical title description.
School and degree/background of experience?
I went to Ohio University and received a B.S. in Interior Architecture. During my junior and senior years, I worked as the Gallery Curator for an on campus art gallery. And I also was a student designer at Ohio University’s Design and Construction office. After graduating, I worked in residential design for a little over a year (which I hated, felt very stifled). Then I found GPI Design and I knew I was home.
Best advice I’ve ever ever acted on (and who gave it):
Anything worth doing is worth doing right.
I couldn’t even tell you the first person who gave me that advice (it was probably my mom), but I’ve heard it from a multitude of people throughout my life and I’ve always found it to be true, no matter what the circumstance. If you’re spending the time on a task, you might as well give it your all, your best. Because in the end, doing a task half-heartedly and haphazardly rarely makes the cut, you usually have to do it again. And it’s not nearly as rewarding or satisfying as putting in the effort and work required to do a job you’re proud of. It’s better to put your heart and soul in your work and do a good job the first time around. It sets a tone, makes an impression, and makes a world of difference.
When I’m not at the office, I:
Cook. A lot. Cooking for me is like another art from. I love trying new dishes, new techniques, and expanding my recipe repertoire.
If budget was no object, I would:
Buy run down historical buildings and restore them to their former glory. Nothing makes me sadder than seeing beautiful buildings with such rich histories and souls in a state of abandon and decay.
I’m currently (reading, watching, listening to):
Reading/Watching/Researching/Listening to anything baby related. I am a first time parent and have no clue what I am doing!
The quote that inspires me most is:
“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.” – Albert Einstein
Where do you draw inspiration from:
I don’t have one source for inspiration. I think inspiration can come from anyplace if you keep an open mind. I’ve been inspired by everything from moss growing on my driveway, to the parts from a disassembled VCR, to hundred-year-old cemetery headstones, to even how a virus looks under a microscope; the more random the inspiration, the better!
A perfect day goes like this:
I think there are many scenarios for a perfect day. But a day that ends where I feel like I’ve accomplished something worthwhile – whether its knocking something off of my work to-do list or getting around to doing something from my personal check list – that usually equates to a pretty solid and satisfying day for me.
I would never/I love/I would rather/I crave/I dream about:
I crave a creative outlet, and I always take on projects that are way more work than I originally bargained for. BUT, it makes the end result all the more satisfying. And if we’re on the subject of cravings, spicy food is also on that list: Indian, Mexican…the hotter the better!