Senior Graphic Designer
What’s your average day like at Oneupweb?
First, there is coffee. Then… well, then there is more coffee. Mostly I spend my days researching, building, reviewing and occasionally starting from scratch. I spend a lot of time looking into what current usability and design trends are, building websites and illustrating, and then reviewing. Wash, rinse, repeat!
Tell us about a favorite client moment.
It’s a very recent one!I had the good luck of working with a client who was very responsive, very invested, and just all around a great client. The entire experience was really enjoyable and set my standard for future client relationships. The best moment, though, was when we were told how much we had helped make big change for them and their company. Making a client you like really happy is a pretty A+ experience.
Tell us about a favorite Oneupweb moment.
Sincerely, I can’t pick. I really love this place, and our peeps. Every day is a totally different experience.
What’s your favorite blog?
Cartoon Brew, an animation industry blog. It’s a very different industry with very different news, experiences, and struggles. I’m an illustrator at heart, and I find it really inspiring to see work from professionals in a different, but parallel, creative industry.
What makes Traverse City appealing? What are your favorite things to do/favorite places to eat, etc.?
I’m a huge animal nerd, so definitely the wildlife and country environment. I saw two bald eagles just outside my window at home yesterday. Where else other than Alaska would I get that? Nowhere, that’s where (that’s probably not true). Otherwise, I’m a bit of a homebody, so no favorite stores or restaurants.
What do you do when you’re not at work?
Spray paint, watch movies (ALL THE MOVIES), make awful noises on an electric keyboard, read books (ALL THE BOOKS), draw cartoons that are mostly only funny to me, and sing (off-key).
If you were stuck on a desert island, what office tool would you bring and how would you make your deadline?
X-Acto Blade. I can simultaneously cut parts of trees, cut everything I catch (yum, komodo dragon stew), and study in the Sagmeister-School-For-Exceptionally-Painful-Poster-Design.
It’s 5:30 PM – what’s your cocktail of choice?
Rum, coke, ice. Done.
What’s the last song you intentionally listened to?
May or may not be a metal cover of “Let It Go.”
Favorite Spotify/Pandora/Grooveshark station?
Exoskeleton. Metal covers for popular songs. You have not lived your life until you’ve heard “Let It Go,” “Gangsta’s Paradise,” and “Call Me, Maybe” with some good ol’ growls in the background. And foreground. And really, all the ground. It doesn’t matter if metal is your genre; at the very least it’s worth it for a good laugh.
What do you carry in your purse/man-bag?
A Yoshi wallet, seven colored sharpies, two pens, a notebook because having a memory is for losers, and the cigarette lighter that used to be part of my car.
Favorite book/movie/album/TV show, etc…?
ALL THE MOVIES. ALL THE BOOKS. ALL THE TV. I’m a huge story-nut, so I’ll watch, read, listen to just about anything. I can’t pick, I love it all.
Tell us something weird/unique/quirky about yourself.
I’m 100% awkward, all day er’ry day.
Describe yourself in 3 to 5 words.
Awkwardly enthusiastic er’ry single day.
What would you not be caught dead wearing?
Princess-style dresses. Too much spatial-awareness needed.
What’s one of life’s simple pleasures?
Just sitting back and enjoying a moment. We’re busy a lot and we’re trained to look to the next day, and the next after that. That’s not really a bad thing, but it means we don’t get a lot of moments where we’re in the moment — where we’re really aware of every aspect, like the sun on your skin, the wind blowing, how warm the colors are, the textures around you, and the people you’re with. When we do get the opportunity to be so aware it’s really something precious. And you don’t have to do anything special to have that moment.
The Internet is listening: give us your words to live by.
Be honest. Be genuine. And whoever you are, own it.
Do you also like death metal Disney songs? If so, email Nicole at email@example.com.