Where are you from?
That’s always a hard question to answer because I’ve lived in several different places, but I grew up mostly in Wisconsin. I just recently moved to Chicago from Champaign, Illinois. I went to school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, graduated with a BFA in Industrial Design, and now I’m a Production/Graphic Designer at FYP.
How would you describe your design style?
I don’t know if I have a specific style; I create art based on what I feel the project demands. Sometimes it’s loose and organic, other times, clean and minimalistic. I draw inspiration from all the beauty around me, from the sprawling city to tranquil forests to my Instagram feed!
What are your current favorite font combinations?
If I have to pick a font, I like Argentinian paired with a simple, thin sans serif font (there’s a range of them). I also love Bodoni, with its thick curves and pearled serifs. I actually quite enjoy hand lettering, which I do pretty regularly—and that’s my favorite kind of font combination because it blends typography with illustration.
Describe your perfect Saturday?
Church in the morning, an excursion out to the city or coffee with a friend in the afternoon, and an evening of sketching and Netflix.
Where do you get inspiration?
As I mentioned earlier, everything! I do follow a lot of artists on Instagram, and I am always trying to expand my skill set by imitating them.
What’s your favorite travel destination?
I lived in Berlin, Germany for a couple of months, and while I was there I visited Austria to see the Eisriesenwelt, the largest ice cave(s) in the world. They are carved forty-two kilometers deep into the Austrian Alps and stay icy and cold all year long, even in the summer. They are utterly breathtaking! Even if you just took the trek up the mountains and didn’t go into the caves, the trip would still be worth it because everything around the caves is intensely beautiful as well. Would highly recommend, 10/10.
What’s your favorite Chicago restaurant?
The Phoenix, in Chinatown. I’ve been there countless times with my family for dim sum, years before I ever even thought I’d be living here. For me, it’s a place full of memories of my favorite kind of food with my favorite people (it’s my family, they’re my favorite).