Have you ever acquired a gift that exceeds your expectations? I feel that way about our newest team member, UI Designer Brigid Griffin. She's creative, passionate, and a fantastic person to have on your contacts list. What a great gift to the Foster Made team! Get to know her a little:
A: I was attracted to the overall optimistic and inclusive nature that the Foster Made website encompassed. I also noticed right away that FM has worked with a handful of non-profit organizations, which is the type of client I’m especially passionate about working with. Additionally, the job description outlined exactly what I was looking for in a job which was very exciting.
During the interview process, I simply felt welcome, seen, and heard, which ultimately made me feel like I was already part of the team. I’m so stoked to work with such an awesome team of wonderful folks!
A: Great question! It totally depends on the project. Oftentimes, I typically start by researching color and/or design inspiration and create some sort of mood board. Sometimes, I break out my oil pastels and explore different color palettes because it feels good to get my hands dirty and explore colors that way. A good walk in the woods or listening to music also allows me to create space in my brain to ultimately get those creative juices flowing.
Typically a project timeline creates a barrier for when something can be “done,” but I rarely feel like a project is 100% done from a design perspective. Each time I look back at my work weeks or months, or years later, I often think, “I could have done that this way or that way.” However, if the client is happy and the work helps to address business goals and pain points, then I’m happy.
A: I interpret this question a few different ways, and while the more obvious answer to this question would be to name a website that I’ve designed that was particularly meaningful, which lots of them have been for various reasons, I think the most meaningful work I’ve done, fundamentally speaking, are my oil pastel and gouache studies that I try to (not as often as I’d like) dedicate time to. That work is particularly meaningful because it’s my way of processing things that are going on in my life, or sometimes they reflect a particular song or album I’m listening to while I work on them.
A: Mine too! Working from home is the best and I prefer it over working in a traditional office space, although seeing work folks in the flesh is great too. My ideal work environment is definitely in the comfort of my own home mainly because *ahem* dogs. Even back when I was going to an office every day, I had the privilege of bringing my dog, Reggie, to work with me every day. He was the office mascot and would often sit in on meetings that I wasn’t a part of because my co-workers adored him. Now, I have the luxury of spending time with Reggie and our new pup, Jerry, from the comfort of my home. They’re great co-workers.
A: Awesome tidbit of information there!
My husband, Dan, is the master green thumb in our household. He has always been especially passionate about gardening, cannabis in particular. He has taught me most of what I know about cannabis farming, so I like to think of myself as his humble assistant.
It’s a hearty, fruitful, medicinal, beautiful plant and to care for them is a labor of love. There are countless health benefits that the cannabis plant offers and its uses are extremely versatile. Our primary goal is to grow a strong, healthy, totally organic product that will ultimately help individuals in our community in a wide variety of ways.
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A: I love so many things about living in Vermont! I love all four seasons, although winter does tend to drag on a bit too long some years. However, seeing everything begin to bud in the Spring is always a pleasant reminder of why we endure the long Northeast winters. That, and the sense of tight-knit community is a major contributor to why I’m proud to live here. Vermont is sacred and I’m very grateful to call this beautiful place home.