I’m excited to introduce Erin Potter (not associated with Harry), our very second UI Designer! I had a moment sit down with Erin for a chit-chat (AMA).
A: It was awesome! At about 9:30 am I joked that I hadn’t gotten hurt and hadn’t hurt anyone, so the day was off to a good start...
However, at about 4:35 pm I suffered a brutal attack upon my eyeball by a stray eyelash or dust. A frantic 10 minutes of eye watering and nose running ensued. I fully recovered.
So, at the end of my first day I can’t say that I didn’t get hurt. But otherwise, everyone was extremely kind and welcoming and the day was all around pleasant.
A: It’s kind of convoluted. The short version is that I landed at an ad agency after college on the account servicing side of things. I quickly realized that the creative department is where I really belonged. So, I went back to school for design.
The longer version...The reason I chose design is because I believe that design is a great fit for creatives with a practical or analytical mind-set. Before landing in design, I had spent most of my education focused on becoming an engineer.
I love design because I get to make art for a living, but there are all sorts of rules and/or constraints making it way less scary than a blank canvas.
A: If I need to get into a “flow,” music via headphones generally helps. Different music can bring different kinds of inspiration for me, and it just helps block out distractions (I’m easily distracted).
A: Definitely fly into space. Space seems to hold endless possibilities and its so beautiful out there. Also, I’m pretty claustrophobic so the idea of being at the bottom of the ocean feels a little scary to me. (And, don’t even get me started on my irrational (but super rational) fear of cruise ships.)
A: I love picking color palettes and creating simple elements that combine to make up the visual language of the project. It’s like a very personalized—to the client and their customers—puzzle.
I also really like learning about people, so user discovery is up there for me, too.
A: Heihei the rooster from Moana. Who didn’t laugh at Heihei?!
A: I try to go for a walk to get away from the computer or just talk to someone who will make me laugh. Laughter and fresh air help me clear a fuzzy brain.
A: Oof, that’s a tough one.
Ooooh wait, I got one—Draplin Design Company. If you know them, you're thinking I'm crazy. I don't actually want to redesign anything Aaron Draplin has done, but it would allow me the chance to work with him and hopefully learn ALL THE LOGO THINGS from him.
A: Jetpack! I get to decide where I’m going rather than be at the mercy of silly old gravity.
A: Hopefully, I can bring a sense of fun and openness when approaching work. I think humor helps everyone stay open minded and collaborative. And openness with teammates and clients makes for great partnerships and work we can all be proud of.
I also geek out over process and documentation...so that, too.
Everyday I get to interact with and meet incredible companies and organizations that are finding creative ways to make the world a better place. We enable them to make their ideas become a reality. It’s exciting to be a part of.
- Alex Mejias