Steph Landry: 3-Month Status Update
Steph joined the People's Liberty team this winter/spring as our graphic design resident. An Art Academy grad, Steph spent three months sharpening her design skills, and (we think) really pushing herself to expand her capabilities. She also really helped us up our selfie game! We asked Steph to reflect on her PL experience. Here's what she said:
What did you accomplish during your residency that you're most proud of?
S: The accomplishment I’m most proud of is getting to work on time in the morning. Just kidding. The quality of my work is my most proud accomplishment. I’ve been pushed as a designer in ways I didn’t think could happen in three months. I see myself as a design thinker and not just a pixel pusher. The project that changed my view is the People Funding People infographic. Infographics are incredibly challenging for many reasons, but while working on this I had to change my view on who I am as a designer. Specifically, I had to hone in on how to show complex information in a simple, accessible way.
What skills do you feel like you developed/sharpened?
S: My technical skills have probably developed the most. I didn’t really use InDesign for projects until working with People’s Liberty. I learned that it’s a great program for keeping design content consistent from project to project, making it easier for every designer that comes through the residency program able to stay within the branding standards.
Did you make any connections or form any relationships during your term that you plan to carry forward?
S: I’ve made quite a few relationships during my term, many of which I plan to carry forward. I asked Megan to be my mentor and she agreed! (Thanks, Megan) I’m super excited to continue to learn from her.
What's next for you?
S: What’s next for me? That’s a good question. I plan on going full-time with freelance while building my design business, POPSCL Studios, with my biz partner, Michael. (I’m for hire). My time at People’s Liberty has been amazing and I’m so thankful for the opportunity. I wish that it was longer because I feel like I’m just getting started. Thank you, Megan, Jake, Aurore, Eric, Lia, Kyle, Jenny and Christina for making me a better human. It has been an honor serving the city with you. I will cherish my time here forever.