We hired Hagerstown student Kylie Magnis as our new CurlyRed design intern this month. So we decided to grill her with a few questions about her childhood, art, creativity, and women in business. Read Kylie's answers to our burning questions here:
1. Where do you go to school, and when do you expect to graduate?
Hagerstown Community College for Graphic Design and Technology. When I graduate is still undetermined.
2. Where were you born?
Pensacola, Florida. My mother was in the Navy when I was born so we traveled a lot until I was about 6 years old and we settled down to a more permanent life style.
3. What's your favorite childhood memory?
Going to visit my Grandparents in the summer. My sister and I would get to see and spend time with them and eventually visit/ spend time with the rest of the family on our visits.
4. Who's your favorite artist and why?
Vincent van Gogh. I love the way expressionists/ impressionists put their feelings into their paintings through the use of their color and brush strokes. This is something I wish I could do but, I never seemed to succeed into creating/ making something like that.(Ohhh! A girl after our own Impressionist heart.)
5. When did you first fall in love with design?
When I was in high school I took a class for digital media. I loved being able to take pictures and editing them to how I wanted them to look. Eventually, my teacher gave the class more challenging tasks to complete and the challenges further made me want to learn more about the program and other programs alike.
6. What's your favorite design project you've worked on to date?
In one of my classes, at Hagerstown Community College, we were instructed to make an Earth Day poster as one of the main projects. In this project I used a map of the Earth and made it so the Earth was wearing a gas mask and on the ”back side of the head,” I lined the Earth with buildings, cars, boats, and various things that caused air pollution. The colors are various shades of blue to black, giving the composition a more bold feel to it but, not too bold to make the viewer afraid of it. The message I wanted to convey was how humans’ cars, planes, boats, etc. were polluting the Earth's air.
7. What unique point of view do you bring to your design work?
Multiple times I find myself bringing the smallest detail into a piece that I’m working on. The detail is so small that the viewer doesn’t quite see unless viewed closely. However, I know it’s there and feel that it has an important purpose.
8. Why did you pick CurlyRed for your internship? What are you hoping to learn?
I picked CurlyRed for an internship because I have always loved to design and create things using Photoshop, Illustrator, etc., and I hope that with being an intern for CurlyRed I will be able to learn how to become a better graphic designer.
9. What do you think about a) women in design and b) women in business?
Women have a lot of potential when it comes to design. I believe they have just as much right to express their feelings and thoughts as any other person. I believe that women starting their own company/ business allows them to show the world what we can do and that we can do anything we set our minds to.
10. What's one fun fact about you that we should know?
I love to paint, draw, and sculpt. I like to look to these as a creative outlet when I’m not on the computer.
11. What's your favorite typeface and why?
Trojan Pro 3. This typeface is in everything. It has bold and clean look to it that is in all caps, making it an easy to read font that works with a lot of posters and other designs that you really want the viewer to have a clear message of what you’re trying to say. Even though it in all caps you don’t have that bold feeling that you’re being shouted at. It just stands out enough to grab your attention.
Thanks for your time, Kylie! We're looking forward to seeing all you accomplish.