Meet our intern: Tia Calloway

Published: March 2, 2016

Hi everyone! Meet Tia: our newest lovable member of this crazy CurlyRed family.

We often take interns from local universities to help mentor them while they earn school credit. But we thought it would be sweet to interview her and find out what makes Tia tick.

Here we go!

1. Where do you go to school and when do you expect to graduate?
I attend Towson University in Towson, Maryland and I expect to graduate Wednesday, May 18, 2016!

2. Where were you born?< I was born in Washington, DC and raised in the surrounding suburbs in Prince George's County. 3. What's your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory is going to Disney World in Florida with my family and staying in Florida for a week when I was 11 years old.

4. Who's your favorite artist and why?

I have a lot of favorite artists, but I'd have to say that Louise Fili is my favorite designer. I love Dana Tanamachi's hand-lettering and Kathrin Honesta's illustrations.

5. When did you first fall in love with design?
I've been involved with art ever since I was 3 years old. But I first fell in love with design in middle school. I learned how to code MySpace (ha! remember Myspace?) layouts and had several websites that gave them away for free. This led to my love of coding and journey to learn HTML/CSS and some PHP.

6. What's you favorite design project you've worked on to date?
My favorite design project that I've worked on to date would have to be a campaign ad suite that I did for a nonprofit called the Red Nose Foundation. This organization provides children in Indonesia with art supplies and teaches them circus tricks at the same time.

7. What unique point of view do you bring to your design work?
I try to bring a fun and playful style to my personal design work. I love illustrating happy line-work and exciting, bright colors.

8. Why did you pick CurlyRed for your internship? What are you hoping to learn?
I chose to accept an offer to intern with CurlyRed because the President of the company, Kendall had so much insight during our interview. Her experience in the design world reflects a lot of the goals that I want to achieve once I graduate college. She is an admirably independent woman in a male-dominated field. I also identify as a woman and believe strongly in surrounding yourself with people and opportunities that will sharpen your skills. Working with Kendall so far has been really humbling. I've learned so much already! I'm hoping to also learn about business skills/relationships and how to be an involved designer. I want to work in the Baltimore community and help others.

9. What do you think about a) women in design and b) women in business?
Women in design are definitely some of the most influential artists. It always excites me to learn about a new, female designer. It gives me the motivation. Representation is so important. When I see a successful and noted female designer it gives me hope that I, too, can be something great. Women definitely belong in business. In high school I was involved in several Entrepreneurship clubs and camps, as well as Future Business Leaders of America and those programs taught me so much about the importance of having your voice be heard. Women are seen as objects in many cultures. They provide a certain level of wisdom and intuition that just doesn't come naturally to the opposite sex. In my opinion, women make great business leaders because many of them are gifted with a desire to lead AND nurture.

10. What's your favorite typeface and why?
My favorite typeface to use is often Futura. It's a beautiful sans-serif with tight kerning and a heavy weight. Super visually appealing to me.


Thank you, Tia! We love getting to know you and having you on board!

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