Today we’d like to introduce you to Adrienne Trio.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I just really loved robots, people and mascots as a kid, and that has pretty much been the main themes for my work throughout my life. As a kid, I always loved to draw, it was a way of escapism while also a tool to understand the world around me. As I grew older and went to college, I briefly dabbled in biology and computer science. However, I couldn’t see myself doing either forever, so after a lot of research, and many years of work, I chose to get my degree in industrial design. From there, I had three internships, working as a graphic designer/digital marketer, an industrial designer at a robotics company, and manufacturing at a vinyl toy design firm. At some point after, I also worked as a bread baker.
Currently, I work as a graphic designer/illustrator at a robotics company and I also freelance as a logo/brand designer. On my spare time, I still draw but I’ve really gotten into taking and editing photos. I feel like people hate to hear this, but 100% of how I got anywhere in my life so far has been a combination of luck, timing, and putting myself out there.
Has it been a smooth road?
Of course, my path hasn’t been extremely linear. Within the three years of being in the design industry, I’ve jumped between 3-4 paths within the field. I used to stress about becoming an expert at one thing (and figuring out what that one thing should be). However, I’m merely focused on constantly learning something new and gaining various skill sets in what I’m interested in. I’ve grown fond of the idea of designing through different fields and mediums depending on the intended user’s needs Thinking back, a lot of my struggles occurred while I was in school for Industrial design. University, and specifically going to school in a creative field, definitely promotes unhealthy lifestyle habits. “All nighters” and “work-grind” were considered acceptable ways of showing productivity.
With this mindset, I was completely unhealthy (mentally, physically, and emotionally) and was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder my very last semester of university. To be honest, there was a period after college that my anxiety became crippling, where I stayed in bed for months, sometimes even taking a shower was the only thing I could properly do for myself. Looking back, the positive of that time was that I was finally getting sleep. Eventually, I mustered enough strength to work, however I didn’t follow through with any projects outside of my job to focus on reframing my mindset and mental state. I would say it took about a year and a half of doing that before I became a fully functioning, whole being again.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m currently a graphic designer specializing in illustration and a freelance logo/branding designer. I’m deeply fond of the connections I’ve made doing my work. I don’t really think about what sets me apart from others, I just care that the people I’m working with feel that they can trust me with coming up with a proper solution for their needs.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
The food is amazing here. I wish I didn’t feel like I was trekking to Mordor every time I want to visit a friend across town.
Personal photo: Victoria Lu