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Meet Alhambra Graphic Designer and Motion Designer: Kimberly Ong

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kimberly Ong.

Kimberly, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born in Indonesia but I grew up in Singapore, I moved to LA about three years about to pursue a degree in Art Center College of Design. It’s funny how people always ask me where do I feel most at home at and my answer always changes. I knew that I wanted to create before I could even walk, according to my mom. She had scribbles on the walls to prove it. I started out drawing out stories in my head with badly drawn stickmans and somehow it led me to become the Graphic Designer I am today. Though I call myself a Graphic Designer, I feel that I have a soft spot for illustration and animation. Which is why my main focus is Motion Design because I feel that those two are the perfect blend for me.

Has it been a smooth road?
It was smooth, rough, jagged, slippery, bumpy and sometimes there isn’t even have a road. Whenever I get lost, it’s always my friends, mentors, and family that help me find my way back, or even better, make my own path.

What are your plans for the future?
This question has always been a tough one for me, how I got to where I am now was really based on whatever happens happens. I like to keep it open-ended and see where that keeps me to, but my state of mind is always changing. So I suppose future plans is to always be open to change, I guess my theme song in life is Que Sera, Sera, whatever Will Be, Will Be.

Let’s explore some of the challenges you’ve faced along the way. What was the most difficult part of your career so far?
There is always a point in every designer’s career that they ask themselves if their work is bad, and the person who says its bad is usually the designer themselves. The hardest times are always the once where I tell myself that I will fail before even trying. And the best way to fight that is to just to tell myself it is ok to fail, there will be people who will hate or love your work, but that is ok. Because if you get too caught up with thinking if it will fail or not, you won’t do anything.

What about “Wow-moments” – any moments that stick out? Any moments when you felt like you had made it?
This interview is a wow moment 🙂

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