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Meet Santa Monica Graphic Designer: Patricia Johnson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Patricia Johnson.

Patricia, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I went to the University of Cincinnati for five years, and throughout my college career, I completed five internships, at three different companies, in three different cities- New York, Cincinnati, and Venice Beach. Each internship brought something new to the table from designing a facade for a Disney theme park in Shanghai, to branding a restaurant for world renowned chef April Bloomfield. I even worked on the branding and interiors for an entire movie theater chain in Dubai. Two days prior to my graduation day in May of this year, I was offered a visual designer position at a rapidly growing tech start-up called Honey. Honey is an extension for your web browser that is used during checkout to help save you money! I’m in charge of creating all of the illustrations and visual content for the extension, as well as some UX/UI design for the website. I also continue to work on freelance work outside of Honey. Right now I’m working with one of the stars from Amazon Prime’s new hit series ‘Good Girls Revolt’ to develop a logo and pitch deck for a new up and coming television show. Things are taking off, to say the least, and it’s only the start!

Has it been a smooth road?
I’ve definitely had the ‘normal’ bumps in the road as a designer, but fortunately I experienced those obstacles early in my career as a student designer and intern. I have my education and the experience I gained throughout my internships to thank for how prepared I was to face the ‘real world’ upon graduating.

Is there some part of you work that is particularly difficult?
The hardest part of my job is keeping the momentum and excitement going throughout the project. When you begin a project, it’s fresh and exciting- sometimes keeping up the excitement and not getting burnt out is tough. I believe the best way to tell a good project is by gauging how excited and engaged you stay throughout working on it.

How do you define success?
I gauge success by how well the project holds up over time, or the timelessness of a project. If I look back on a project I did years ago and think it still holds up, I know it was a successful design if I look back and see improvements that can be made maybe the design wasn’t as successful as I had originally thought.

So, what should we be on the lookout for, what’s next in store for you?
I plan to just continue doing what I love. I work at an amazing company, every day I get excited about going to work and creating tools that improve people’s lives. I also look forward to growing a clientele for freelance work. I’ve had the opportunity to work with many amazing individuals and I look forward to continuing to meet and collaborate with new people.

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Image Credit:
David Sherry (personal photo)
David Sherry (camp honey photo)

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