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Name: Alyssa George
On Visually: alyssa_george
In Design: 5
1. Tell us a bit about yourself: how did you get into design, and how long have you been doing it?
I was that kid that was always drawing something. I loved trying to redraw pictures from books, and art was definitely my favourite class. In high school, I took a bunch of computer classes, and learned the ropes of Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash (I still love Flash — bad, I know!). It wasn’t until probably my second year of university that I really “got” what design was.
I’ve been balancing my time over the past few years between finishing university and working various freelance design jobs. I got into information design and data vis only a couple of years ago, and I’m very glad that I did! When I’m not working some design magic, I’m usually found knitting, baking or enjoying a cold pint on a patio.
2. In 7 words or less, describe your style.
Go above and beyond, keep it fun.
3. If you could take a seminar with one designer or artist, dead or living, who would that be? Why?
I would love to take a seminar (or could we do lunch?!) with Nicolas Felton. He’s that awesome (and maybe a little crazy) designer who tracks random aspects of his daily life, and then turns that data into beautiful pieces of information design, known as the Feltron Annual Reports. The ways in which he presents the data is quite beautiful and simple. Some of the daily routine-type of stuff that he keeps track of is hilarious; I’d be curious to see how many times he would stop and record something during a lunch hour.
4. What’s your favorite color? Why?
Can you really ask a designer this? Not fair! If I had to choose, I would have to go with turquoise. It’s bright and vibrant, and it reminds me of a beach somewhere tropical. Now that I think about it, my favourites of my own design work usually incorporates some shade of turquoise.
5. What is the biggest mistake you’ve made in your work and what did you learn from it?
I often take on too many projects at once. I get excited at the thought of a new project and I usually find it hard to turn down new work.
6. What about your biggest achievement? Tell us about the project you are most proud of in your career so far.
This isn’t a specific project, but just over a week ago, I finished my final class of university (ahh!) and I will be graduating with a degree in Graphic Design. It involved a lot of great projects, late nights, and enough coffee that I could probably have opened my own Starbucks. I’m super excited to be done, and I’m looking forward to taking on new projects–look out world!
If I were to pick a project that I’m really proud of, I would choose the first graphic I ever worked on with Visual.ly, which was The Patent Wars infographic. It examined the at-the-time patent battle relationships going on between major tech companies. It was a challenging data set to visualize, and it was really amazing to see how viral that graphic went.
7. Who should we feature in this space next?
I really like the work of Lemon.ly. I find their quirky illustrations and use of bright colours to be very eye-catching.
I’m in the process of putting together my best design projects from school for our end-of-year showcase. Ping-pong tables make excellent workspaces for cutting, gluing and making a mess.
My at-home desk.