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Name: Ashley Bush
On Visually: ashbush
In Design: 7 years
1. Tell us a bit about yourself: how did you get into design, and how long have you been doing it?
In elementary school I started making collages by cutting up magazines (mostly signs for my bedroom door.) In high school I started getting cheap children’s books at thrift stores and re-collaging around the story, and making cards for people. I had a neighbor who was majoring in graphic design and once I figured out what it was, I had that “A-ha!” moment like, “so that’s what I’m doing!” From that moment I knew that was the career I should pursue and haven’t looked back since.
2. In 7 words or less, describe your style.
My personal style has been described as playful, organic, colorful, energetic and even cute I’ll take it.
3. If you could take a seminar with one designer or artist, dead or living, who would that be? Why?
I know this is totally trendy right now, but I’m such a Jessica Hische fan-girl it’s not even funny. I know she’s most known for her type work, but I also really love her illustration work. It’s clean, witty, smart and kind of adorable. I fell in love with her work a few years ago when she did the cover art for a magazine I was working at, then I met her at an Event Apart conference and officially decided she’s my imaginary best friend. Also Egon Schiele – love his line work, even though he was a pretty weird dude.
4. What’s your favorite color? Why?
Purple was my favorite color growing up, then I hit my rebellious teen years and purple was way too main-stream so I changed it to ‘stone’, but then I accepted who I am, nothing wrong with purple. I specifically love eggplant – it’s muted, feminine, kind of warm, reminds me of fall.
5. What is the biggest mistake you’ve made in your work and what did you learn from it?
My biggest mistake is always my mouth! I’m a very passionate person and I can get way too sucked into a project. I had to learn how to pick my battles, cause you can’t win ’em all. I’ve also learned that a positive spin on your comments, and a habit of giving encouragement can go a long way!
6. What about your biggest achievement? Tell us about the project you are most proud of in your career so far.
My current project is always my favorite, but I’d say my biggest achievement was designing AIDS.gov‘s responsive redesign. I work for a large, international consulting firm doing web design and this project was awesome because it was very successful AND I got to incorporate my love of infographics:
As far as infographs go, here’s a little shot from my latest project:
7. Who should we feature in this space next?
Illustrator, Zach Bush – he’s amazing, but I’m partial.