I create through a lens of self-expression and not validation, nor judgement on any other way of living. Design and music are avenues of global change, interlingual communication, and the way we understand one another. It brings access of familiarity to individuals unfamiliar with accessibility and opens pathways of inclusivity.
Let's change the way we eat, the change the way live, and let's change the way we treat each other. —Tupac Shakur, 1992
Choosing to Not Wear a Smart Watch
I value honest and open communication and listening over knowing the latest notification I've received. I keep my phone on silent and do not disturb to ensure I'm engaged in the conversation or activity I'm in at the moment rather than being distracted and not giving the human or task I'm focused on my respect and attention. Besides, the watch I wear was my grandfathers.
Reading in a Tangible Format
I spend the greater part of my day on my laptop either designing or making music. Instead of endlessly scrolling through feeds of friends I don't truly connect with, mostly filled with gossip, complaints, or non-cerebral memes, I choose to not be on social media and would rather read a book. The health of my eyes and my mind are important to me, so I read in printed format on environmental and social topics that help me reflect on the world and positively contribute to moving it forward.
Giving of My Resources
I stand for accessible education and volunteering more than I do earning a dollar. As much as I'm able to, I give away design assets I create and never start a side project with a goal of monetizing. In my spare time, I'd rather get outside and clean up trash from the park than freelance for extra income. I recognize my privilege to be able to choose to do this, and commend people like teachers (my sister) who are underpaid for the amount of effort they invest in their students and impact they have on future generations and society.
Learning from Podcasts, Music, and Video
I'm influenced creativity and spiritually mostly by hearing people who are different than myself tell their stories. Everyday I digest media and current events by listening to a variety of different podcasts by people with similar and vastly different lived experiences than my own, music that comes from all over the world, and watching films that explore new ideas and explain different perspectives visually.
Fine Tuning My Craft
I'm not a techie. I don't even like that word, or any buzz word or acronym for that matter. I don't enjoy exclusive language that doesn't allow different demographics and identities of people to understand a message and join in conversation. This is why I design and make music. I believe these are universal languages that allow for inclusivity and challenge us to think about how others see and experience the world. I don't believe I need to know the latest cryptocurrency or use the same illustration style and color palette that every other designer is using to further my knowledge in my industry and refine my craft.