Describe what you do at work day-to-day.
I design advertisements for 417 Magazine, Biz 417, 417 Home and 417 Bride, and I also design various web ads.
Describe something you’re proud of.
I’m proud of how quickly I’ve been able to perfect my GIF skills. Some web ads have so much information that they want to show that they need a GIF to show it. Those ads are fun to do because it’s easy to get fun and creative with them.
What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever had to do for this job?
Illustration is my happy place, and I love it when I can work some into an ad in one way or another. In January’s issue, I made a watercolor map of Springfield for the cover of our special advertising section Faces of 417-land. Also, for February’s issue, this issue, and April’s upcoming issue, I got to do fun doodles for Penny Laine’s ads in Mom’s Resource Guide. I absolutely loved coming up with ways to transport the kids’ photos to another place by simply adding in some drawings.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever had to do for this job?
A few months back, my team was working on a presentation, and we decided that we needed a photo of Advertising Design Manager Maggie as a skeleton. So I spent a few minutes cutting out her face and arms from her headshot and turned her into a skeleton. Unfortunately, we ended up going a completely different direction with the presentation and the skeleton-Maggie was never used. But it was definitely the first and only time that I had to turn a co-worker into a skeleton.
If there were a movie about your life in 417-land, what would its title be?
Take a Walk. I feel like I’m always walking everywhere. I walk from work to Mama Jean’s. When my friends and I hang out, we take a walk at the Nature Center or the nearest park. When I lived closer to the art museum, I would walk to the museum and then around the park. And as long as it’s sunny, I take a walk when I get home from work. The movie would probably be about all the people I meet and all the world problems my friends and I solve, all while taking a walk.
What’s your favorite thing to do here in 417-land?
Our art fest here is awesome! So many vendors from all over come to Walnut Street to show off some pretty incredible stuff. It always takes all of my self-control to not buy everything in sight.
What’s your favorite piece of magazine-related lingo?
“Illo.” It’s short for illustration. It’s so fun to say!
What’s your favorite thing to eat that you can only find in 417-land?
Han’s Chicken at Cashew Station. It’s fried chicken with bean sprouts and peanuts. It sounded weird at first, but it’s crazy-addicting and delicious.
What celebrity would you most like to have coffee and conversation with?
Emily Blunt. Not only is she a phenomenal actress, she seems to be an incredible person—and she’s married to John Krasinski (Jim Halpert from The Office), which instantly gives her bonus points.
What superpower do you wish you had?
I wish I could bring artwork to life. There are so many people in old pieces of art that seem like people I’d like to meet, and some fictional landscapes I’d love to explore, along with historical landscapes that don’t exist anymore that I would’ve wanted to see.