Welcome to verynice: Summer Interns!

We're so excited to welcome our Summer Interns to the verynice family for the next few months! Get to know Jun and Krista in our brief interview below:

Welcome to verynice! Tell us a bit about yourself.

Jun: I'm from Taiwan! I left my home college, where I majored in Foreign Languages and Literatures, to study graphic design at ArtCenter. I'm here on a one-year scholarship program. I've always wanted to go into the arts, and going to ArtCenter was sort of a move to switch tracks from academics into the creative field. Graphic design is relatively new territory to me, but being in school has taught me a lot, and the more I learn the more I love it.

What are you looking forward to as a verynice intern?

J: This is my first internship and I am excited to create designs for real clients, work with an art director, etc. I am looking forward to be on a few pro-bono projects, working with other designers as a team. My favorite work area is Print/Editorial and illustration, but I'd also love to work in other areas.

What is your favorite social cause?

J: Gender issues, gender equality and education.

What passions and interests do you have outside of work?

J: I am interested in film, music, photography, and literature.

Who is your biggest role model in life?

J: My father was a great influence on me. From him I learned the value of hard work, perseverance and humility. More recently, I think I'm always learning from the people around me. I read somewhere ‘God forbid you're the best person in the room, you stop evolving.’ And I think that's about right!

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Krista: I am a life-long Angeleno, with a great passion for the city (with has blossomed amid my return from wintry Massachusetts, where I attend Williams College). I was fortunate to be raised by parents (Bulgarian mother and English father), who, though pragmatic immigrants, placed a great value on art and culture and encouraged my early interest in visual and verbal expression. I've been slightly obsessed with graphic design even before I could conceptualize it (my peculiar childhood hobby was creating magazines, in which I would write and illustrate all the content and ads), and have devoted the last five years or so to developing my knowledge of its history and my fluency in it. I chose to study art history at a small liberal arts college in the hopes of gaining a broad foundation in visual culture to inform my own design work.

What are you looking forward to as a verynice intern?

K: I am very much looking forward to working within the design team at verynice as I have never had the opportunity to observe and participate in professional design collaboration. I think it will be really informative to see how the designers devise visual strategies in conjunction with the other members of the verynice team. I'm also looking forward to seeing the designer-client relationship--the negotiations and communications--at the studio level. I'm sure this will be a particularly interesting dynamic given verynice's "give half" business model. And of course, I'm excited to learn from the senior designers, particularly in the area of UI and digital design, in which I would like to gain more experience.

What is your favorite social cause?

K: I'm really interested food justice, in regards to both nutrition and sustainability. I am interested in any organization that seeks to reduce food waste---one of most avoidable and potent symptoms of economic inequality in our era---and innovate new strategies in areas like urban farming to renew our relationship with food. In LA, I've admired and participated in the work of Food Forward, who repurpose surplus produce (particularly from neglected citrus trees and farmers market waste). I think food justice is a cause in which any urban consumer can participate, as all it involves is more mindfulness and resourcefulness with our food.

What passions and interests do you have outside of work?

K: I'm a bit of an architecture nerd (it's my theoretical focus at school), and love exploring the eclectic historic architecture of Los Angeles, from kitschy Spanish bungalows to space-age urban structures---as well as just generally reading anything about architecture. My other interests include film and cinema history, particularly the French New Wave (big fan of the Cinefamily), cooking, painting in gouache, and cycling. 

Who is your biggest role model in life?

K: Simone de Beauvoir is one of my greatest role models, especially after having recently read The Second Sex and her memoirs, for her intrepidness in creating a life for herself as a female intellectual, and brilliance in deconstructing the misogynist paradigms in Western thought (I'm also a French lit double major and unabashed francophile). In my own life, though, I'm going to go with the cliché and say my mother, whom I respect endlessly for her resilience and fortitude. My mother came to the United States a political refugee who spoke no English, and worked immensely hard, putting herself through nursing school while raising two children. In the last several years, she survived breast cancer and has held our family together after my father unexpectedly passed away a year and a half ago. Amidst this, she has a brilliant sense of humor and contagious sense of positivity, qualities that also make her a great friend to me. 

 

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