Visually Marketplace Designer Spotlight: Michelle Calderon

Visually’s Marketplace connects thousands of designers with clients seeking to commission infographics and data visualizations. Every week, we feature a member of our designer community here, on the blog. If you are interested in participating, please contact us at blog[at] Name: Michelle Calderon Age: 26 On Visually: michelleink88 In design: 2 years       1. Tell us a bit about yourself: how did you get into design, and how long have you been doing it? I was in the Design program at Cal State Long Beach, focusing on Interior Architecture. In my senior year I realized I was much more excited to do the layout and graphics for my presentations than the 3D-Modeling and floor plans, so I made it my mission to learn everything I could about graphic design and illustration on my own. I made up projects for myself and was determined to improve every day. I had 3D-Modeling jobs after graduating and all I wanted to do was get home to practice this stuff! 2. In 7 words or less, describe your style. Versatile, playful, character-driven, informative. 3. If you could take a seminar with one designer or artist, dead or living, who would that be? Why? I’m enamored with all of Column Five’s work and how everything they create is a perfect combination of illustration, data, and wit. It’s inspiring. I have their book, but a class from them about versatility and how they integrate ideas with productivity would be amazing. 4. What’s your favorite color? Why? I’ve been partial to orange lately, weird, because it’s my least favorite flavor 5. What is the biggest mistake you’ve made in your work and what did you learn from it? I sometimes forget to take a break to enjoy life, always feeling like I should be getting things done if I’m away from a project. I think a lot of designers can relate to that, I always try to remind myself, “taking time to live will only inspire your work.” 6. What about your biggest achievement? Tell us about the project you are most proud of in your career so far. I’m so grateful that I get to do this for a living, so finding a career that I’m excited to do everyday is more accomplishment than I could ask for. The recent projects I’ve completed with my team and that thrived on our collaboration are the ones I’m most proud of. We completed a graphic this week about the history of toys where I got to illustrate lots of fun things for the kids – I enjoyed that one a lot. 7. Who should we feature in this space next? Kelli Anderson; her work with textures, illustration, and experimenting with materials is incredible!

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