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Art Institute of CA-San Diego
Freelance Graphic Designer
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Oakland, California, United States · Member since June 2012
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I am a graphic designer and have just relocated to the Bay Area with my hubby. We just spent two months in Europe and used Airbnb for our lodging needs in Barcelona. It couldn't have been more perfect. We stayed in a lovely little apartment in the Gothic Quarter of the city. It had roof access and a view that was breathtaking. I'm not usually one for humidity, but, there is something sexy about sweating in Barcelona at 11pm, I don't know what it is.
I love to travel more than anything. It inspires me. Seeing a foreign countryside for the first time or being cussed at by a Frenchman because you stepped out in front of him while he was driving is exuberating. I'm not suicidal, it's just the tiny things that you really remember.
I love designing. I like to think that I bring ideas to my clients and teach them about communication whether it's through typography, image, sound, etc.
I love cooking. While living in San Francisco, in my 20's, I cooked to survive. It's how I met my hubby. The restaurant I worked for had a booth at the Farmers Market. He was a med student at the time and I wore a Betty Ford Clinic shirt to work. It was a match made in heaven. Just so we're clear, I was never a resident at The Betty Ford Clinic.
I cannot live without music. I just love music, not all music. I'm kind of a geek with my compilations. Total geek!!
Back to traveling, as I mentioned before, I went to Europe for 2 months. It was a present from my husband Jeff's family. I had always wanted to go to Russia since I was a little boy. So we started the process about a year ago to apply for our visas. It's crazy to want to go to Russia. Someone has to invite you who lives there, the water will eventually kill you, borscht is on every menu in the city from Korean restaurants to Italian and I kid you not, our driver misses communism. It was incredible!
But, I have to say Scandinavia is my favorite place right now. We spent a little time in Helsinki to visit some friends. Apparently it's the design capital of the world. I had read in the NY Times about this publishing house called Napa and that they offer a font walk around the city. Huge geek! But, you know I'm a designer so of course I'm a font geek. It was phenomenal needless to say. There is this whole style of Finnish art nouveau typefaces that are dotted around the city. So, on this font walk, you would go around following a map and then it would tell you the story of the font and why or who used it. One of the coolest things I have ever done. Even my friends who live there found it fascinating.
Finally, right now, in my life, I'm most excited about starting the process of adoption with Jeff.