Meet the team for issue 7!
It's happening! Ligature Journal officially kicks off this month and we'd love to introduce you to our brand spanking new design team made up of students and graduates from Billy Blue, UTS and Enmore. They are a strong team of 5 - (L-R) Katherine Zhang, Emma Breen, Brigitte Greene, Celestia Sadeli and Joanna Shuen. To get to know a little more about the team we've asked them a few questions...
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself!
Katherine: Hi, I’m Katherine! I’m a lover of cats, cheese, art and design! As someone whose favourite pastime is to mindlessly stare out of bus windows, it has become apparent that I am very easily stimulated by visual elements provided by the fast-paced world around us. Along with that, I believe music comes hand-in-hand with these staring out the bus window moments – almost becoming a form of therapy to help get the creative juices flowing.
Emma: Aloha! My name is Emma, I’m 22 years old and I’m a Sydney gal, born and raised. I’m currently studying an advanced diploma of graphic design at the Enmore Design TAFE. Being raised by two Irish parents has meant that my life has been full of joy and humour or as the Irish would say, ‘craic’. I have been fortunate enough to have traveled to Ireland ten times and counting to visit my extended family who are just as wild. When I’m not mucking around with my family, I’m spending time with my amazing group of friends. During my free time I’m usually eating (I’m a bit of a foodie). Nothing’s better than scoffing down a big bowl of pesto gnocchi or a plate of spring rolls (preferably not together). On nights out I enjoy exploring new restaurants and bars around the city with friends. If the weathers good you’ll find me at the beach. My all time favourite place to go is the Royal National Park in Sydney’s south coast. There are too many amazing locations in the park to explore. I’m a big fan of going camping during the summer and spending all my money on live gigs and music festivals. Watching live music has to be my favourite thing to do because of all the good vibes and great people you meet.
Brigitte: I'm Brigitte, a maker, creator and globe trotter based in Sydney. In my spare time, you can find me by the beach, behind a book or patting other peoples dogs.
Celestia: My name is Celestia but most of my friends and family call me Celeste. I was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia but I came to Sydney to study design. Other than design I am really into fashion, music as well as literature. I also am really into food. If I weren’t a designer I would probably want to be a food critic. My favourite desert is Ice cream, I would have it anytime of the day and any day of any season. If I were an ice cream flavour I think I’d be salted caramel.
Joanna: Last year, I went to Germany for an exchange semester. It was an enthralling experience which taught me about travel, life and human connection. This year I want to focus more on my design career and build up the confidence and ability to go into the workforce.
2. How did you get into design? Was there a defining moment that made you want to pursue it?
Katherine: From the longest time I can remember, I have been obsessed with Art and its ability to trigger an emotional response. I have always been drawn to the power of visual imagery to instantaneously inform, enlighten and educate us about the world we live in. It was from this passion for Art that my interest in Design became apparent, as I often questioned how text as well as imagery could be used simultaneously to communicate a message to a whole variety of individuals.
Emma: I’ve always considered myself to be a creative person with an interest in following the arts and making new things. During high school, I was never too sure about what I wanted to do in the future, but always felt it had to be something creative. I took chance and enrolled in a diploma of graphic design at Enmore’s Design TAFE. Over the last year and a half I’ve learnt so much about the discipline and have gained so many new skills allowing me to become a more developed and independent designer. I think it’s only been over the course of my studies that the more time i’ve dedicated to my work as well as my growing confidence in my abilities has my love for design and passion for pursuing a career in the industry grown.
Brigitte: I've always had the need to create, whether it be through music, food, art or craft. Being able to create every day for a living was the dream and design seemed to be the perfect way to do that!
Celestia: For me personally there wasn’t really a defining moment. During high school everyone had their minds set on what they’d be taking in college. I wasn’t sure what I was good at but I found design intriguing as I did a lot of illustrations in my free time. So, I thought I’d take a leap and go for design and to this moment I don’t regret a single thing. I love it!
Joanna: Art and craft have always been a part of my life. I chose visual communication design on a recommendation from my sister’s friends. I needed something hands-on but had more stability and grounding than art.
3. Who/what influences you and the style of your work?
Katherine: I have been largely influenced by the work of David Carson and his work as director for Ray Gun Magazine. The unconventionality of his work was particularly inspiring as he creates image with text alone. This eccentricity in design also led me to be inspired by the work of Rudy VandaLans and Zuzana Licko for Émigré Magazine.
Emma: I find it hard to categorise my work into a specific style as I’m still developing and experimenting as a designer. At the moment I’m really enjoying trying out a bit of everything. I really like Swiss typography by designers like Wolfgang Weingart and Emil Ruder and I think the grungy and punk aesthetic of David Carson’s, Ray Gun Magazine’s is really cool.
Brigitte: I'm influenced by the need to bring creativity and excitement into the every day. Although I feel that I am still on my way to finding my 'style' I think that my appreciation for tactile creation is definitely evident through the way I work.
Celestia: The Memphis Group has a large influence on my style of work. They were the ones to create the “80s Aesthetics” I really do love how bold it is, with their use of fonts, colours and patterns.
Joanna: Taking walks and getting inspired by the idiosyncrasies of the neighbourhood. My high school art theory education shaped an appreciation for Futurism and Surrealism. I look towards traditional methods and techniques, such as those in Japanese culture, and find a way to bring it to a contemporary audience.
4. Ask 6 people you know what colour they think you would be and let us know what colour you think you are too.
Katherine: Four of the people I asked said red, while the other two said yellow. I agreed with both, as my favourite colour as a child was yellow which was suitable to my previously shy and soft qualities. But in more recent years, I have often been told that I am the colour red! There is a boldness and power in the colour that I always love to integrate into my work. Plus, it’s the colour of luck in China!
Emma: Red, Pink, Orange, Pantone 252 C (fellow designers response lol), Blue. Me: Pink.
Brigitte: I got a couple of blue's, a mauve and a bunch of green's (for obvious reasons - my last name). I'd have to agree with green, I'm pretty good at keeping my plants alive.
Celestia: This is quite funny, the answers that I got back from people were pinks and purples which I would never see myself as. I would probably see myself as a turquoise.
Joanna: Yellow (family member), Mauve (friend), Yellow (friend), Royal Blue (friend), Yellow (friend), Pink (stranger) and Yellow (me).
5. If you were a type face, what would you be?
Katherine: I believe I would be the type face Chicago which was designed in 1984 by Apple’s graphic designer, Susan Kare. I think early digital typography fits my aesthetics as it ties in my influences being Émigré Magazine which spawned the new-age typefaces with the use of the new Macintosh. Plus I just love the ‘techy’ element integrated into type!
Emma: Futura PT such a classic.
Brigitte: Josefin Sans - I'm a little quirky and different but still don't like to be the centre of attention. I also have a very low x-height.
Celestia: This is a though question. I would like to say that I’m like a Neutra Text, if I do say so myself. Classic with a unique twist.
Joanna: Gill Sans. One of my first ever projects as a design student was to analyse a typeface to create a composition. I chose Gill Sans. While it has a weird, unbalanced ‘e’ and a heavy ‘s’, it’s the quirky nature that reflects who I am. Funnily enough, the typographer Eric Gill also created a typeface called Joanna. Unfortunately, I don’t align to that typeface.
6. Describe yourself using just 2 emojis.
Emma: 💩💃 because those two emojis are lovin’ life
We've got a few fun things coming in from each team member on Instagram so make sure you follow us and keep an eye out!