What recent project at Dropbox Design are you most proud of?
It’s hard to pick one. I really enjoyed working on the ERG campaigns (i.e. Black History Month, LatinX history month, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (API), Women’s History Month) that usually take the form of screen designs, physical installations, physical posters that feature portraits and stories, and custom apparel and swag.
In some ways it can be intimidating to be entrusted with the responsibility to do justice to these cultures, especially if they’re not your own. But I’ve loved partnering with each group and listening closely, so that I can try to capture the essence of their stories in the purest way possible.
For API (Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage) month I remember hand-making collages for each poster; layering sheets of printed vellum onto the posters so that the photos looked like they were floating off. For LatinX month, I experimented with ‘moving portraits’ by layering static typography over slow-motion video. At first glance you’d think that you were looking at a still image, but on second glance you’d see the subtle shifting of people in the portrait.
What’s your favourite thing on your desk right now?
I have a little plastic doll I got from Japan that responds to your voice; when you ask it a question, it either nods its head or shakes it. I use it as a Magic 8-Ball sometimes.