Becky Eason almost got kicked out of kindergarten because she refused to make a construction paper Easter egg basket with the eggs the teacher had given her. She's hasn't stopped making design decisions since. Eason graduated with European honors from Rhode Island School of Design as an illustration major, having spent 14 months in Assisi, Italy where she had a studio for drawing and painting. She returned to the U.S. to work for Graham Associates, a graphic design studio; went on to launch Home/Life, a Sunday rotogravure magazine for the Washington Star Newspaper; and from there went to Washingtonian Magazine as Design Director.
Longing for a diversity of projects, in 1979, Eason founded Eason Associates in Washington, D.C., balancing editorial design projects with marketing collateral materials. The award-winning firm to this day maintains these two major components. Always an advocate for quality design education, Eason served many years on the Communications Advisory Board for Northern Virginia Community College and developed programs for students focusing on conceptualizing ideas, the business and ethics of graphic design, and career options. Currently she serves on the Advisory Board for the University of Maryland. About three years ago, the studio adopted a "green philosophy" and notified its clients of its intent to only produce projects that were environmentally responsible. Since then, the firm has run an active marketing campaign to educate its clients and others about choices in printing and paper. Eason still thinks purple construction paper is an ugly color.
In this economic downturn, name one thing you have done to weather the tough times. Flexibility is key at all times, but particularly now. The economy will get better and hopefully we will still be standing strong.
If you weren't a designer, what would you be? A psychiatrist by day and a jazz pianist in a smoke-filled club by night.
What's the one thing ALWAYS in your bag that you never leave home without? A beautiful pen
If you could spend 15 minutes talking to any person, living or dead, who would it be and why? Harold Arlen, to thank him
If you could work for anyone, a client or on a project, what would it be? My dream project is all about process. The topic or company is irrelevant. The client would be smart, passionate about the subject, and have a good sense of humor, while demanding the very best; the project team would bond to form one brilliant, cohesive, creative vision; and there would be a sufficient budget to accomplish the tasks.
ONE THING I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT IS Friends
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