Kayla Velocci

KAYLA-VELOCCI

DREXEL UNIVERSITY, WESTPHAL COLLEGE

Kayla writes: “I have always had a love for art and since a very early age, it has been all I’ve ever wanted to do (it helped that I wasn’t very athletic). I decided to pursue graphic design because I’m fascinated by the psychology of it. When I design I try to keep in mind how my work makes a viewer feel. My co-op experience at EY Intuitive allowed me to explore that. In UX design, designers try to create the best conditions for users to complete their tasks. During user-testing, I saw first-hand the way my designs made someone feel and respond. My love for fine art influences my process. I sketch all my designs before I apply them on screen and often utilize hand-done textures and illustration. My desk is filled with failed drawings and plans (I’m a hoarder of unsuccessful ideas). I find each one extremely valuable in terms of what to do next. My time studying abroad in London inspired my love of travel and after university I hope to see the world, eat all the food and design.”

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
I was born on Long Island NY and now I live in Philadelphia

LEFTY OR RIGHTY?
Lefty Loosey

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
I’m not a person in the morning.

FICTIONAL OR HISTORICAL CHARACTER YOU’VE ALWAYS IDENTIFIED WITH?
Liz Lemon from 30 Rock

ARE YOU MUSICAL AND/OR DO YOU PLAY AN INSTRUMENT?
When I played violin in grade school, they would put me in the back of the orchestra. That’s when I decided to take art classes instead.

FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TV SHOW?
Drake and Josh

LAST BOOK YOU READ?
Waiting by Ha Jin

ANY PETS?
I have a dog named Sully and he’s so soft.

WHAT LANGUAGES ARE YOU FLUENT IN?
English and sarcasm

FAVORITE MOVIE?
Hocus Pocus. I have to watch it at least 4 times a year.

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Yayoi Kusama, Erik Jones, Matthew Stone

FAVORITE CHARITY?
North Shore Animal League

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
Recently, it’s been binge-watching Westworld.

LAST COMPLIMENT YOU GOT?
“Your eyeliner is extra pointy today.”

DO YOU COLLECT ANYTHING?
I collect the bad comps of my classmates projects. I don’t like when hard work is thrown away so I hoard them in my bookshelf.

COLOR USED MOST OFTEN IN YOUR DESIGN?
Orange

TYPEFACE USED MOST OFTEN?
I try not to use any one typeface too often but I can’t resist a good condensed font.

GREATEST STRENGTH/WEAKNESS AS A DESIGNER?
Graphic design is always my priority and I’m not afraid to put in a lot of hours to reach my own personal standards. However, I sometimes have trouble accepting positive feedback and compliments.

IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
Definitely not a doctor (sorry mom). Makeup artist or a supervillain.

A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
Everything that’s difficult you should be able to laugh about. ‑ Louis CK

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