Kate Manos

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OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

Kate Manos is a graphic designer born, living and focused on Los Angeles. Collecting and capturing the accelerated change her city is experiencing through systems such as Google Street View, Kate distributes these digital observations using available printing methods. Kate sees the designer’s role as one of both authorship and intention, and strives to create a practice that incorporates social responsibility. She has just completed her MFA in Graphic Design and she is currently the designer at Clockshop, a multidisciplinary arts organization located in Frogtown – which marries her love of design, LA, community-building, and the arts. Previously, she was the Brand Director at verynice, a consultancy that gives half of its work away for free. Kate currently lives in the Arts District of Downtown with her husband, two black cats, and a mutt named Charlie.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
I’m a Valley Girl from the San Fernando Valley. I live in LA currently.

LEFTY OR RIGHTY?
Righty!

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
A soft morning person

FICTIONAL OR HISTORICAL CHARACTER YOU IDENTIFY WITH?
Harry Potter (and Hermione and Ron), I grew up reading those books every summer as they came out

FAVORITE MOVIE?
Practical Magic! I watch it every Halloween season.

FAVORITE TV BINGE WATCH?
The Office

FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?
I love Instagram for its relative simplicity.

FAVORITE PODCAST?
My Favorite Murder!

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Maira Kalman

LAST BOOK YOU READ?
Now I sound obsessive, but I just finished Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman.

FAVORITE CHARITY/CAUSE?
Planned Parenthood

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
I’ve been trying to take advantage of living in a city by taking public transportation or walking, having weekly adventures…

IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
A florist or a bookstore owner. Who says I can’t do both?

A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
“Be here now.” Too often we are forgetting to savor the now, appreciating time spent intentionally.

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