Lydia Shemurah

STW2020_LYDIASHEMURAH

KANSAS CITY ART INSTITUTE

A senior at the Kansas City Art Institute, Lydia Shemurah’s minimalist tendencies, passion for physical methods, and tech-driven aesthetic are her primary tools when designing apps and infographics. She’s fascinated with psychology and it informs what she makes, especially when she’s working in the digital, product development, and user experience realms. She’s received the Jan Tschichold Award for Experimental Typography and completed internships with Southwestern Stationery, Freestyle Creative and Sagac Public Affairs. When she has free time, she writes personal prose and plays video games.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
Choctaw OK, a half-hour outside of Oklahoma City.

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
More of a morning person, but I like the night if the mood is right

FAVORITE SOCIAL PLATFORM?
Instagram

FAVORITE TV BINGE WATCH?
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

FAVORITE PODCAST?
Lost Podcast on the Left

FAVORITE BOOK?
The Middle Earth Legendarium

FAVORITE MOVIE?
Donnie Darko is just crazy and moving

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Symbolist era artists like Alphonse Mucha, Gustave Moreau, and Carlos Schwabe

FAVORITE CAUSE/CHARITY?
Educating people about psychology and mental health

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
Writing stories and prose

FAVORITE DESIGNER WORKING TODAY?
James Victore, David Carson

AREA OF SPECIALTY?
Interaction design and print design

IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Anthropologist or psychologist

THE BEST THING ABOUT DESIGN SCHOOL?
The sense of immersion and shared passion. It’s motivating to be surrounded by people who care about the same practice. There’s a lot of healthy competition and I feel like we build each other up.

A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
Be better than you were yesterday. The only way to mature is to confront our shortcomings.

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