Mia Culbertson

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TYLER SCHOOL OF ART, TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

Born and raised in the Sunshine State, MFA student Mia Culbertson is a connoisseur of sarcasm, lover of southern barbeque, and cat mom to a fluffy calico. A multi-faceted designer who has been drawn to social design and art for good throughout her life, Mia has acted as creator and curator on a variety of projects, including the organization, marketing, and installation of two benefit music and art shows, and most recently as project manager for a social design project in collaboration with St. James School of Philadelphia. Originally a printmaker and illustrator, she bridges physical and digital media by bringing these tactile qualities to the screen to create cohesive user experiences, brand identities, and installation projects. With a focus on UX/UI design, branding, and illustration, Mia explores the psychology of human emotion, mindfulness, and politically driven themes in her work, usually with a touch of humor. She hopes to return to academia after gaining more real-world experience.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
St. Petersburg FL

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
A night owl who loves mornings, but just can’t seem to become a morning person

FAVORITE SOCIAL PLATFORM?
Instagram

FAVORITE TV BINGE WATCH?
Parks and Rec or The Good Place

FAVORITE PODCAST?
The Magnus Archives

FAVORITE BOOK?
The Harry Potter series

FAVORITE MOVIE?
Benny & Joon

FAVORITE CAUSE/CHARITY?
Anything dedicated to human rights – Planned Parenthood, ACLU, Black Lives Matter, you name it

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
Hiking and road trips

FAVORITE DESIGNER WORKING TODAY?
Paul Kepple, Headcase Design

AREA OF SPECIALTY?
UX/UI and higher education

IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

THE BEST THING ABOUT DESIGN SCHOOL?
The sense of community and equality. Nothing is better than being able to have a real conversation with your professor during critiques.

A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
“Let that sh*t go” – My mom, the wisest person I know

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