Erin Grey

STW21-ERIN-GREY

MILWAUKEE INSTITUTE OF ART & DESIGN (MIAD)

Erin Gray is a third year BFA student with a passion for creating. Erin’s first two years at MIAD were spent studying Interior Architecture and Design with a minor in Communication Design, but in the summer of 2020 she decided to switch after realizing that graphic design was her calling. Understanding the effects of spaces and environments, as well as the effects of compelling communication design, she hopes to blend these two practices together to help make an impact on the world.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?

I was born in Batavia IL and currently located in Milwaukee WI

STUDYING ON CAMPUS OR ONLINE?

I’ve been studying online. Luckily, my field of study lends itself well to online learning. I prefer being on campus, though.

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?

Night owl. I get hit with waves of motivation later at night rather than in the morning.

FAVORITE MOVIE?

Parasite

FAVORITE BINGE WATCH?

Catfish

FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?

Twitter

FAVORITE PODCAST?

I am obsessed with Crime Junkie

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?

Probably Monet. I have a water lilies shirt that I got from the Art Institute of Chicago that I love.

FAVORITE BOOK?

The Handmaid’s Tale. I also love the Hulu series.

FAVORITE CHARITY/CAUSE?

Equal Justice Initiative. Just Mercy is a great movie about Bryan Stevenson and EJI.

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY DURING THE PANDEMIC?

Making, designing and selling stickers is fun and kept me busy

HAVE THE CHALLENGES OF 2020 CHANGED HOW YOU THINK ABOUT GRAPHIC DESIGN AND DESIGNERS?

Yes. Freshman year, I took a class on protest art called “Word: Propaganda, Power & Protest”. This year has made me think about it a lot, especially with the spread of graphic design and infographics on social media. Design is successful when it helps spread important information about a person, event, cause, etc. However, it’s important to avoid reducing important social issues to an aesthetic.

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