CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
Juan Aranda is a junior communication design major with a minor in writing. He briefly flirted studying product design but couldn’t shake the pull that typography held and continues to hold over him. His mounting collection of books and magazines, and his dwindling checking account, can attest to this. Growing up, his parents exposed him to many different influences fostering his love for music, art, and design. He distinctly remembers their hundreds of museum outings and the many times he’s sat in the audience listening to his father perform with the local orchestra. He’d like to thank them for this and their continued support. Moving forward, Juan’s plan is to keep heading east, experience NYC, bounce around Europe, and make it home in time to watch the Dodgers finally win the World Series again.
WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
Born in Toluca, Mexico, currently live in Los Angeles CA, but go to school in Pittsburgh PA
LEFTY OR RIGHTY?
MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
Mornings during the school year and nights during the summer
FICTIONAL OR HISTORICAL CHARACTER YOU IDENTIFY WITH?
Ron Swanson from Parks and Rec, we have pretty similar diets
The Grand Budapest Hotel
FAVORITE TV SHOW TO BINGE WATCH?
Aziz Ansari’s Master of None
FAVORITE TYPE OF MUSIC?
Jazz, rap, indie, anything that keeps me moving
FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?
FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Ed Ruscha, Siqueiros, German expressionism
LAST BOOK YOU READ?
I’m partway through The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
The arts in public schools
FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
I like being outside whether that means shooting some hoops or exploring the city
IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER…?
Something with music or art, it runs in the family
A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
Si se puede! (you can do it!)