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?
FAVORITE TV BINGE WATCH?
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Lost Podcast on the Left
The Middle Earth Legendarium
Donnie Darko is just crazy and moving
FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Symbolist era artists like Alphonse Mucha, Gustave Moreau, and Carlos Schwabe
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.