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?
FAVORITE TV BINGE WATCH?
Parks and Rec or The Good Place
The Magnus Archives
The Harry Potter series
Benny & Joon
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