THOMAS JEFFERSON UNIVERSITY
Miette Rivera is a senior Graphic Design Communication major. Growing up in Chicago, she played the drums for nine years and developed a (very strong) love for Thai food. She’s always found herself making things, from elaborate paper ant houses during first-grade recess to posters in high school. So, it seems fitting that she has ended up in design. She loves to see her ideas come to life, and it feels even better knowing she was the one to push herself there. Although she’d consider herself more of a “stay in the house” introvert, she’s also always been drawn to working with people. She was an RA for two years, is on her fourth year of volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and she strives to create things that connect with folks. When she’s not working, Miette loves to spend time with her girlfriend and their two Weiner dogs. Post-graduation, they hope to see themselves hiking the Rockies with their boys every weekend.
WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
Night owl. I get my best work done when everyone else is asleep.
FAVORITE SOCIAL PLATFORM?
Twitter, I like my memes locally sourced. Plus, there are some awesome activist circles.
FAVORITE TV BINGE WATCH?
Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein
The Little Prince
FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
Napping with my dog Frank!
FAVORITE DESIGNER WORKING TODAY?
Anyone who prioritizes social impact design.
AREA OF SPECIALTY?
Nonprofit and public policy communications!
IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Art teacher. Kids crack me up.
THE BEST THING ABOUT DESIGN SCHOOL?
The freedom to explore all these different fields! I’ve been lucky enough to take web, motion graphics, illustration, 3-D modeling, accessibility, and experiential design.
A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.