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 BINGE WATCH?
FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?
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.
The Handmaid’s Tale. I also love the Hulu series.
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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