THE MODERN COLLEGE OF DESIGN
My name is Mariya Dydyk. I am a second-year student. Originally I came from Ukraine, where my passion for art started. I have always loved to draw and participated in many art contests. I came to America in 7th grade, where my life and goals changed. I fell in love with graphic design and decided to turn my passion into a career. After February 24, 2022, my life changed again. I felt so much patriotism and pride for my native country because Ukrainians are strong in spirit and thirst for freedom. So, I started using my creative abilities to help volunteer organizations. Helping Ukraine inspires me and gives me the strength to continue my safe life far from my homeland. As a designer, I aim to become a strong storyteller and create beauty. Finally, I have strong views on life, where justice, equality, and love play crucial roles in our lives.
WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL INSPIRED?
I feel inspired by my peers, instructors, friends, and Ukrainian people who fight for their identity. Also, the fantastic work of other graphic designers profoundly inspires me.
WHAT ARE YOU READING/LISTENING TO/WATCHING?
I am listening to KOLA, a Ukrainian singer. I am rereading Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. Also, I currently finished watching Enola Holmes on Netflix.
WHO IS SOMEONE YOU LOOK UP TO IN YOUR FIELD?
I look up to Yurko Gutsulyak, who is a Ukrainian designer. He specializes in brand identity and packaging design. My favorite quote from him is, “Just as Ukrainian identity, Ukrainian graphic design experiences today a stage of its active development.”
WHAT AREA OR AREAS OF DESIGN ARE YOU HOPING TO WORK IN OR SPECIALIZE IN?
I want to specialize in branding and packaging design.