Specialties: Creative Direction, Ideation, Print, Branding, Web
Quirks: easily excited, connoisseur of fine cats, guzzler of monster energy, literally always skips breakfast, more happy accident than pixel perfect, pathologically driven by visions of better worlds
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Picture a small town punk with blue hair, patches sewn on their jacket, and holes in their jeans. They go to three-person protests, play guitar in their room, listen to The Pixies on their Walkman*, and collage posters for local shows. Yeah… that’s me at 17 in little ‘ol Yakima, Washington. I was rebellious, anti-authoritarian, and hell-bent on forging my own path. Repelled by the idea of going to college, I dropped out of high school. That’s how the man gets ya, you know. My plan? Work at a thrift store for the rest of my life and not let school taint my art.
That path? Fortuitously detoured by the jobs section of my local newspaper**. “Wanted: Screen Printer with Experience”. Experience? None of that. Moxie? A lot of that. I rang them up***, “Hi, I’m Tania. I saw your ad in the paper. If I’ve never screen printed, how do I get experience in screen printing?” The receptionist, “Nobody has ever called and asked that question, can you come in for an interview tomorrow?” Job landed. Experience gained.
When I wasn’t burning screens, mixing inks, and printing they let me experiment with the computer. I got my first glimpse of a road out of Yakima by learning to design t-shirts for local bands I liked. Graphic design was a way to talk to the world about things that mattered. I didn’t know how I was going to get there but I knew where I was going. Maybe college wasn't such a bad idea.
I wound my way through a design degree, chasing down an internship in NY, turning that into my first “grown-up” job. I traveled from coast to coast working dream design jobs before leaping into the business I dreamed up in college, a small creative studio named Brilliant so Brilliant. 24 years after I started rebelling, 19 years after I ran into that newspaper ad, and 15 years after I walked through the doors of my first design job, I’ve arrived carrying everything I’ve picked up along the way to help people talk about what matters in a cohesive, compelling, and creative way.
Specialties: Social Media Design and Marketing
Quirks: funny noises, needs pictures of your pets, have it will craft it, literally never skips breakfast, nail polish color theorist, brain never stops,
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Mary Margaret, how do we describe thee? We've got writer's block coming up with the perfect way to sum up such a unique and creative being. BRB, y'all!