Design is an amazing medium for self-expression. One can take a convention that is run of the mill and turn it into novelty. I feel a great sense of appreciation to be a part of the Appalachian graphic design club. I believe that the future for my town and my state is through technology. Graphic design can be one of the first steps we take as a community in that direction. I realize that the only thing that hold us back from such goals is ourselves. In relation to the word the blog itself has been centered around, poetry is a driving force. It can be pure beauty, poignant despondency or philosophical thought. Poetry is a pure catalyst for one to funnel their emotions and thoughts into which is then transformed eternally into something new and beautiful.
“Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
“Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns!” he said.
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.” – The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Eddie Opara, one of the lead designers for design company Pentagram has worked hard for where he is. Being inspired by a multitude of things, namely architecture, Opara tries diligently in his work to realize his vision for every different design. Looking at his work, Opara has a knack for using geometric shapes in creative ways to innovate. One can look at such pieces as his work for UCLA or one of his well-known pieces stealth to see him changing the ways we view regular design as a more fluid and versatile field, where the possibilities are limitless as long as a point is made. Having been encouraged into this field as a child, Opara got a head start into the creative sphere. Having talked with him, I think this was integral to his career. And the most impressive thing I learned from him was to not become too attached to what you’re working on, because everyone else there has a different vision. Opara is a seasoned Graphic designer who takes care into his work and appreciates the versatility of the medium and I look forward to seeing his future work.
What is your Background?
Growing up, I was drawn to the arts and sciences—I loved reading books, playing sports and instruments, painting and building things, and spending time outdoors. I studied Behavioral Neuroscience in college and worked for several years in science and healthcare research before pivoting to design. I worked in branding and product design, as well as website and mobile app development before joining Automattic.
What does design mean to you?
Design is intentional. It shapes the way a product, message, or experience is delivered. Good design is informed by human behavior—it makes things easier to use, more intuitive, and more enjoyable to experience.
What has been the favorite piece you’ve worked on?
At Automattic, I led a brand illustration project to define an inclusive set of illustrations for use in our product and marketing. You can read more about the project here: Democratizing Identity.
Do you have any artistic influences?
I draw inspiration from everywhere, particularly nature.
What has remote work done to benefit you?
Remote work gives you the freedom to collaborate with diverse, talented, and fascinating people from all over the world.