Some of our designers had childhood aspirations of becoming carpenters, authors, or astronauts, but Carly knew all along that she wanted to be an artist. An alumna of our stellar 2017 SLICE intern crew (along with fellow interns-turned-Lemonheads Allison and Nick), Carly has a talent for solving design problems.

Get to know Carly and check out a few of her favorite projects below!

1. Describe what you do in five words or less.

Brainstorm, conceptualize, design, refine.

2. When did you know you wanted to be a designer?

I decided to focus my fine arts degree on graphic design towards the end of my sophomore year of college. Before that, I considered printmaking and painting, but felt most drawn to graphic design after taking an intro class. It was the perfect combination of artistic expression and problem solving.

3. If you weren’t a designer, you’d be a…

I’ve always been interested in set design for film and TV. It seems like an incredibly creative and conceptual process of storytelling.

Imperial Riding School Renaissance Hotel Venice - Marriott Infographic
Imperial Riding School Vienna – Marriott (Classic Infographic)

4. Your dream design project is…

Creating my own line of jigsaw puzzles.

5. Favorite color and why?

It changes often, but I’ve been into sunset colors lately—warm yellows, soft pinks, blue-purple gradients. I’ve seen some beautiful ones so far this summer, so I think that has been my inspiration.

6. The quality in others you most admire is…

Decisiveness. I struggle with decision making daily, so I’ve always admired those with the intuition to be decisive.

7. You’re secretly really good at…

Garbage can basketball! 🗑🏀

8. What contribution will you make to the creative community in the next 10 years?

I don’t have any specific objectives, but I’m excited to get more involved in the local design community as I continue my career. I think every area artist has a unique perspective to contribute, and it’s inspiring to see that functioning together here in Sioux Falls.

9. What question are you dying to answer that we haven’t asked?

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

10. What’s the answer?

An artist! I hope little me would be proud.

Get to know more of our creative team with our other Designer Q&As.