A Conversation with Nancy
Our goal here at Baby Nimbus is to help promote and support local, upcoming graphic designers, illustrators, artists, or as we like to put it... doodlers. Part of how we do it is by putting their designs out there to let them showcase their talents to you. The votes not only is a way for you to choose which item becomes our next month's feature item, but it's also a way for y'all to give them some encouragement and some feedback.
So another way that we try to promote our doodlers, is to let y'all get to know them a little bit better and give you a little more insight into who they are and what they're all about. So below is a little conversation we had with Nancy, who submitted this month's DoodleClash winner!
BN: Hi Nancy, congratulations again in winning your Doodle-clash and coming in and allowing us to interromagate you. OK. First question. Where were you born?
BN: What was the first thing you remember drawing?
N: I know I’ve drawn other things before it but the one I remember was copying a picture of Cinderella from a Disney picture book “novelization” of the movie. I was seven, it was my first year in Canada and so this was one of my early introductions to the western animation style. I remember having trouble with the hands and hiding them behind her back.
BN: What was the first design that made you feel like you should become a designer?
N: I was in a career transition and volunteering for ACCORN Canada when they had a campaign for affordable internet (Digital Divide campaign). I was one of the group making signs with slogans for the campaign and thought that a logo would be effective along to go along with this.
This is Digital Design logo was what started a resurgence of interest in design for me. One reason I did not go further into art/design when I was younger was that while I believed my technique was quite good, I lacked confidence in my originality. I didn’t feel I had much to “say” visually. With the Digital Divide logo I was able to execute an original design that was a cute visual message which conveyed and advertised the campaign message. I believe that this communication of an original thought through design is what separates the technician from the creative.
BN: What’s your favourite food?
N: Too many to list them all, right now I would like a jalapeno cheese bagel from Tim Hortons (toasted and buttered).
BN: Do you have any other hobbies?
N: I’ve always had an interest in history and current events.
BN: What is your favourite colour?
N: Changes often, currently blue. Depending on the shade it can be both soothing and energising.
BN: What influences should we find in your designs?
N: It’s difficult to say because I’ve probably taken in a lot subliminally. Currently I’m working on more animation type designs which use the relationship between the subjects, their facial expression and body language to create a cute yet meaningful message.
BN: What’s the idea behind your doodle-clash submission?
N: I think this doodle-clash has a bit of a Looney Tunes feel: cute but a bit mean-spirited on the part of the whale.
BN: What made you decide to participate in Baby Nimbus’ doodle-clash?
N: I liked the idea of designing for baby clothes. Since the company is committed to quality of their product I have hopes that this design will have longevity as a well-loved piece. It can be something that friends and relatives will find cute and clever while they’re cooing over the baby. And if it is kept long enough the child him/herself can learn to appreciate it.
BN: Is there anything you’d like to say to all those people that voted for your Doodle-Clash submission?
N: Thank you very, very much. I understand that some of you actually felt passionately enough about the design to ask for it to be brought back for a second Doodle-Clash which is very flattering. It’s very encouraging for me to get such positive and enthusiastic feedback especially as someone just starting out on a design career.
The following questions originally came from a French series, “Boullion de Culture” hosted by Benard Pivot and were popularised in North America by James Lipton, who asks every guest at the end of “Inside The Actor’s Studio” show.
BN: What is your favourite word?
BN: What is your least favourite word?
N: Literally when used incorrectly. I’m one of those people.
BN: What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?
N: Originality, risk taking, imperfection
BN: What turns you off?
N: Derivative works, mediocracy
BN: What is your favourite curse word?
BN: What sound or noise do you love?
N: Can’t think of anything in particular
BN: What sound or noise do you hate?
N: Metal scraping against metal
BN: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
N: Non-fiction writing.
BN: What profession would you not like to do?
N: Anything that is too routine and boring.
BN: If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
I hope everyone enjoyed this discussion with Nancy. If anyone wants to find out more about Nancy and her designs, see our Doodle Squad, or visit Nancy's facebook portfolio. I hope everyone's had as much as we've had. Stay tuned for next month's Doodle Clash!