This #MentorMonday features graphic and UX designer Chrissie Cheng - who's also a part of the team at SparkVoice! Chrissie's spark intertwines storytelling with design in order to solve problems and make others' lives easier (or simply just to put a smile on their face). Read how she lives her spark below!
What would you define as your spark; that thing that makes you feel most alive, your passion, dream or purpose?
My spark is helping others through storytelling and design. Whether it’s designing someone’s logo and website to get their small business going, designing an app to help solve a social justice issue, or designing a tiny post-it note just to make someone’s day, I love it all. My love for people drives me to design better products to make their lives easier.
How did you find your spark?
Back in the early 2000s when MySpace was around, I was jealous that my sister could have an account and 9-year-old me could not. I decided to make my own version of MySpace on Microsoft Paint and I never looked back! While I ditched Microsoft Paint for fancier software, I realized my designs could have an impact once I joined my high school newspaper. I was the Spotlight Editor which meant I designed two page spreads highlighting featured articles and issues going on at school. It was a great way to incorporate helping others through storytelling and design!
How do you nurture your spark?
I nurture my spark by working on a variety of projects at a time. I love working with different clients because it doesn’t restrict me to working under one visual brand, keeping my creative juices flowing! I also love switching mediums and platforms - designing a logo and then editing a video then wireframing a website gives me the variety I need to feel refreshed and nurtured.
What is one piece of advice you'd give to young girls and/or moms raising daughters?
My one piece of advice for young girls is to understand that there isn’t one path to success. I put so much pressure on myself during the last two years of high school to succeed the way I thought was the only way how - getting into a dream college, landing the best summer internships, etc. However, I and so many incredible women I know have stories of success that didn’t follow the conventional paths. So enjoy the present, find your spark, and know you’re doing just fine figuring things out!
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