Q: What tip would you give to someone who wants to make an impact and is interested in doing the work that you do?
Lead with empathy and authenticity. Using empathy allows you to bridge the gap between your perspective and the perspectives of others, which will enable you to understand the collective needs of those around you and truly effect change. Employing empathy amongst your peers as well as with your project’s targeted audience will help hone communications through messaging, design, and relationships. Being authentic with yourself and with others – celebrating and taking each other’s unique set of values, perspectives, and experiences into account – builds trust and maximizes the potential of each individual in their contributions to a group or project. Prioritize candidness over ego!
Q: Anything you want to add or say to help your colleagues and clients know you better?
Art is, quite literally, my whole life. Outside of my design work, I’m a gallery artist and illustrator. I create drawings in charcoal and colored pencil based on themes of mental health and psychology with the purpose of celebrating authenticity and reducing stigma on conversations around mental health (Website: https://www.annamikhaela.com / Instagram: anna.mikhaela.art). When I’m not drawing, I am spoiling my dogs, hiking, reading, or watching true crime documentaries. I have never met a snack a didn’t like 🙂