Name: Erin Woltz
School: University of Houston
Year: Class of 2010
What made you want to study design?
From a young age I was constantly drawing. But I didn’t draw people or animals, I drew words. I didn’t know it, but I was designing. I knew design was right for me when I started noticing typefaces, their details, and the creativity they allow. Details, and their subtlety, continue to inspire me as a designer.
When you aren’t at school, what are you doing?
Since May 2009 I have been a graphic design intern at Ignite Restaurant Group. I’m thankful for the opportunity to work in such a creative environment. My work there is continuously teaching me invaluable lessons about the business of design. My activities at work include but are not limited to the following: helping design menus and campaign collateral for 2+ restaurant concepts, playing with stick on moustaches, designing local store marketing material, working with food stylists and learning how to direct a photo shoot, and the occasional Starbucks run. Another passion of mine is cooking. I’m a big time foodie. I love creating in the kitchen. I find it to be very relaxing. It centers me.
How long have you been an AIGA Houston member & what do you get out of being an AIGA member?
I have been an AIGA student member since August 2008. I enjoy being a member because AIGA gives students so much support. Whether it’s giving us studio tours or just being open to conversation, they’re there for us. They offer so many cool opportunities for us to engage with the community and listen to inspiring speakers. I look forward to becoming a professional member when I graduate.
What’s your favorite typeface?
Lately I have been a fan of TheSerif, the slight diagonal angle on the serif sets it apart from other serifs. But I’ll never let go of my undying love for Univers. Simplicity is usually best.
Who are your design heroes or what designers are you following right now?
My design heroes are definitely Charles and Ray Eames because they constantly remind us that design has no boundaries. Lately I’ve also been following Jennifer Morla, Mikey Burton, Eric Ryan, and the beautiful illustrations of Linn Olofsdotter.
What would be your dream job or accomplishment if you could do or be anything?
Someday I would like to marry my passion for food + design. I think the packaging industry, specifically the food packaging industry, is fascinating. I would love to design spots and/or packaging for Target. I think they continue to produce brilliant and timeless design work, and I would love to be a part of that.
Where can we find you?