Life After Design School: An interview with Adriana Koc-Spadaro 10 years after grad
Adriana Koc-Spadaro is a fellow IDEA School of Design at Capilano University graduate (Class of 2007). She is currently an art director and self-described community initiator – passionate about connecting creativity and intuition. She was interviewed in September 2017, a decade after graduating by Chestnut St. Pixel Foundry and asked what advice she has for current design students or recent graduates.
Work on your intuition. Being creative has everything to do with it. It is a way of tapping into how you manifest an idea or a gut instinct on how to make an idea really impactful. It will guide your career, and lead you to the projects and a life that lights you up.
I’ve worked on several projects that light me up in the last few years. I have always felt passionate about connection, community, and empowerment. When I focus on these themes, amazing people and opportunities show up. I’ve spoken at PechaKucha, volunteered with Girlvana Yoga, hosted wellness workshops, mentored an event in Barcelona, and created Dinner on the Pier.
Graphic design is more than just design. My time in the industry has trained my brain to coordinate details to execute a vision. A good designer follows their intuition and does the work to understand different point-of-views.
Read the full interview at: cspixelfoundry.com.
Adriana's 2018 Moon Calendar shown below is available for purchase on her website adrilovesyou.com as of today, December 15, 2017. Congratulations, Adriana!
About Chestnut St. Pixel Foundry
Chestnut St. Pixel Foundry is a branding and digital strategy studio located at the edge of historic Gastown in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Founding partners Kelly Chen and Megan Seely met and graduated from the renowned illustration and graphic design program (IDEA School of Design at Capilano University). After working in advertising agencies and design studios large and small for two years post-art school, Kelly and Megan decided to venture out on their own.
About Dinner on the Pier
Dinner on the Pier brings the friendly community of North Vancouver together every summer in August to celebrate the bright future. In collaboration with local North Vancouver vendors and community leaders, the evening is an event with good food, great people and local talent. The night includes a cocktail hour in the Pipe Shop, followed by live music, dinner, and desert under the lights on the Lower Lonsdale pier.
Photo by Nelson Mouëllic