Guest Post by Austin Graff, The Washington Post
“I create in my job, but I also create outside of work. I create as I turn my house into a home. I create as I connect with my friends. I create as I design zines,” Rachel, the art director for The Lily, The Washington Post’s publication for and by women, told the camera.
As I looked around the small conference room, I thought, “Rachel is right.” We are so much more than our job descriptions. We are multifaceted individuals and that complexity gives us permission to create within our profession.
Stepping back, I saw Phim, a marketing solutions manager at The Washington Post. Not only is she a marketing strategist, but she’s the co-chair of AIGA’s National Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. She’s passionate about connecting people, gathering them around a common purpose. She loves to learn, experience life.
To Phim’s left is a woman named Tori. During the day, she’s a UX product designer at First Look Media. On the side, she’s a videographer and loves to travel the world. Rachel. Phim. Tori. Three strong women not bound by a job description. They are engaged in the world beyond their profession. It’s what sets them apart, makes them great.
It was in this moment that solidified why I love what I do. I tell the stories of the people behind The Washington Post through the WashPostLife channels. I’m the journalist covering the stories of The Washington Post. Behind every great company, product, or idea is a real person, a person with a story. In order to understand the world, we must know, listen, and experience the whole stories of the people in it. It’s why I jumped on the opportunity to tell the stories of the creative community through the AIGA Emerge project.
People matter. They are complex. They are whole. They are creative. It’s what makes their work important, beautiful.