Hello! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi, my name is Angelica Yip! I am from Staten Island. I recently graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Communication Design at the New York City College of Technology. I’m a digital designer by day and an English Labrador mom by night. When I’m not designing, you can find me reading in Barnes and Noble and managing weddings and events with CARMEN & CO.
What brought you to the world of design?
I went on a few different paths before entering the world of design. Initially, I started my college career with my mindset on pursuing Early Childhood Education. Just after my first two years, I knew I did not want to continue on this path even though I adore kids.
Then I got a job working at the bank as a teller and thought, “Hmm… this is for me. I could see a future if I decided to continue on this path. When I got promoted to a banker, I still felt something was missing even though I enjoyed helping people save money every day. I asked myself, “How can I still solve problems, impact people, and be passionate about it?”
When I was exploring other majors, I came across web design. After reading about it, I did not know I’ve been designing and coding since Myspace days! My hobby has turned into my career!
I made two massive career transitions, and I ended up graduating from New York City College of Technology. There I met so many great professors and classmates whom I continued to network with, learned all the fundamental principles, and developed an eye for design. Five years later, here I am advancing in digital design at Havas Tonic.
What kept you in the world of design?—especially understanding that you’ve had some career shifts along the way?
What kept me here is knowing design is continuously evolving. I know I can still grow and continue to learn in this field 50 years from now—if we are not already living on Mars! I am 100% still a work in progress when it comes to being a designer, and I honestly do not think that will ever change. That is what makes it so exciting to be in this field; there will always be something new to learn! Knowing in the design field is in such high demand. It is a great time to dive right into learning the necessary skills to start on the path to becoming a designer.
What’s a special project that you’ve worked on that excites you?
This past summer, I was a part of a team of 10 on a project focused on a new method of surgery called Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT) for children suffering from or with Scoliosis. I feel strongly about this project because we are bringing awareness to VBT; a new innovative surgery that can help get kids to get back to what they love to do. I am excited to see this campaign come about!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, in regards to your career?
The best advice given to me is not to become satisfied with your current abilities. Make it your priority to learn new skills to keep yourself a relevant designer.
One piece of advice I can give to someone who is just starting is to explore all the different types of design careers out there. Test the waters! A candidate who can wear different hats is a plus! Specialize in something you are passionate about but also be able to generalize in other parts of the design. Listen to lots of podcasts and subscribe to articles to keep yourself updated!
What is a question that you are currently exploring?
Two questions I am currently exploring are:
How do you navigate the design industry? Since I’ve just entered the world of design, I must say I had a great start, but I am still learning every day on how to navigate through this field efficiently and timely so I can help change the world.
And this leads to my next question: what does the world need? If I can understand what is needed, I can make life better for humans, and put the needs of the user first when designing.
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