Updated: May 29, 2020
Do you have a project title for the work you sent us, and would you be able to explain a bit more about your creative process?
Let's call it Quarantine Quarters. I wanted a side project while in quarantine and around week three I realized I was starting to feel like a human Tamagotchi. I wake, I work, I eat, I drink (wine), I hula hoop, I tv, I sleep etc repeat.
I decided to then model my apartment with this 'gaming' feel in mind. I've been wanting to improve my modelling skills so thought this would be a great base for that too.
Can you please explain your work situation; either work that you’re currently creating, or work that has been affected by COVID-19?
I am still employed full time as a designer which I am very grateful for. All staff at my company have agreed to take a 20% pay cut for the next 3 months in a hope to return to the office together just as we left together. My workload feels a bit lighter but that is the time I fill with tutorials and personal projects, mainly cinema4d based.
You mentioned in your caption "I wouldn't recommend modelling your tiny quarters while confined in tiny quarters" - how is your space affecting your work? Specifically in Brooklyn, where the virus is hitting hard.
haha I started to feel a bit claustrophobic as I continued modelling my space. It is a lot to spend all day everyday in such a small proximity but to then stare at it on a screen and think about it in closer detail probably wasn't my best idea!
I'm lucky to work for a company with an amazing engineering team who set us up to work remotely, so from a technical standpoint I am business as usual. I think from a mental perspective, I have to keep the routine of 9-6 I am 'at work'. My workspace is at the foot of the bed so I'm keeping my pre-quarantine ritual of getting up early, exercising and coffee before 'going to work.' I have my down days but am very grateful to still be employed and healthy so I remind myself of that to stay focused. The dedication of frontline healthcare workers/ essential workers around you motivates you to do your part.
Assuming you're WFH using zoom etc., how do you feel about digital correspondence? How is it affecting your communication with colleagues and clients? Your productivity level? The general energy of a conversation?
I work for quite a large company where digital briefings are regular, but I miss being able to talk things out in person.
We are very lucky to live in a digital age where we can share screens and communicate through zoom and other apps but I think human energy and contact is something that can't be substituted for me.
I miss my colleagues! The design team I am apart of have been staying connected which is nice - we have a morning gif-athon which is one of my daily highlights.
How would you describe yourself and your work as a creative?
I’m definitely a playful person which can come across in my designs. I love connecting with people and places and have noticed an unintentional colorful theme to my personal work.
I find it hard to ‘pick a lane’ in design, and am learning to be proud of the title of ‘generalist.' I saw it as a lack of passion for one specific field, whereas now, having worked with illustration, animation, 2d, 3D, I think I am passionate about design as a whole and enjoy continuing to learn all aspects of the industry.
How are you currently feeling about the global pause?
I am taking each week with gratitude knowing my family and friends are healthy and I still have a job and my own health, but my heart breaks for those who have been hit financially and emotionally.
The only way out of this is to unite on the precautions and social distancing, which is beautiful to see in many countries, such as my home country, Ireland. I'm very proud of them. It is unsettling to see stories in the media, of protests against the pause here in the US. I try not to read but it is hard to ignore. I remind myself I can only play my part, so I focus on that.
Long term, how do you think this will affect the industry?
I think we may see a shift in commercial content - people have created work during the pause without being able to shoot new footage. It would be great to see more design and animation heavy commercials for a while.
What are you doing daily to maintain your focus and energy, to continue to create?
I’m treating my hours as if I was in the office. 9-6 with an hour break. I’ve been turning to Skillshare tutorials a lot which I really enjoy, and am trying to focus on coming out of the pause as a stronger designer. Candy always helps ;)
What is the weirdest meal you’ve had during quarantine?
Hmm, nothing too weird...I'm not an ambitious cook/ baker, and I tried to bake Irish Soda Bread which turned out pretty well on the outside but raw on the inside...I still ate it :)
What don’t you miss about pre-Corona life?
Brooklyners will understand when I say I don’t miss the L train in the mornings!