Q: Tell us a bit about yourself—how did you enter into the field of design?
A: I'm Darian Newman, 25 years old, and currently living in San Francisco. When I was young I found myself obsessed with books and magazines, but I wasn't necessarily reading them. There was just something so enticing about the way they looked, so I think I was interested in design before I was even aware of graphic design as a field of study or work.
When I went to college I studied marketing, then public communication, then studio art but none of it was really landing. I was a teenager during the Tumblr era so I was always seeing these examples of graphic design and thinking, "I want to make things like this." Eventually I transferred to design school in San Francisco. I'm really glad I stayed true to myself and continued to pivot until I found something I'm excited to be doing everyday. It always makes me really happy that I stayed true to this younger part of myself, who has always loved design.