July 03, 2018

Meet Junior Designer Austin

We’re excited to announce that Austin has rejoined our team full-time as a Junior Designer. Learn more about him below and check out some of his personal work here.

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be doing?

I would say printmaking or type design, but since I employ both so often with design, neither are creative answers! I’ve always loved hosting and throwing parties, so maybe I’d be an event planner.

Favorite part about working at a design agency?

The conversations I have with the UpShift team! Many of the designers care about the little things like the space between two letters, the difference between Helvetica and Arial, and the implications of the putting periods at the end of your texts. All very important matters.

Tell us one thing we wouldn’t know about you otherwise.

As a kid I was a gymnast. Though I stopped once I hit high school, I kept coaching a couple beginning classes. I can still do a pretty mean cartwheel.

Favorite hangout when not at UpShift?

There are so many places! One of my favorites to go this time of year is the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park, but I also really enjoy vegging out on my couch.

If you were a Pantone color, which one would you be?

I’ve been using a lot of this peach color (#ffcc99) for my personal branding lately, so I guess I’d be its Pantone equivalent, 712. It’s my desktop background on both my UpShift and my personal computer. I also have no fewer than 10 shirts in some peachy shade. You could say I’m obsessed.

Any particular places you look for design inspiration?

So much of it comes from social media like Instagram and Pinterest, but I also subscribe to a couple of design newsletters and constantly find myself looking to the work of friends and coworkers. I’ll call out a couple of Instagram accounts whose posts I consistently find myself saving: @designeverywhere_ @spasskyfischer and @mister.studio. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, though; design inspiration is never-ending for me.

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