Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Design assistants: What you're in for, pt. 2

Next up is Tracey Morgan, art director turned copywriter turned mom, whose facebook bio reads:
I hate iceberg lettuce, Ellen, visible butt holes on animals, people who back into parking spaces, when you think you're getting a chocolate chip cookie and it turns out to be raisins, cream cheese in the bagel hole and pick-a-size paper towels!!

Name:
Tracey Morgan

When worked with Jelly:
September 2000 thru May 2001 as a graduate assistant.

Current job:
I’m an unemployed copywriter and stay-at-home mom to my 4-month-old son. Despite always being very career oriented, I consider raising my son the most important (fun, rewarding, amazing) job I’ve ever had. I credit this, in part, to two things Jelly impressed upon me: ‘life is short’ (we share a mutual love of walking around cemeteries) and ‘if you’re going to do something, do it well’ (whether you’re sweeping a floor, kerning type or in my case: nurturing a life).

What the experience of working with Jelly was like:
Jelly has always made me pretty nervous. I think part of the reason for this is that I’ve never been a very confident art director or designer (or even copywriter). Despite (probably) realizing my lack of confidence, Jelly always had every confidence in me. This is powerfully motivating. He would have never yelled at me if I did a bad job, he’d only be quietly disappointed. Even though I’ve never had a problem doing my best, I tried harder, dug deeper and even pulled all-nighters on assignments he gave me. I learned a lot from Jelly and think of him often. He has an appreciation for life that’s infectious, he’s hilarious (goodness!), and the person who gets to be his design assistant is very lucky.

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