Behind the Design: Maggie Ress

We’re so excited to welcome our new graphic designer!

Hello! I’m Maggie Ress, Sparq Design’s new Graphic Designer. I’m new to Pittsburgh, and am very excited to call it home. I’m a graduate of Kent State University, where I studied Visual Communication Design. My passion is working with companies to make their visual identity something they love, so I’m thrilled to be a part of a creative agency with such awesome clients!

Q: Give us some insight into your morning routine!
A: My morning routine starts by me snoozing my alarm at least 3 times. I would not call myself a “morning person”. Next, I cuddle my dog who is as fond of my bed as myself. Together we motivate each other to start our day, which always begins with making coffee.

Q: Three apps that help with your work…ready go!
A: Pinterest- When it comes to finding inspiration you can always count on Pinterest for really specific results.
Calendar- I’m the type of person that writes something down and somehow the piece of paper disappears into a different dimension. So having all of my events and meetings digitally in one place is great.
Slack- Slack is a great app for keeping in contact with co-workers and clients. It lets you create different channels for different projects, making it easier to keep in contact with multiple people on a project without having to constantly email.

Q: What music do you listen to while you’re working?
A: Usually some form of Indie rock or pop. My most recently played Spotify playlists are Indie Chill Out and Afternoon Acoustic. Also, you really can never go wrong with a 90’s music playlist.

Q: What’s your dream job (besides working at Sparq =])
A: In a way, I’m kinda already doing my dream job. I don’t know what I would be doing if I weren’t a graphic designer. My passion is working with businesses to make their visual identity awesome. Plus there’s regularly a dog in the Sparq office, that’s a dream. I would really love to someday be able to travel and work with clients all over the world.

Q: If you could sit down and have an hour-long conversation with any person alive or deceased who would it be?
A: I would love to chat with my maternal grandfather. I never had the chance to meet him. Everyone in my family says that he was the funniest guy they had ever met, so I feel the whole hour would be spent laughing.

Q: Who is your idol in the business world? Why?
A: Paula Scher. She currently works as the first female principal at Pentagram in NYC. She was featured in the Netflix Documentary “Abstract”. In the documentary she talks about how creative people should “embrace boredom”, and that her best ideas have come to her while she was bored in a Taxi cab. She’s just has had an amazing career working with huge names and remains totally down to earth.

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