Friday Fives: Amy Meyer, '16

February 01, 2019

Every Friday we give #highfives to a different designer from our extended family of PNCA students, faculty, alumni, and guest lecturers. 🙌🏾🙌🏻🙌🏽 We ask them five questions.

Amy Meyer, '16 aims to create abstract, visceral experiences through design, from identity and brand-building to installations. You can catch her work as part of 2019's Portland Winter Lights Festival, February 7-9, 6-11pm. Amy is part of Portland Pixel Party, a small, group of artists and designers who will be projecting on the Marquam Bridge, collaborating in real time throughout the festival.

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(Above video from Portland Winter Lights Festival, 2018.)

Q: What do you geek out about?

A: Aside from the usual design stuff, I really love production design and concept art for animation and film.

Q: What do you do to get “unstuck?”

A: Look at design memes.


For personal stuff, I’ll just message a friend or two for a blind read on whatever I’m working on.

Q: What or who inspires you?

A: Some people I’m inspired by: Ash Thorp, David OReilly, Takashi Murakami, Adam Garcia, Andrew Vucko, Joyce N Ho, Grace Duong, Devon Ko, and more…

Q: What are you reading right now?

A: I recently finished reading The Responsible Object: A History of Design Ideology for the Future. It’s a unique collection of essays that cover various examples of of socially committed design ideologies and strategies in multiple design fields throughout history. 5/5, would recommend for design nerds.

Q: Is there anything you wish you had known just starting out, that you know now?

A: In school, I wish we were taught advanced formatting for Word and Powerpoint.

I'm totally serious 😂 It's a reality of "working in the real world." There will be times where you can't use InDesign.

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See more of Amy's work on her website, and follow her on instagram @avanthuit. She has created light-based art installations for Portland Winter Light Festival 2017, Art Hack Day Portland, Pickathon 2018, and more.

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