Friday Fives: Tess Peppis, Post-Bacc '20

March 06, 2020

Display of tarot cards titled "one nation. one time."

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. They give us five pics.

Tess Peppis is studying graphic design in our Post-Baccalaureate residency, a one-year program based in mentor-guided independent and class-based studio work and cultural theory and context. Tess' interest in design for good, and specifically around climate justice issues, brought her to pursue this work at PNCA.

Graphic Design Department Head, KRB, spoke with Tess in Spring 2020.

Poster reading "the choice is ours" 3 times.

Q: What do you geek out about?

A: I geek out about being environmentally friendly and living as plastic free as I can! I’m obsessed with reusing things and taking the extra step (even if it’s weird) to never use single use plastic. I try to incorporate this passion into my designs to create a visual language that can teach about climate change and our impact on the environment.

incoming phone call screen from an unknown artist from PNCA

Q: What is one thing you want to learn right now?

A: How to surf!

Q: What advice would you give your former self/just starting out in school self?

A: I would tell myself to enjoy everything, the good and the bad! It all goes by so fast and it really doesn’t matter what you study, or what comes next, as long as you are learning and growing as a person.

Book title of Survey of Graphic Design

Q: What is your favorite trick for “keeping it all together”?

A: My favorite trick is taking a step back, and allowing myself to get some sort of exercise. Maybe going for a run or going to the gym, or even just going for a walk to let my mind refocus.

A poster to spread awareness reading "plastic kills"

Q: If you were not a designer, what would you do?

A: I would be a personal trainer or physical therapist!

A compilation of merchandise from shirts to CDs reading "forgotten daisies"

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