Danae Douglas

Q&A with Danae Douglas

When did you start designing?

I've been drawing for as long as I can remember -- my family definitely has the art gene (my mom was a watercolorist and muralist, and my dad was a digital painter). I always assumed I'd also become a fine artist, but when a college representative visited my high school and showed us examples of graphic design work, I fell in love with it.

What are your favorite things to design/illustrate?

That's a tough choice, but I'd have to say my favorite thing to design is probably anything wearable. I've designed a couple t-shirts for different events at my college, and I think it's awesome to see someone wearing something you created.

How do you keep yourself inspired?

My college library has an incredible collection of design magazines and books. I also try to keep up with the news, both local and international. As a designer I think it's really important to be globally minded and try to take in as many different perspectives as you can.

What was the inspiration behind this design? I wanted to show a picnic as an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, as well a chance to travel greenly to get there. Biking is an excellent way to stay healthy, to take in your surroundings, and to get you where you're going without doing any harm to the environment (and it's also really fun!).