Meet Victoria, our quick-witted Interactive Designer. From the moment we hired Victoria, we knew her ability to think outside-the-box would take our design skills to the next level.
A little background about Victoria:
Victoria grew up in East Hartford, Connecticut, and has always been drawn to the arts. From a young age, she was constantly writing poems, drawing sunsets with her grandfather, and attempting to play any instrument she could get her hands on. She even remembers the exact moment when she knew she wanted to get into design – “I was around 8 years old and was with my mother at Home Depot. She was trying to pick out wallpaper to paint our dining room but they didn’t have enough of the one she wanted. I remember searching for the perfect color palette for her and finding something that was better than what she originally envisioned. After we chose it, her friends walked into our newly designed dining room and were stunned. I remember feeling so proud that I had created something so beautiful and memorable.”
When it was time for Victoria to go to college, she tended to think like many other artists – that she wasn’t talented enough to be in the field. (Boy, was she wrong!) She entered college as a marketing major because she felt that it was creative enough, and would provide more job opportunities right out of college than design would. She did quite a bit of ‘college-jumping’ while interning full-time in the Creative Services department of Travelers. Throughout her internship, she built relationships with many of the designers, who eventually gave her the courage to change her major to Web Design at UHart and then AAU.
Past work experience:
Victoria started her internship at Travelers while she was a senior in high school. She worked her way up from Intern, to Design Freelancer, to one of the main full-time Digital Designers in the department. She claims, “It was there that I fell in love with UX/UI design.” After completing a course at General Assembly for UX Design, she knew that she wanted to be designing websites/digital experiences that were simple but useful. Her exposure to digital work at Travelers and General Assembly prepared her for Lumi and its mainly digital focus.
Victoria is proud to be one of the lucky people that is able to make a living off of her hobby. When she’s not in the office designing, she’s out looking for inspiration. Victoria is also a beer connoisseur and an espresso enthusiast (which has definitely come in handy, since we have an espresso machine right in our office). If there was more time in the day, she claims she would be a part-time barista, “I just love everything about coffee; the smell, the taste, the everything.”
Something people don’t really know about her:
Victoria may have everyone in the office beat with this one – “I never wear matching socks – like it is my thing.” We just found out that she purposely buys funky patterned socks to mix them up, but has some method to her madness. “I am a designer after all, so they have to be in a cohesive color palette.”
“Well, I don’t know how many years on this Earth I got left. I’m gonna get real weird with it.” – Frank Reynolds from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Favorite office accessory:
Her Urban Ears wireless headphones.
“I have never been so motivated and inspired at work. I am surrounded by kick-ass people at Lumi who know more than me. They push me to be better, learn more, and be innovative. And most importantly, they help me achieve my goals, and cheer me on when something great happens. I think that is hard to find – people who want to see everyone do well, without stepping on others’ backs to succeed. I love my Lum-ily.”