GRAPHIC DESIGN FOR FILM
The Other Stuff
Hi there, I'm Leah. After spending five years in the commercial design world, I discovered Graphic Design for Film, and as the saying goes, it was love at first sight. To have an outlet to combine graphic design, making things with my hands, historical research, textual analysis of screenplays, and variety is absolutely magical to me and I'm truly happy to be on this new path. I am so inspired by the character that pieces of everyday design can have, and aspire to capture that in my own work. I'm especially drawn to the craftsmanship of 19th and 20th-century design. Outside of the design world, I'm the proud mom of a rescued 110 lb. lap dog and run Axels for Alzheimer's, a charity figure skating show.
(Infrequently Asked Questions)
What was your first foray into design?
My photographer dad showed 8-year-old me how to use levels in Photoshop to make people green.
What early sign cemented your future creative career?
When we got diorama projects in school, everyone else would groan while I had to actively contain my excitement.
How did you discover the coolest niche job in the world?
By listening to the 99% Invisible "Hero Props" episode with Annie Atkins. I honestly teared up a little as she explained her design process (on my favorite movie of all time) and instantly knew that no more perfect job would ever exist for me.
Who from your childhood has come back to inspire your development as an adult?
As a teen, I loved watching Mythbusters and was especially a fan of Adam Savage's craftsmanship and humor. About a year ago, I rediscovered him through his YouTube channel and have really been inspired by his ethos for propmaking.
What do you love most about design?
Its ability to work even if no one pays attention to it; it’s quietly powerful. Maybe I actually identify with that.
What have been your most traumatizing design moments?
Being told by a former boss that "white space is wasted space," getting non-ironic emails in Comic Sans, and learning to code.
How has transitioning into Graphic Design for Film changed your view of the real world?
It has honestly become more beautiful. Qualities that once bothered me like outdated, imperfect, or messy now [mostly] feel like charming aspects of that object's character.
What tenant has gotten you furthest in your career?
If you don't know how to do something, Google it—and if that doesn't work, Google it differently.
What combination of women do you aspire to be?
My tiny but no-BS high school ceramics teacher who saw artfulness in everyone and everything, a late coworker who interacted with people in the most special way, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Who is your favorite artistic partnership of all time?
Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake
May I have your dog's business card?
Of course! No one ever expects him to have business cards, so thank you for intuiting his professionalism.