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The Incredibly Talented Black Creative We're Celebrating this Month is:

Darby

Jeremy Darby

Tell us about you?

Award-winning Graphic Designer and Illustrator with high-impact experience in bringing powerful, unexpected ideas to life within digital, social, and traditional media. Thrives in collaborative environments that require ingenuity, curiosity, creative problem-solving, and opportunities for growth. I am most passionate about illustration and imagination. Originally from South Carolina and residing in North Carolina

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What are some of your favorite tools or applications you use, or can do without?

I can't do without my sketchbooks, mechanical drafting pencils with blue lead, and brush pens. My favorite apps are Photoshop and Illustrator.

What type of of work do you most enjoy?

Creating logos/branding, poster/marketing materials, the ideation process, and illustration (especially for character design and comic books).

Which project left the biggest impact on you as a designer/creative?

"Cocky Zoltar" is one of three projects that made an impact on me as a creative. It was created to boost the awareness of U of SC's Student Media Organizations (Radio, Newspaper, TV, and Magazine). At that time, I was a paid student designer and this project gave me the opportunity to ideate, art direct, and plan the scale of it for print and use across campus. This thing had interactive large format posters that students could pull org-specific 'tarot cards' from as takeaways. I still reference this project in job interviews based on the amount of deliverables and metrics.

What advice do you have for younger or less experienced AA/BLK designers?

The business side of design is as important to learn as the visual and foundational aspects of design. Also, you don't have to accept every project that comes your way, be open to saying "no".

What would you say is the best way to take advantage of the AAGD Network?

What advice would you give to someone who is interested in what you do?

If you had a special message written on your wrist, what would it be?

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Jeremy Darby,
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