Interview with Eden Nicole Papineau

Date of Interview

June 3, 2011

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City & Country of Residence

Gaithersburg, United States

Curently Working For

KMI Media Group

Type of Design


1. Besides the usual online blogs and galleries, from what or where do you draw inspiration?

Inspiration can be drawn from anything. It could be from where I went last weekend to what I ate this morning or something funny someone said earlier. It's the metaphor that develops in my mind that makes me have that "ah ha!" moment. Usually if it makes me laugh, cry, mad or I think it's just plain weird I go for it. The theory behind this is if I find it interesting, someone else will. If it makes sense to you, at least one person will get it and laugh/cry with you.

2. Design-related or not, can you list up to 3 books that you've found beneficial to your growth as a designer?

Type and Image by Philip B. Meggs. A must read for any designer.

Fingerprint by Chen Design Associates. Hand drawn elements into design.

The Money Book for the Young Fabulous & Broke by Suze Orman. I entered this profession knowing that I will be fabulously broke for awhile.

3. If you could name one tool/application/software/hardware that you can't live without (from a design perspective), what would it be, and why?

Easy. Photoshop. Photoshop is really the backbone of everything I do. You are limited in layout and type use which is why InDesign is so important to have, but I believe with a good eye and prehistoric layout knowledge, you can literally create anything in Photoshop.

4. What would be your design "dream job"?

I haven't really quite figured that out yet. Anything I do in design is my "dream job" because I feel so lucky to be able to actually do something that I love so much. At this point I definitely would like to work in the product design realm — it seems fun and rewarding, especially designing for beer and wine.

5. What changes would you like to see in the design community in the next 5 years?

The economic downturn over the past few years has also taken its toll on the design community. Designers are forced to take lower paying jobs and accept lower rates to get work for a service that often times people cut from their budget when finances aren't that great. It's turned into a luxury to hire a designer and is often times viewed as a service that is not always necessary.

Even though designers are getting paid less, any good designer would not sacrifice their quality even if the pay isn't that great. Designers usually realize that this is not going to be a six figure job choice, but no one goes college to have to do spec work in hopes they land a job or intern forever. I hope that in the next 5 years things will turn around so designers are not discouraged and frightened after they receive their diploma. They can enter the workforce with confidence knowing they have a lot to offer and they don't have to live out of their parents house and eat cup o'noodles to live 5 years post grad.

Special thanks to Eden Nicole Papineau for taking the time to answer these questions exclusively for Interviews by Design.

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