Fresh Face: Kandace Green
by: Josh Ege
Photography: Mike Thomas
The sun is out and a sense of renewal is in the air. Among other things, Spring brings us crisp cut grass, clear blue skies, the game of baseball and hopeful new beginnings. It is a time of renewed hope and alluring energy. I can not help but find myself excited about some of fun things the DSVC Board of Directors is doing to engage our membership including introducing you to a new Fresh Face every other month. Without any further ado, I would like to introduce you to Kandace Green.
Work: Freelance Designer, a.k.a. Wearer of Many Hats
Education: BFA in Graphic Design from Texas Christian University, 2012
Hobby: Baseball Fan
|J| What lead you into your current profession?
|K| A computer class in high school. I was constantly drawing while growing up, like many in our profession, and would always pick art over band or choir when it came to electives. As I came closer to graduating in high school, I still didn’t know what I wanted to choose for a major in college. I just knew that I liked art. Then, I took a computer class in high school that focused on Photoshop and Flash and discovered graphic design. My decision to major in graphic design was pretty much set from there.
|J| What is your dream job?
|K| I want to develop a tight knit design shop that creates a positive social impact in the community.
|J| When you are not designing, what do you do for fun?
|K| I love baseball. My favorite team is the Texas Rangers. I go to at least 1 game a month during the season, more if I can make it. My friends know it is rare I don’t know the Rangers’ win-loss record or what place they are in the AL West.
|J| Since it is early in the season it is a little too easy to ask you about their record, so what do you think the chances are the Rangers will make it to the playoffs or even the World Series?
|K| I think it’s going to be difficult. I’m doubtful of the World Series this year. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see the Rangers in it, but there are several other teams that are stronger overall. I think we have the chance to make the playoffs, likely as a wild card, as long as our bench and bullpen can step up and fill in for all the injuries we suffered in Spring Training.
Spool O' Wool
|J| What is your favorite movie and why?
|K| The entire James Bond series. Several years ago there was a movie marathon on TV of all the old Bond movies from when Sean Connery played the role. I was instantly hooked and have seen all of them ever since. Plus, what’s there not to love now that Daniel Craig has taken over the role.
|J| Who doesn’t like James Bond? I mean, what’s there not to like? Action, suspense, drama, romance with a splash of comedy is what makes them so entertaining. There is a little something for everyone. Now the tough question, what is your favorite Bond Film?
|K| Casino Royale. It’s the 21st film in the Bond series and the first in which Daniel Craig stars. Up until Casino Royale, Bond had always been this suave, untouchable spy with all the gadgets and pretty women. In Casino Royale, he’s grittier, a little unrefined and vulnerable, yet defiantly confident. Compar- ing Daniel Craig’s Bond to Sean Connery’s Bond is like comparing apples to oranges, but I think Craig has refreshed the series.
|J| Who or what is your current inspiration?
|K| DKNG. Their illustration work is stunning to say the least. I am amazed at the intricate details and depth they create in their work while sticking to 3 or 4 colors for screen printing. DKNG also makes process videos for some of their work, which is a great way to learn something new. I am stoked they are coming to DSVC in May. I’ve been constantly bugging my friends to put their name on the comment cards.
|J| What is something that few people know about you that you would like to share?
|K| I almost never went to TCU and may not have been a designer. It’s a long story but at the beginning of high school, I was focused on playing softball and looking to play in college. TCU doesn’t have a softball program so it never would have been on my list; but God had other plans.
Food Drive Graphic
|J| It is amazing how things turn out sometimes. I bet TCU is glad you made your way to them. Speaking of TCU, What was the most important lesson you learned in school?
|K| “There is no fear in graphic design.” This is a favorite quote of Lewis Glaser, one of my professors at TCU. You have to take chances in design and life. You don’t know if you will be successful unless you try; and regardless of if you succeed or fail, there is always something to learn.
|J| What do you consider your best design school project?
|K| My senior thesis. I took the Oakland Athletics, moved them to Portland, Oregon, and created an entirely new brand. I even had a jersey embroidered, built a team locker for the display, and created a team font, which I have recently dusted off and am working to refine.
|J| Is there anything about working professionally that surprised you?
|K| Starting my own business right out of college, I expected it to be trial by fire. I’ve definitely learned a few things, but thankfully nothing has gone terribly wrong. I think one of the most surprising things so far has been when a client gives me a deadline and then seems to be oblivious to it, leaving me to constantly remind them that we need to keep things moving.
|J| What is the one thing you are most proud of in your life?
|K| I’m proud of graduating from college since I was the first in my family to do so. But more than that, I’m proud of volunteering at Reach4Hope Homework Center in South Dallas, not for me, but for the kids. I’ve been volunteering there for a year and a half now and it has been such a joy to watch and help t he kids grow and learn. They come from some really tough situations that we can’t even imagine going through at such a young age, and yet they are still so resilient. It makes me even happier to know that DSVC helped sponsor some of these kids through Raise the Arts since many of them attend MLK Jr. Learning Center.
|J| The DSVC is happy we can help in this very small way. Sometimes getting the word out to people can make a difference. It was a pleasure meeting you and introducing you to the membership. That being said, are there any last words you would like to leave us with?
|K| It’s an honor to be interviewed for Fresh Face. Thank you to DSVC for all you do to organize events for the design community.
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