At JB Chicago, we love to watch each member of the team grow, participate in new challenges, excel and push each other to the fullest potential while also having fun.
With that being said, we couldn’t be happier or more proud to announce that our Senior Designer Megan Jackson will compete against other talented Chicago designers in Pixels of Fury, an exciting live design competition on May 4th, 2017!
What exactly is Pixels of Fury, you ask?
Pixels of Fury is a live design battle hosted by Shutterstock every year since 2013, in which 6 Graphic Designers battle against the clock and each other to show off their skills. The designers are grouped in threes and are given 20 minutes to design a topic that the host has chosen. Once the 20 minutes are up, the audience casts their votes in an online poll to decide who’s design they liked most from each group. The two left standing in each group are then given another 20 minutes with a different category than before for the final challenge. The audience will vote on the design/designer again to pick the winner of a cash prize and who will away with The Furious Pixel Trophy in hand. It’s an exciting and fun night for all involved, with food and beverages, music, networking and of course, the live design battle itself!
How can you get involved?
To learn more about the event, check out past events or get your free ticket, check out this link: http://view.ceros.com/shutterstock/pof
To learn more about Megan and the inner workings of our talented Senior Designer, see below!
Q: How long have you been doing Graphic Design?
A: I took my first Graphic Design class my sophomore year of high school in 2009, so I’d say that’s when it all started.
Q: Where did you go to school and what did you study?
A: I went to college at The Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg and got my BFA in Graphic Design. I was nominated for valedictorian and was at the top of my class. 😉
Q: How did you hear about Pixels of Fury and why did you decide to enter?
A: I heard about Pixels of Fury right after it happened last year, so I have been keeping an eye out since March for anything about it and entered right away. I decided to enter because I love competitions and I’ve done timed competitions before and won Best of Show and First Place.
Q: How have you been preparing, physically and mentally for the competition?
A: I’ve been getting random, timed challenges at work from my design partner in crime (aka Jessica) and I feel like it’s helping me mentally and physically. Other than that I have been making sure to keep up on my keyboard shortcuts, utilizing my asset searches and also making sure to take time to relax and not over do it.
Q: Have you done anything similar to Pixels of Fury?
A: Yes. However it was not as short. The other timed ones I had were 8 hours long but they involved making a whole bunch of branded pieces including printing and mounting them. This time I have 20 minutes. So I’m trying to figure out my priorities and not get too caught up in the details.
Q: What is your design aesthetic?
A: I always hate this question. As a designer your taught to be able to do everything for any audience. It’s part of why I love being a designer. But, if I had to pinpoint my personal style it’s bold, engaging, fluid and bright.
Q: Where/who do you draw your inspiration from?
A: My first ever design inspiration was my favorite artist Alex Pardee. He creates monsters with crazy detail and colors. Other than that I get inspiration from pretty much everything whether it’s a menu layout, some store signage or a sticker on a mailbox; I love it all.
Q: Do you have a favorite design application?
A: I’m a weirdo and I love InDesign. I love it because it’s so easy to just organize everything into one amazing layout. Of course I also have a space in my heart for Illustrator as well as After Effects. Me and Photoshop have beefs sometimes but were cool right now.
Q: How do you stay up to date with all of the design trends?
A: I always check the Dieline from time to time and I’m subscribed to a bunch of design emails that keep me up-to-date with some good stuff. Basically you just have to keep your eyes open, design changes rapidly.
Q: What do you do when you’re having a creative block?
A: I stop looking at screens and try to take a camping trip and just get out of the city, clear my head. If I can’t do that I usually like to take some time and sleep on it, let my mind wander instead of beating a horse to death.
Q: Do you have a favorite color?
A: Red-Orange or more specifically, Pantone 2028 U
Q: Are you going to crush the competition or kill it?
A: MOTHA’ EFFING KILL IT BABY.
Q: What are you most excited about with the competition?
A: To compete with some high level designers and add another cube trophy to my growing collection.
Q: What are you most nervous about with the competition?
A: Obviously running out of time getting to caught up in one area instead of the whole piece.
Q: Where will you keep The Furious Pixel if you win?
A: In the middle of my other glass cube trophies on my winners mantel above my fire place.
Q: What would you like to say to your fellow designers who are also competing in the competition?
A: Good luck. Losers buy shots!
Q: How will you be celebrating if you win?
A: By literally screaming on the stage and stomping around with my trophy then someone BETTER HAND ME A CELEBRATORY GIN AND TONIC WITH LIME (hint hint JB people). 😉
Come cheer on Megan at the design battle with the JB Chicago team on May 4th, 2017!