We had the good fortune of connecting with Ann Jimin Woo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ann Jimin, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
The most important lesson I have learned was to have an open mind and to be ready to learn something new everyday. There are so many different ideas, information, and tools that people share through different types of mediums. By consuming media consciously and having conversations with different people, it allows me to learned about different fields and skills that I can apply to my creative practice.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Becoming a designer has been an exciting journey. If you told me 5 years ago that I will be working as a visual designer, I would have looked at you very confused since I only saw myself as a painter and an illustrator at that time. I started studying visual communication design out of pure curiosity in college. By learning about typography, grids, history of graphic design, and more, I started to become more interested in this field more and more. Of course, becoming a designer was not a easy path. I think the most difficult part, like many other fields, was landing my job. By talking to people in the design community and making connections helped me improve my chances of getting the job; with these connections, I learned how to improve my portfolio and what recruiters were looking for. Another lesson that I learned along the way was to keep creating, sharing, and improving you work. By creating and sharing, you are able to get critical feedback and making those changes and in the process improving your skills. I think the most exciting part of being a designer for me is seeing how people interact with my work. Certain works, such as posters and flyers, will only be looked at handful of times while other designs, such as a business cards or apps, will be part of a person life a longer period of time. One thing I wanted people to know about me is that I will always be a student. There are so many things to learn and I excited to learn different skills, ideas, informations, and more throughout my journey.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The places I would take my friend were to come to visit me, I would be taking them to Del Mar Beach, Balboa Park, La Jolla Cove, and Gaslamp Quarter. If they are visiting during summer, I would also like to take them to Del Mar Fair.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Thank you to my family, friends and mentors that believed in me and helped me get to where I am today.