AIGA Charlotte Member Spotlight: Mervil Paylor

Mervil Paylor is the Owner and Principal Designer at Mervil Paylor Design. She has been a member of AIGA since 1987.

What is your favorite word?
I like runtogetherwords like nevertheless, inasmuch, notwithstanding and woebegone. Oh, and I like palindromes (both verbal and visual) — perhaps because my father’s name was Bob.

What’s your proudest accomplishment?
It is a toss-up between designing the piece that won the “2002 Sappi Paper Company International Best Printed Piece In the Universe” award (I can’t remember the exact award title but I like my version better anyway so let’s just go with it) or, scoring 99.3 percent accuracy on Typewar is an addictive typeface-identification site and app. Out of 26,209 questions I averaged 99.3% right. Only one person has bested me in the percentage ranking — electricboogaloo, with 99.6%. Be warned EB, right now I am busy working, but next recession I am coming after you.

What’s one goal (professional or personal) you have for the future?
I am writing a book about my longtime best friend, Becky Johnston, an artist and designer who died several years ago. I promised her I would finish it and so I shall. It is a mix of writing and visuals. Becky saw early drafts and was convinced I was creating a new genre — “the book as brochure.” You can check out a rough draft of the first chapter on my website at:

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“Do everything you want to and only do what you don’t want to when you have to.”
— Advice from my grandmother, Mervil Norman Hobson, at 86.

What is the best purchase you’ve ever made?
A Mac SE, circa 1987-1988.

About AIGA Charlotte’s Member Spotlight
Each month AIGA Charlotte interviews a selected AIGA Charlotte Member. It is a great opportunity for the Charlotte design community to see who AIGA Charlotte is along with all the amazing things our members are doing. If you or someone you know would like to be interviewed and appear on AIGA Charlotte’s Member Spotlight, please contact Patrick Saleeby, Membership Director.

By aigacharlotte
Published August 6, 2013