Molly Sutherland is a designer at Teach For America – Charlotte and owner of Molly Sutherland Studio. When she isn’t immersed in Illustrator and thinking of how to visually tell stories, there is a good chance you will find her eating tacos or practicing yoga.
Molly has been an AIGA Member Since 2014. To see more of Molly’s work, visit her website.
Where are you from?
I was born in Oregon, grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and now call North Carolina home since moving here nearly 9 years ago.
What attracted you to the design profession?
In high school, I was newspaper design editor and remember telling my advisor that this was great and all but I just was not going to pursue journalism in college – I thought chemistry or math was calling my name. Fast forward to my second year in college and I kept finding myself in the world of design through organizations I joined and, of course, the journalism school. For me, design was the sweet spot between my love for problem solving and creativity.
What’s one goal you have for the future?
Personal goal: read more. Professional: get back to pen and paper more.
What are you currently working on?
I’m finishing up a web design project, which has been a recent favorite because I’ve been working with both of my brothers to bring it to life. I’m also branding a fundraising breakfast so I’m working on print program layouts and some interactive experiences. And lastly, I designed a pop-up museum exhibit last year around the history of education in Charlotte and now I’m working on reimagining that experience for a new space.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously.” I like to think of this as personal advice from Sophia Bush. In life, but also design, it’s a great reminder to own what you are rocking out on while knowing there is more to learn and that sometimes done is better than perfect.
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