Students to Watch in 2011
ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY
Debbie Ladas is originally from Glasgow, Scotland, and is currently a San Francisco-based designer. She is pursuing a BFA degree. After receiving her MA in Business from St. Andrews University Scotland, she moved to the U.S. to work as a researcher in the investment banking industry. She fell in love with the Bay Area and a few years later decided to invest in her lifelong love of design by going back to school and switching careers. She completed her internship at Chen Design Associates and is gearing up to graduate.
What made you decide to go to design school?
I wanted to turn my passion for design into a career and develop the tools necessary to take me from an interested observer to a trained professional.
Has it been a positive experience?
Being a student at the Academy of Art University has been a wonderful opportunity to learn from the best, be challenged, and at the same time take risks, experiment and have fun. I love being a designer as the process is a unique combination of applying research, conceptual thinking and aesthetics to solving problems.
Favorite TV Shows?
Six Feet Under, Little Britain, Catherine Tate Show, Flipping Out
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel), The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen, The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx, Selected Works by Carol Ann Duffy
Cinema Paradiso, Three Colors Blue, The Chorus, O Brother Where Art Thou, Educating Rita, 007
The Beatles, The Smiths, Damien Rice, Annie Lennox, Indigo Girls, Patty Griffin, The Kevin McDermott Orchestra
Favorite Fine Artist?
My FrancisFrancis! X6 espresso machine
The Bold Italic, i-escape, Design Observer, The Freight & Salvage