Meet Vanessa, one of our talented Senior Designers.
Vanessa brings extensive experience delivering graphic design for a whole host of clients and industries. At Ellis Jones, Vanessa loves using visually creative storytelling and branding skills to amplify the messages of organisations that do good. But most of all, she’s passionate about designing for accessibility and inclusion.
Sum yourself up in 3 words.
Inquisitive, thoughtful, creative.
Before EJ, what were you doing?
My path to EJ has been paved with a mix of design studio, in-house and advertising agency roles, each with varying degrees of seniority, although all within the realm of graphic design.
I’m lucky to have had such a breadth of clients under my belt, as this experience has helped me choose a multidisciplinary agency that focuses on what matters most to me.
What excites you the most about being a designer?
Being a designer at EJ, specifically, is exciting because I can use my visually creative storytelling and branding skills to amplify the message and aims of organisations that do good.
Variety in my work is important, but the consistency of meaningful work helps me pour my heart into the work – regardless of how big or small the task is. Gaining a beautiful and resonant portfolio of work as a result is just the cherry on top.
What’s one social cause that’s close to your heart?
As a person of mixed heritage (Mauritian and Chilean) who was born in Australia, I’ve grown to be interested in diversity and inclusion, intersectionality, and the variety of issues diverse people face, such as ableism or inaccessibility, racial injustice, prejudice or discrimination based on sexuality and gender, the side effects of colonialism and the influence that these things may have on a person’s sense of identity and wellbeing.
While these can be great systemic issues, I’m really interested in what individuals and organisations can do to create safe and accessible environments, so the sum of perspectives and experiences can come together, to create something new, particularly within the Australian landscape. Accessibility and sensitivity to depictions of diverse people are two areas I’d like to understand more, as I believe design driven and creative communications solutions can really make a difference.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Go to therapy.