Box Babe: Graphic Designer Krista
Krista Langehenning is a graphic designer who actually helped us design our awesome logo! We asked her to share what graphic design is all about.
How are women represented in the graphic design industry?
Although about half of the field is made up of women, we are still underrepresented in leadership positions, the design press, design books etc. But a lot of progress has been made. More and more, I see women featured in design books, blogs and exhibitions and we are slowly finding more space in the history of design.
What unique viewpoint do you bring to graphic design?
My approach to design is very research based, not just through design theory, but also on topics outside the field of graphic design. It is invigorating to learn in depth about subjects across a large spectrum, and it also helps me think more broadly when it comes to finding original solutions to design problems. I also try to branch out beyond looking strictly to graphic design for influence, and take a more holistic approach by scouring through all art disciplines - from classic films to contemporary art.
What advice/tips would you give women wanting to get into graphic design?
Treat everyone you meet in the design field as your mentor. Every job I have had or every class I have taken, I viewed my bosses/teachers/classmates as resources for learning. Everyone around you knows something you may not know. I have had both male and female mentors and both are equally incredible. My advice would be to look to strong women who are already successful in their field and pick their brain about how they got to where they are today.
You worked on Renzoe Box for a while, what kind of things were you responsible for?
I had the opportunity to work with René at the beginning, on the design of the logo.
You lived in Italy for a while. What is your fondest moment from that experience?
Every moment was incredible. Food is certainly near the top of my list, but my favorite moments were in the art museums I visited all around the country. As an art history buff, it was a dream to see these amazing artworks in person. The art ranged from fifty years old to thousands of years old, it was both surreal and affirming to experience that.
Name a book everybody should read right now.
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante or any graphic novel by Adrian Tomine or Daniel Clowes.
Who is the coolest woman you can think of right now? What makes her so cool?
I am a big fan of Alice Rawsthorn. She is a design critic for the International New York Times, and is a columnist on design for Frieze. She has written several books, has spoken internationally about design and has juried numerous contemporary art and design awards. She does it all, she knows it all, and I absolutely respect and admire her.
What's the last purchase you made that simplified your day-to-day life the most?
I recently purchased this app for my MacBook called “Magnet,” it basically snaps the different windows that are open on your laptop to different corners to organize the applications you are using. This has been a lifesaver for multitasking between programs.