Employee Spotlight: Shay Harbaugh
Shay Harbaugh is one of those people who truly lives and breathes great design. If you have ever visited our instagram page, then you have more than likely seen her talented hand-lettering designs! To say that she is passionate about the design industry as a whole, is an understatement. Since joining the team in 2012, Shay has stepped up to the plate as an instructor, leader and role model at VDG.
Title: Junior Art Director
How long have you worked at VDG? Six Years
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Growing up I always wanted to be a Paleontologist. I’ve always been fascinated and obsessed with Dinosaurs and loved learning about them. Some of my favorite movies are “The Land Before Time” and of course “Jurassic Park”.
Favorite Hobby: Hand-Lettering
Favorite food: BBQ
Something you can’t live without: Traveling. I love to travel and experience new places and adventures!
Secret talent: Finding a great clearance deal while shopping.
I received the Red Cross Award for saving someone’s life. When I was a lifeguard there was a kid that was unresponsive. The other lifeguard on duty and I acted fast and performed CPR and rescue breathing which saved the his life.
Why do you enjoy working at VDG?
I love the environment and the amazing friendships I have made here at VDG! I come to work and I get to do what I love! I have the opportunity to be creative with my designs all while hanging out with my friends and laughing! It’s a very unique environment and one that I am proud to be a part of.
What advice would you give to someone who wanted a career in design?
Never stop creating even if you get creative block. I try to hand-letter and design everyday and even on the days I am sick or I feel stuck I push through because it helps you grow.
I would also say you need to be able to take criticism and feedback on your work. Constructive criticism helps you become a better designer and can help you build your problem solving skills.