Kelsey Sheridan is a rising third year at a math and science-focused college, where she’s studying neither math nor science. She is majoring in Interaction Design and Communications at Georgia Tech and loving it, and hopes her internship at VDG this summer will provide her lots of insight into what it means to be a graphic designer. When she’s not in class or doing homework, you can find her rollerskating in Piedmont Park with friends or with a camera in her hands. She’s also involved on Tech’s campus in her sorority Phi Mu, where she paints banners, designs T-shirts and edits pictures for their Instagram account.
Who dead or alive would you like to have dinner with?
I would love to have dinner with Queen Elizabeth II. Besides the fact that I love British royalty, I really admire her as a person.
What is your favorite restaurant?
Without a doubt, I’m going to have to go with Peking, a Chinese restaurant in Suwanee. My family eats there for every special occasion we can think of because the owner is so friendly and the food is delicious.
What’s the last great book you read?
The Martian by Andy Weir. And yes, the book is in fact better than the movie.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I’ve always said you could find me retiring on an island in Greece. I love the whitewashed walls and vibrant flowers and cobblestone streets, and something about the place just makes me want to pull out a canvas and start painting the views.
Do you have a hidden talent?
I’m really good with faces, especially remembering actors in movies and their previous works.
Name three things on your bucket list.
Exploring Australia to scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef has been at the top of my list since I learned what a bucket list was. It’s followed closely behind by skydiving and riding in a hot air balloon.
What is your dream job?
Any career that I can get paid to be truly creative in, whether it’s a graphic designer or a traveling photojournalist, would be a dream for me.
Why did you want to intern with VDG?
I admire VDG’s wide portfolio of work and their atmosphere of collaboration and creativity. I want to learn the ins and outs of the professional graphic design process and how to be successful in this industry because I can see myself working somewhere like this in a couple years.
What do you love about design?
One thing I love about design is the unbounded, limitless nature of it. With a blank artboard in front of you and the tools to create at your fingertips, there’s no telling the amount of new designs you can make. I don’t believe I can ever truly be done creating, because there’s always another idea, another iteration, another combination of possibilities swirling in my head. Being able to translate the various ideas from mind into reality, to show a tiny piece of how I see the world, is really what I love.