Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Belfsky.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Ashley. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Ever since I can remember, I have loved art and science. Both seek out truths of the world. As Richard Feynman (scientist/musician) once said in an NPR discussion, “Science is imagination in a straightjacket.” Scientific discoveries couldn’t occur without creative and abstract thinking, as much as their discoveries being valid without structured procedures.
My design career started as an undergrad studying to become a nurse at Harold Washington College. I made charts, process maps and curated my notes in a way that I could understand. My classmates took notice of my studying techniques, and some of the things I created helped them. While I wanted to help people, I realized I could help more people through design. After finishing all my perquisites for nursing school, I decided to transfer to design school at DePaul University.
Since graduating, I have worked with educational companies and healthcare innovations. I love working on projects that stimulate my analytical side, along with my passion for design. I also enjoy sharing my knowledge with anyone interested. I have volunteered as a teaching assistant through Changing Worlds for a middle school after school program in Pilsen and am currently looking for teaching opportunities in Seattle.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has been a rocky road, but it makes the payoff even better. As a freelance designer, I’m constantly looking for work, managing my time, and making connections. I love what I do. I love learning from failures. I’m always excited to work on new projects!
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Belfsky Design – what should we know?
I specialize in information design. Taking data then turning it into a visual story through design and illustration makes me the happiest. I f*cking love charts. Making abstract observations easier to understand for large amounts of people is what I do best and what sets me apart.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Eagerness to learn and fail. As a designer, you’ll make 124 mistakes before you come up with the right outcome. When it happens though, the feeling is so gratifying. Innovation doesn’t come from being spot on every time.
- Website: www.ashleybelfsky.com
- Phone: 206-290-5097
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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