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Q&A: Figure 1 Creative Director – Jessica Sullivan

Get to know our creative director, Jessica Sullivan in our latest Q&A. Jessica leads Figure 1’s creative strategy, overseeing the company’s brand identity, book design and visual marketing program. With more than a decade of design experience in publishing, she is one of the most esteemed book designers in the country.

How do you normally start your day?

That depends where I’m working

Home: get small humans fed, out of the house and off to school. Make tea. This is crucial. Take small dog for walk while intaking necessary caffeine. Once home, select music. Then bring on the day.

Office: wake up earlier than personally natural. Get ready in as little time as possible, race out of the door, calling good byes, and catch bus, sky train, bus. Arrive at office. Chat with friends. Make all crucial tea, slice apple, eat breakfast at desk.

What adjective best describes you?

This is a tough question. Should this be difficult to answer? Now I’m concerned. I feel like if you asked five people this about me, they might all come up with drastically, potentially alarmingly different answers. Ask me in another ten years.

What are you reading at the moment?

The Woman Who Changed Her Brain, Ian McEwan’s Enduring Love (after having just finished his Saturday) and The Love & Lemons Cookbook.

In two sentences or less, can you tell readers something unique about your line of work?

There are not many people who get to design only books for a living. I’m not sure why that is. But it’s hard to find a good book designer!

If I weren’t a book designer I’d be….

Figuring out how to travel for a living, because I think that travel is more justifiably work, rather than rest, but it’s still something I’d like to do a lot of. And then still have time for vacationing, of course.

Not many people know this, but…

Paint by numbers used to make me cry as a kid.

What’s the question (and answer to the question) no one has ever asked you but you wish they would?

Q: Would you please design a new line / concept for the Mini Cooper?

A: Why yes, certainly, I would love to! Here’s what I’m thinking: High end sundaes. Think Italian gelato. Pure, sweet, sophisticated. Subtle. Something everyone would enjoy, nothing garish, but something that would make you smile every time you took the driver’s seat. The cars would be two-tone, body and roof/details. Strawberry Sundae: pale coral pink with a pale, buttery warm yellow. Chocolate Mint: light mint green paired with a cocoa brown. Vanilla Earl Grey: ivory and warm pale grey. Leather interiors would feature waffle cone texture! And, for the cherry on top, bright red interior of glove box!!

August 2, 2016
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