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I love the vast range of possibilities a creative project presents. The process of finding your voice as a creative and experimentation is an exciting journey.
Dina is originally from Latvia and has been living in New York since 1991. She has worked in various content, creative production and marketing roles in industries ranging from publishing to education and photography. Prior to her role as a Course Advisor, she worked as a Marketing Lead at Shillington and is a Shillumni from 2014.
Outside of work, Dina enjoys going on adventures, exploring cities near and far, going to art shows and spending time in nature.
She is also an active member of a New York-based photography collective and has exhibited with the group throughout the years, and dedicates her free time to self-initiated fine art photo projects.
What do you love about design?
I love how design is an integral part of our everyday lives, functional and transformational. Design has the power to inspire and impact how something is perceived. Design offers endless possibilities and I enjoy seeing multiple creative explorations and solutions to a brief.
Why do you enjoy working in design education?
The best part of working at a design school is witnessing how the course can transform the students life, giving them an opportunity to start over again in their career. I am forever inspired by the students, seeing their growth and boundless creativity as a designer. Shillington is a supportive and nurturing environment for students to learn, connect with peers and teachers, becoming immersed in a new creative community.
What keeps you busy outside of Shillington?
Outside of Shillington, I enjoy exploring all the wonderful things New York City has to offer—discovering new places to eat, performances and art shows. There’s always an abundance to see and do in this city. I also like getting out of town for some hiking, biking and getaways to the mountains.
What or who are you loving right now?
I absolutely loved the Netflix docuseries High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America. I learned so much about the foundation of American cooking from the chef and writer Stephen Satterfield as he takes viewers to Benin, Africa and to the Southern states in the US. Satterfield also hosts a great podcast about food called Point of Origin and is the founder of the food magazine Whetstone.
If you were a typeface, what would you be?
I adore the Italian fonts from the art deco period ranging from signage to packaging and advertising posters you’d see from the 1930’s. I’d choose Mostra Nuova because it’s timeless and elegant.
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