It's time to meet Monica, Poppy Barley's Brand Design Manager, and one of the first to join the Poppy Barley team. We connected with Monica while she was living in Vancouver, at which time Poppy Barley was just an idea. After our first Skype-chat, she took us through an in-depth company identity brief that would eventually define the Poppy Barley brand. From that point on, we knew we wanted her insight and artistic eye working for us on a daily basis.
With an Honours BA in English from the University of Alberta, and a Communication & Ideation Certificate from the Continuing Education Program at Langara College, Monica has a love for all things typography, illustration, and design. From the visuals you see on our website, to our logo, Leather Swatch Kits and packaging--all are Monica's brainchild. Learn more about Monica in our rapid-fire Q&A after the jump...
P.S.: In addition to founders Kendall & Justine, we've got another set of sisters at the PB Headquarters. Monica is the older sister to Caroline, our Community Manager. Stay tuned for a post on what it's like to work with family--where blunt honesty reigns.
Job Title: Brand Design Manager
Nickname: Monsies, Monbons
My typical day at the office... starts with a visit to Roast for coffee! After I walk into the office and see the lovely smiling faces of the PB staff, I sift through emails and get organized with my Evernote to-do list. Then I juggle between Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and our website to work toward creating the best customer experience possible with the team.
Fit Issue: Generous calves (need: wide calf boots)
Favourite Poppy Barley boot style right now: The Off Duty Boot in Black
Favourite Poppy Barley shoe style right now: The Feminine Slipper in Metallic Gold and Black Python
Favourite online hangout spot: Fast Co. Design
Fashion piece I never leave home without: My brown Tano purse
Item I never leave home without: iPhone
Favourite quote: "Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works." - Steve Jobs
Wanderlusting after: Thailand for my birthday (as it’s a significant one... I will not disclose which one). Also thinking about San Francisco and Brazil.
Lusting after: A white cruiser bike with a big basket and brown leather seat.
I have a weakness for: Toblerone and shoes
Fun fact: I lived in Vancouver for three years.
If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be: Amsterdam for its beautiful canals, cobblestone streets, lovely shops, outdoor cafes, and bike culture.
When it's time to unwind: I do yoga and/or have a glass of red... in either order.
Favourite App: Mint, Flipboard & Kindle
*Shot by Harvey Miedreich