Panelist

Brittany L. Gene

Turning Points Magazine
Center for Indian Education

Brittany is a member of the Dine Nation. She’s a student in the Master of Industrial Design program at ASU. She works a graphic designer for Turnings Points Magazine. In her spare time, she asks a lot of questions, designs apparel and soft goods, watches anime and Syfy and enjoys running.

Get to know Brittany

Tell us about a project or accomplishments from the past 10 years that had a major impact on your life or career.
Originally, I was accepted in Physician Assistant school. It was a great accomplishment and a culmination of my work in health and science. However, I turned it down to change to develop my career in design. This was 3 years ago. That accomplishment changed my life because it was symbol of the sacrifice that I made to follow my talents within design.

What is your favorite color, and why?
Yellow. As a kid, the color yellow always stood out to me. It was also the color of my palomino horse, Baby Dude. I also felt bad for yellow because for some reason it was always the least liked color in school, and I always wanted to be its friend.

What keeps you going when you’re focused on a project? Is there a particular saying or song that gets you moving?
I play a lot of basketball and do a lot of running. As a result, getting in the zone is still a thing for me. What gets me focused is kind of getting into the mindset that I’m a badass and I’m the best at whatever I’m doing at the moment. It sounds really crazy because I’m not that person when I’m not in the zone.
Songs:
– “I Don’t F**k With You” by Big Sean ** Imagine little me sewing like a bad ass to this lol.
– Anything 50s-90s country.
– “Graduation + Life of Pablo” by Kanye West
– Anything Selena

What’s your superpower, or one you wish you had?
Storm’s powers from X-Men!

What design or career advice would you give to your younger self?
“Stop worrying about calling yourself a designer or artist, just start making things and charging for your talents, girl!”

If you were given the opportunity to see into the future, what would you want to know?
How could I avoid injuries and illness in the future. Also, will I ever accomplish my goal of citizen’s arresting someone?

How do you think design impacts your everyday life? The community?
It’s mostly design thinking that dominates my life. Friends, family and peers are always asking me about decisions, big and small. I always use design thinking to figure it out. It helps when people ask me what I want to eat, too!

If you hadn’t ended up in the career you are in, what do you think you’d be doing?
I would probably be in women’s health or research. I’d want to do some sort of problem solving. Or maybe I would have moved home and become a bad ass sheep herder. That’s a real profession on the Rez!

See Brittany on the Diversity & Inclusion panel Saturday, October 12 at the PHXDW Evolve Design Conference.