Breakout

Margaret Sullivan

Interaction Designer, InEight

Margaret is currently working as an Interaction Designer at InEight. She recently completed her master’s degree in Visual Communication Design at Arizona State University where she researched beauty packaging design and the low- to no-vision community. This led her to become a passionate advocate of inclusive design. 

 

Get to know Margaret

Tell us about a project or accomplishments from the past 10 years that had a major impact on your life or career.
Completing my master’s degree at The Design School at Arizona State University. This is where my design career began, and has changed the way I think about all aspects of life.

What is your favorite color, and why?
Bright Yellow. I love how it exudes happiness (plus, it always a solid accent color).

What keeps you going when you’re focused on a project? Is there a particular saying or song that gets you moving?
“Completion is the breakfast of champions.” One of my favorite professors, Wil Heywood, preached this during design school, and every time I want to quit a project or am tired this quote always seems to pop into my head and motivates me to push forward.

What’s your superpower, or one you wish you had?
I wish I had the ability to pause time.

What design or career advice would you give to your younger self?
Don’t be afraid to be proud of your work.

If you were given the opportunity to see into the future, what would you want to know?
Are we really going to have computer chips in our brains?

How do you think design impacts your everyday life? The community?
Design has given me the ability to approach problems differently. That in itself can be a valuable asset to both your life and your community, especially if you are striving to design for good. 

Attend Margaret’s breakout presentation “Discovering Clarity: Beauty Packaging Design and Low Vision” on Sunday, October 13 at the PHXDW Evolve Design Conference.