Meet Print’s latest Designer of the Week, Ana Benaroya, whose unapologetic and honest design is turning heads left and right.
Location: Jersey City, NJ
How would you describe your work?
My work is very honest and instinctual—although I swing back and forth between control and chaos.
Design school attended:
Maryland Institute College of Art
Where do you find inspiration?
Who are some of your favorite designers or artists?
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tom of Finland, Jean-Paul Goude, Keith Shore, Seripop and Jillian Tamaki.
Do you have a favorite among all the projects you’ve worked on?
One of my favorite projects of all time was the animation I did for National Geographic on the 80s. It was amazing to see all my drawings move—and the subject matter couldn’t have been more perfect.
Is there a project that stands out to you as having been the biggest challenge of your career so far?
The biggest challenge of my career has been finding a balance between personal work and commercial work. I strive to have one strong, consistent voice and to be true to myself—and this can be hard.
What do you hope to accomplish in the future?
I hope to be an artist for the rest of my life.
What’s your best advice for designers today?
To stay true to yourself and do the work you find interesting. You’ve got to like your own work if you want anyone else to. It’s easy to see passion (or boredom) in someone’s work. To quote RuPaul: “If you don’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?”
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