Linn Ruiz-Goubert, Visual Design
1. What do you do at MAYA?
As a visual design intern, my responsibilities are to utilize my design skills to support and assist other MAYAns with projects and to learn as much as possible about other specialties.
2. What superpower do you bring to the Visual Design team?
I have the ability to read minds to determine what others need, and deliver it. In all seriousness, my strengths are typography, attention to detail and curiosity.
3. What’s your educational/professional background?
I worked for 11 years as an administrative assistant. I attended Bradford School, Community College of Allegheny County and finally La Roche College where I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Graphic and Communication Design.
4. What is the most meaningful project that has shaped you as a professional?
I worked on an experimental typeface mimicking the style of the artist Jackson Pollock by dripping black house paint on paper to form letters. The more I can use my hands to make something and be experimental, the more I enjoy it.
Another project I worked on was an intensive, self-driven research project that dealt with relations between international and domestic students at La Roche College. My goal was to find out how students currently interact with each other at La Roche, what types of services the college offers to create a global culture, and how it could be improved. I interviewed faculty, staff and students to learn what was working and what wasn’t. From there, I was able to draw conclusions and find appropriate solutions. This project opened my eyes to how much research is needed when starting out with a new idea, and how far an idea can be taken.
5. What do you hope to learn while at MAYA?
I would like to strengthen my ideation techniques, understand more research methods, learn to work faster, and pick the brains of MAYAns who work in other specialties.
6. Where can we find you outside of work?
At home relaxing, at restaurants around town, or outside hiking, biking or doing something active.
7. People, puppies and food. What’s next for Uber?
8. Who would you put on the $20 bill?
9. What summer blockbuster are you most excited to see?
I’m so out of touch with film due to college, but I would have to say Star Wars because I’m a sci-fi geek.
10. If your refrigerator could talk to you, what would it say?
I will be re-stocked every week with your favorite foods, free of cost. Enjoy!