We had the good fortune of connecting with Gabrielle Merite and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gabrielle, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
Most people overlook the incertitude of data. Data is collected by people and interpreted by people. By extension, it is not only biased, it is also meant to evolve in time, along with our society. It takes considerable time and care to create the data I use as the base of my design work. But data isn’t a stone-cold truth, it’s the closest thing we have from it, at an exact moment in time.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
My art really is a blend of my personal experiences. I’d say that it is melodic collision of scientific precision, strategic creativity, and emotional overloads.
It is difficult for me to say if getting where I am today was easy or hard. One lesson I learnt throughout the years is that success is not so much about work. It’s about luck. I was born and raised in a privileged environment with the opportunity to get an education. The latter allows me to be comfortable in the business world I navigate today. It also gave me the scientific background and the taste for art that led me to become a (somewhat) successful data visualization designer.
The future is full of uncertainty but I’m excited to see where this path will take me. I hope I’ll have the chance to keep telling the stories that matter, with data.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
First, I’d take my friends for a Californian Breakfast burrito (with no bacon please) at Holy Guacamole. It is the best breakfast in town! We’d get an almond latte at the local Groundworks because I can’t function without my morning coffee. In the afternoon, we would go to OMB, Original Muscle Beach. This is the place that keeps me here in Los Angeles (outside of my wonderful American partner!). I usually describe OMB as a playground for adults. There, I’ll teach my friends how to slackline or fly on the traveling rings and the joy of meeting a diverse community who share a passion for helping others and pushing the boundaries of what the human body can do. After howling at the sunset, I’d probably finish the day with dinner at Casablanca, handmade tortillas, live music and a spicy pitcher of margaritas!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to make a different kind of shoutout. A shoutout to those who are working everyday to make a world a better place. Those who believe in a green and a fair world, where food, health and education is accessible to everyone.
For the paint pictures, project created with WePresent.