We had the good fortune of connecting with Josephine Law and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Josephine, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
The most important lesson my career has taught me would be to keep learning. I always thought I just need to finish school, get a job, and that’s it. No more learning, you’re set. But that’s not the case at all and I’m so glad it’s not.
I learned we should keep growing by learning new skillsets whenever we can. And those skillsets don’t necessarily have to be something that’s related to your field. It could be business management, coding, cooking, baking, dancing, or anything really. This will allow you to gain new perspectives, inspiration, and opportunities from areas you never imagined before. It also makes you a more valuable asset, helps you to adapt to the ever changing world, and it’s fun.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I would say that my art is a problem solved. As a designer, we’re artists, but we’re also not artists. We’re problem solvers. We solve our clients’ problems in a visual way.
I approach the problems I encounter by understanding the problem first. It’s important to fully grasp all aspects of the problem before you start to design anything. By being more informed of the problem, I can visualize where the opportunity lies to solve the problem. This then helps to drive the design solutions I come up with in a purposeful and meaningful way. I’d say this is what helps to set me apart from others.
I’m most proud of when I get to learn something from what I do, despite the outcomes of the situation. For example, even if the concepts I came up with were not chosen as the final direction, as long as I learn something from that process, then it’s all good. Gaining knowledge from the process helps me to improve myself and motivates me to be better in the future.
I got to where I am professionally through hard work and a bit of luck. I try to make sure that everything that I do is done to the best of my ability, so that I can be proud of it and show others that I am a hard working designer. This then helped me to get opportunities in ways I never imagined. Friends and recruiters would reach out to me to introduce new opportunities, and for that I’m very grateful.
I learned that you have to stay curious, constantly keep learning, and make sure the work that you put out is your best. These will help you to better yourself and go to the places you want to go.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If a friend of mine was visiting the area, I would take them to mostly food and boba places. I’m a big food and boba lover, and usually friends of mine are as well. So I would take them to any food places I love, recently discovered, or have always wanted to try. Some of those places are:
– Aikan Sushi in Pasadena
– Bone Kettle in Pasadena
– Bobacraft cafe in Alhambra
– Sunright Tea Studio in Sawtelle
– TGIF Korean BBQ in K-town
– Simpang Asia in LA
In terms of places to visit or hang out, I love going to the dog parks and beaches. I try to take my dogs to the Bluff Creek Dog Park in Playa Vista at least once a week. You get to relax and watch really cute dogs play with each other, it’s amazing. You also get to see what kinds of dogs different types of people have, and most of the time it’s the right match. Going to the beach is also very therapeutic. You get to enjoy fresh air, relax, and observe all the different types of people and dogs that go there. The Santa Barbara beach is one of my favorite beaches to go to. The water is clear and the city is very interesting. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The one who deserves all the credit and recognition for my process in life would be God. Without God, I would not be able to get to where I am today. I thank him for all the things he’s done in my life and the journeys he had led me to.
I also want to thank my family, friends, and colleagues who helped me throughout my journey. I never would’ve made it without their support and encouragement.