We had the good fortune of connecting with Julia Walck and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julia, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I wouldn’t classify myself as a big “risk-taker”. I’m more of a planner: I like to research, gather information and look at details together holistically before diving into something. This helps me prepare best for whatever lies ahead.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I try to infuse as much fun as possible into my work through conceptual thinking and bright colors paired with a vintage aesthetic. My main focus is digital collage, but I also love typography and illustration. Being a fine artist first turned graphic designer allows for many tools in my tool belt. I gravitate towards styles from the 50s-70s and love to source imagery for collaging from old magazines. It’s sort of like a treasure hunt and I just love that all of the pieces have a story. How I got to where I am today is due in large part to being a self starter and working on my own passion projects. In design, a lot of the time you work for a client or brand and don’t really get to let your own vision come through. So I think it’s important to take a break from that work and just play from time to time. It helps make sure I’m keeping a fresh perspective and staying true to myself. And a bonus out of that is if the right people see it and like what you’re doing, you’ll attract dream clients and collaborations.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I LOVE a good itinerary. I’m the kind of person who makes an Excel spreadsheet to source restaurants, museums and everything in between. Then I put all of the destinations on a Google map so we can maximize all the things we can do in a day hitting up different areas of the city at once. First, I’d scope out if any good shows were happening at The Hollywood Bowl, The El Rey, The Fonda, The Teregram, The Wiltern, etc. and plan a night around that. (All of this Post-Covid, obviously) Drinks at The Formosa followed by steak and martinis at Musso & Frank in Hollywood is always a good idea. Breakfast burritos from Cofax are also always a good idea. So are donuts from Sidecar and pancakes from The Griddle. (Breakfast is one of my favorite things). If you’re venturing to the valley at all check out Idle Hour – it’s a bar shaped like a barrel with a giant bulldog building in the back (that you can sit in!) It’s one of my favorite spots in LA and is one of the only programmatic (or “novelty”) architecture buildings left in LA. For souvenir shopping, I’d suggest wandering around Wacko’s Soap Plant in Los Feliz for all things fun and strange. Followed by dinner from either Kismet or HomeState just across the street, and followed again by drinks at Tiki Ti just down the road. And for weekend excursions I’d suggest walking around The Huntington Garden and Library in Pasadena, taking in some art and culture at LACMA or The Museum of Neon Art and ending the week rummaging for vintage finds at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. Let’s just say a trip with me is never dull!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my fiancé, Jackson. He is my biggest supporter and has cheered me on since day 1. So much of what I’ve accomplished in life professionally, creatively, and personally wouldn’t have panned out without him by my side.