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-NAME
Jenny Ambrose

-WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Manalapan, NJ, but now I live in warm and balmy Florida.

-WHAT DOES YOUR WORK CONSIST OF?
Bright colors, abstract shapes, and a lot of conceptual thinking. Birds, also.

-HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I actually fell into design by accident. I was studying to be an anthropologist at a local college, and for fun I would make t-shirts and stickers for the bands I listened to. It never occurred to me to make my career out of something I did for fun until a friend of mine dared me to apply to an art school.

-WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
The leeway for the happy accident.

-WHAT IS THE WORST THING ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
I have a hard time sitting still when I’m working. I listen to a lot of upbeat music to keep my brain moving, so I dance a lot.

-IF YOU WEREN’T DESIGNING, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING?
Jelly Belly jelly bean flavor creator!

-WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Anything and everything. I mainly find inspiration from reading and just absorbing my surroundings. Getting out of my own headspace for a while helps me take time out and free up the brain for some new ideas.

-WHERE DOES CREATIVITY COME FROM?
A healthy mix of necessity and possibility.

-WHO’S WORK DO YOU LOOK UP TO? (Either currently or in the past)
The list always changes, but currently it’s William Morris, El Lissitzky, Saul Williams, and J.C. Leyendecker.

-WHAT DOES THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE FOR YOUR INDUSTRY?
I think finding a way to bridge the rhythmic and textural richness of print to the technology-laden web will be the future, at least a future where I’d like to be.

-WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU NEXT?
It’s a busy time for me right now. I’m currently working on a visual dissection of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 A Space Odyssey, an illustrated calendar, and a series of packaging for soap, a typeface from a hand painted sign, and more motion work. I always try to fill my time with projects/mediums that I haven’t worked with, or subject matter I haven’t dealt with yet.

-WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER PEOPLE IN YOUR FIELD ASPIRING TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?
Keep going. Some words that have helped me (and continue to help me, actually), Never tire, never settle.

-ONE DEFINING MOMENT OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR.
Being published in Print Magazine’s design annual.

-WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
Girl Talk, The Temptations, Curtis Mayfield and Van Morrison.