My Name is Angela Kreye-Shockey and I am a Designer.
I didn’t always know I wanted to be a designer though. My path to finding this career looked a bit like a city highway system with a few too many exits to roads that didn’t go where I was trying to get to.
Growing up, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I loved everything to do with animals and science, and I was sure I was going to grow up to be a marine biologist. I had lots of practice for this job, helping every day to take care of a plethora of household pets. The roster included cats, dogs, macaws, snakes, rabbits, lizards, rats, ferrets, and probably a few others I forgot to mention. In addition to taking care of animals, any extra free time I had was spent drawing our pets, or drawing unicorns, or mermaids, or other fanstastical creatures that didn’t exist in real life. I was always drawing things, and I as I got older I spent more and more time focused on art. But even as I grew up I never related it to design, I didn’t really know what it meant to be a designer or how it related to me. In fact, even as an adult I was still sure I wanted to be a biologist.