The Creative Unconscious: What's your name, age, and professional title? Where are you currently employed?
Lacy Kuhn: Lacy Kuhn, 24, Graphic Designer & Full-time Adventurer, Freelancing in Melbourne, Australia (Currently at Designworks)
TCU: What hobbies do you have outside of your professional field that keep you inspired and motivated to generate personal work? How do they inspire you?
LK: Traveling is pretty huge for me at the moment; seeing new places and meeting new people. Design is essentially just creating stories so I try to spend most of my time hearing other people's stories, reading stories, watching stories (films), and creating my own.
TCU: Do you have a hard time balancing being a creative professional and generating personal work that you're proud of?
LK: Always! I'm pretty much never satisfied with my personal work, but I think that's the nature of the creative industry. It's a tough balance finding time and creative ambition both in and out of commercial work.
TCU: What time of day do you feel the most creative? What about the most productive?
LK: I feel most productive at 10am. After a morning coffee, a handful of chocolate chips, and when there are still only 1-2 windows open on the computer. I wish I could predict the time I feel most creative; sometimes it's doodling on the bus home, sometimes mid-sandwich bite, other times it's floating in a swimming pool.
TCU: What are your creative goals for the future?
LK: I just hope to be proud of the work I am producing; working for companies that I wholeheartedly support, and getting to work with fun, ambitious and passionate people.
TCU: Are you working on any personal projects right now? If so, can you share a little bit about your inspiration and your creative process?
LK: I'm creating an illustrated documentation of my misadventures this past year. It's mostly just a collection of funny stories, attempting to navigate life as an ever-lost 24-year-old creative, wandering around the world.
TCU: Anything else you want to add?
LK: Just get out there and make things, do things. Try and fail, take as many risks as possible. Not everything's easy, in fact most things aren't, but stick with it. Keep up your determination and surround yourself with other passionate people. Soak up the world around you and learn to find inspiration in everything. Also, laugh at yourself, life should never be taken too seriously. I'm still learning to follow my own advice.
You can check out more of Lacy's lovely design work at www.lacykuhn.com