Name & Role
Kara Shim, Design Apprentice
What got you interested in (your role)?
I had heard about BBG and was snooping around the website for job opportunities. I saw the position for the role the day AFTER applications were due and applied with my fingers crossed – and here I am. Thankful I made it.
What interested you in working at BBG?
I knew BBG would be a place that would push me as a designer. They had the small studio vibe I was looking for but they still strived for excellence and made great work. I heard they were very hands on and collaborative as well and these were all aspects I was looking for in a job.
What skills are you excited to polish, or learn in the next few years?
Definitely looking forward to developing my UI/UX skills. I had a strong fine arts background before diving into design and there’s a lot of aspects to web that I’m looking forward to learning and practicing.
What are your hobbies or interests outside of work?
I like being around people so I’m usually hanging out with friends. I love good food so I enjoy finding new, cool places to eat (especially ramen places, I’m a sucker for good ramen). Aside from that I draw and I daydream a lot more than I should – I also adore funky jewelry and will go great lengths for some sweet earrings or rings.
Who is currently inspiring you the most creatively in design?
Currently design crushing on Leta Sobierajski. But also really inspired by a lot of Korean and Japanese designers as well.
Who is currently inspiring you the most creatively in a field outside of graphic design?
Matisse has always been an influence for me.
What is your favorite fast food menu item?
Fries, duh. Always get BBQ sauce with them too. Always.
What’s something people are surprised to learn about you?
I spent most of my life growing up overseas – I was born and raised in Illinois and before moving with my family. I primarily lived in Kyrgyzstan and Thailand for 10 years of my life and came back to Illinois for college.
But the real shocker to people is that I was homeschooled for a few years in elementary to middle school. People are always shocked by that because they expect me to be weirder than I am. Little do they know I’m actually super weird I can just hide it really well.
Also I’m left-handed. For some reason people who have known me always lose it when they hear that.
Were you Prom Queen?
My school was tiny so I feel like this doesn’t mean much – but yes I was my junior year. Wasn’t that great.
What would you name your boat if you had one?
The Yellow Duck.
What’s a body part that you wouldn’t mind losing?
I feel like I could live without one of my toes. Do you need all of your toes?
Would you rather always be 10 minutes late or always be 20 minutes early?
20 minutes early – because I’m already usually 10 minutes late.