Interview with Elena Miska
Last year, Elena Miska grabbed our attention when she designed an entire zine on AdobeLive in just three days. Filled with her own collages and paintings, it seamlessly blended art, typography, and design elements in a way that blew our minds. Speaking to us from her newish New York home, Elena filled us in on her approach to work, art, and well-being.
What have been the major milestones in your career?
Moving to New York has definitely had a great effect on my career. Inspiration is absolutely everywhere; I’m surrounded by some of the most incredible creative people, and probably most importantly, the bar is set really high. Just living and working in this city pushes me an incredible amount. Although it can be difficult and exhausting at times, when I have reached a goal or have had a success here, it feels like the best thing in the world.
Do you have any creative rituals? Anything you do to get the juices flowing when you’re stuck? Asked by François Chartrand
I have all my best ideas in the shower! I’m an over-thinker, so it’s often when I finally let my brain relax that I have the “Aha!” moment, and start piecing together the solution to whatever creative problem I’m thinking about.
If you could spend one day being mentored by any person, past or present, who would it be?
1. How much of your day do you spend working?
Probably slightly too much.
2. Where is your ideal work environment?
Somewhere with lots of natural light.
3. What do you hope to get across with your work?
I want to create provocative work that inspires people to act on, feel, or think about something in a new way.
4. What inspires you?
My very creative family. My very creative friends. Art. Compelling conversations.
5. What's the secret to a successful day's work?
An open mind and a willingness to try the unexpected. Also sleep and caffeine.
6. Is there anything in your life that you can't live without?
7. Is there anything about you that people might not know?
I trained to become a professional ballet dancer. I still love watching dance, but I obviously had a career shift!
8. What would be your dream project?
Something groundbreaking and far-reaching.
9. What is the most time-consuming aspect of your work?
Thinking about work when I shouldn’t be working.
10. What legacy would you like to leave behind?
To be a good designer and a good human. To always have integrity in my personal life and in the work that I do.