Team Stirista: America Martinez
This month’s Team Stirista spotlight features graphic designer, America Martinez. Let’s learn more about her!
Tell us about your daily and overall responsibilities, and how your average work day looks.
My overall responsibilities include designing graphics, whether it’s internal collateral, new client projects, social media content or motion graphics. I also take part in photo and video productions at company events as well as for product advertising.
My work day starts with checking and scheduling social media posts that may be going out that day or later in the week. I then work with our content team on any pending design projects forward those over to our marketing director for approval.
What do you like best about working at Stirista?
What I like most about working at Stirista is the people. I enjoy collaborating with my coworkers on new and challenging projects. We all are highly motivated and have good synergy. If anyone has any ideas or questions, everyone is always open to have a discussion to consider all the options. Because of that, I feel we learn more about the projects we’re working on and are able to move to the next task with a productive mindset.
What excites you most about your job?
I’m excited that I have the opportunity to learn something new every day. After being here for a year, I’ve learned many new skills and further developed my existing skills. Stirista has challenged me, and with the support of my coworkers, I feel I’ve grown as a designer, overall. One of the skills I feel very accomplished about developing this year was designing a new product’s entire user interface. I am now inspired to learn coding as a result.
Tell us about your background. What did you do before coming to Stirista?
Before coming to Stirista, I attended the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in December 2017.
While going to school, I had the opportunity to work with UTRGV’s Continuing Education Department, where I was a social media intern creating graphics. While working there, I learned video production and further developed my graphic design skills. It was great experience and exposure for a student to have because I now bring the skills I learned over to my position at Stirista.
Tell us something we don’t know about you or that others might be surprised to learn.
I believe something that most of my coworkers don’t know about me is that I play the violin. After playing for close to 11 years, while in college, I decided to put that passion into earning extra cash while going to school.I took a second job in a professional mariachi group as a vocalist and violin section leader. My group members and I grew very close in the two years we constantly performed that we considered ourselves a second family.
What advice would you give to someone interested in your job?
As a graphic designer, I believe in finding your own style. It gives you a deeper perspective of what your work means to you and the message you send to your audience. I strongly advise future designers to keep an open mind, and to stay humble and considerate towards others. It’s good to embrace change and critique your work so you can grow and improve as an artist. Educate yourself through the people around you and pass on that knowledge to others who are eager to learn.