Just a Little Javi

The Union houses a multitude of creative people, and Javier Ruiz is one another of the talented minds. From Union Fest, to UPC, to UNT on the Square–Javier’s incredible attention to detail is part of what makes his designs so colorful and fun. We are honored to highlight this particular Design Works designer!

What drew you to graphic design?

“Being constantly drawn to art, creative shows, that one odd book that stood up at the library… It was always something about the design.”

What is your favorite thing about what you do?

“My favorite thing about what I do is creating interesting designs surrounded by fun people. I think that my designs are heavily influenced by those around me and by having a very friendly work environment that pushes me to be a better designer everyday fully embracing myself.”

What are your strengths, in your own words?

“Creativity, a sense of humor, optimism, and positivity.”

What is your favorite thing you’ve ever designed?

“I made a typographic design about Lady Gaga, that needed to evoke her personality and talent with just her name. It was a challenge to make this happen, but being a Gaga fan, it was a fun one.”

What staples songs are on your playlist?

“Como la Flor by Selena
Plum by Troye Sivan
The Cure by Lady Gaga
I like it by Cardi B.”

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What are your goals for the future?

“I want to move to NYC or California to work for the movie and/or music industry, or doing editorial design and photography. “

Say hi to Javier and stay updated on his projects, both in design and photography, by following him on Instagram: @javierruiz0018.