Meet Our Designer: Ashley Hay

Meet Ashley Hay—she’s Horizontal Integration’s new designer, but she’s been working as a designer since 2008. We sat down by the duck pond to talk about her new position.
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How did you get started in design?
I always liked art growing up. When it came time to pick a profession, my mom asked, “What do you want to do?” I didn’t want to be a fine artist—I don’t have the skills or the patience. I was originally in print design, and I’ve done contract work, but I’m excited to do different projects now with the same team. It’s easy to get burnt out when you’re always the stupid new person.

Do you have any design heroes?
Maybe Junko Mizuno. Most of my heroes are more art heroes than design heroes. Classic artists like Monet and Dali. But not Picasso.

What past projects are you most proud of?
I’m proud of the fact that I have licensed work through LucasArts, Marvel, Adventure Time, My Little Pony—it’s all t-shirt design, but I like it. Also, I designed an in-store app for Best Buy and Microsoft, but it never got released. That’s corporate design for you.

What do you do outside of work?
I do a lot of shirt design. A friend and I are starting a fashion label. I also do cosplay.

Who do you cosplay?
Mera from Aquaman. A lot of people like Wonder Woman or Batgirl, but I like Mera.

Anything else?
I like to be outside. I play disc golf. And I like beer.

Do you have a favorite local brewery?
Everyone says Surly, but I like Dangerous Man and Hammer Heart. I also like Tin Whiskers. They have a cool logo, so of course I like them.

Are there any questions you’ve always wanted to be asked in an interview?
I always dream about interviews. I dream of being a celebrity someday. I’d give motivational speeches about women doing what they want. I thought it’d be cool to be an actor. I’d want to be like Michael Cera and get paid to act like myself.

If you were a celebrity, who would you have Twitter beef with?
Probably Kanye; he’s so full of himself. It’s easy pickin’s. I just hear the Peanuts adult voice—“wah wah wah”—whenever I listen to his music.

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