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Meagan Floris: SF-Based Graphic Designer and Curious Creative

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Karine

Meagan (picture above by Gillian Stevens) is a local SF based curious creative, currently pursuing her BFA in Graphic Design at the Academy of Art University. I first met Meagan online thru Instagram after discovering Meagan’s beautifully curated feed, and was delighted when she agreed to meet with me and share her story. Read on to learn more about Meagan’s many talents, and hear how she approaches good design and what inspires her.  

Please introduce yourself!

Hiya! I’m Meagan Floris. I’m a photographer, graphic designer, and general curious creative living in San Francisco.

A few finished ceramic pieces from summer pottery class

I love that you describe yourself as a curious creative. What does that mean to you?

The reason I call myself a curious creative is because I literally am just so curious about creative things! I’m a serial hobby collector and find myself intrigued by something different every month. Last summer I was fully invested in ceramics, I’m almost always playing with my sewing machine, and a few months I ago I tried candle making for a week or so - haha! As varied as that may seem, I have those hobbies (a.k.a. distractions) to thank for helping me realize that I love the act of creating, problem solving, and that I need diversity in my projects. Through some trial and error, I discovered that graphic design is the perfect blend of those traits.

We can’t deny that good design is beautiful. But really good design is also thoughtful, intuitive, tailored, and solves a problem. Good design takes time. It’s a slow process that requires a lot of energy. But it’s worth it. 
Screenshot of Meagan's beautifully curated Instagram

Tell us about one of your favorite, most recent projects. What was that process like?

A couple months ago I designed the mobile interface for an app concept. The goal was to create an app that helped to break down some of the barriers that prevent people from shopping ethically. I’m not naturally passionate about web/mobile design, but the topic of the application, slow fashion, provided plenty of fuel for the project. The process took about 8 weeks. I started with about 2 weeks of research, which helped direct what my final design would be. After many designs, and iterations, and more designs, and more iterations, I finally ended up with a fully designed application that I’m proud of.

Although I could probably change the design over and over again (which is the curse of any restless designer), what I love most about the project is the concept. The last couple years have been so revolutionary for me in terms of both my materialism and consumerism. The impact we have as consumers is huge and I’ve been taking steps to learn to live with less, and when I do buy, buy responsibly.  

‍Snapshot from one of Meagan's many hobbies - The 100 Day Lettering and Calligraphy Challenge

Your work is absolutely beautiful. What does good design mean to you?

We can’t deny that good design is beautiful. But really good design is also thoughtful, intuitive, tailored, and solves a problem. Good design takes time. It’s a slow process that requires a lot of energy. But it’s worth it. Humans have a way of seeing right through rushed and messy design. Humans also have a way of celebrating and supporting beautiful and thoughtful design.

Any resources (blogs, newsletters, sites, etc.) that you love to look at for inspiration?

Reading my Tea Leaves and The Good Trade are both excellent blogs full of resources for conscious living.

I’m always looking at Style Bee for slow fashion inspiration!

Visualjournal.it is a simple blog and is great if you’re in the need for a quick dose of graphic design inspiration.

San Francisco brings me delight everyday. As noisy and busy as this city may be, I can look out my window at the architecture, people, and sunshine (usually) and it really brightens my day. The city is energizing and is constantly inspiring me to be better.
Snapshot of SF captured by Meagan

The philosophy that drives And Comfort is the idea of finding delight in the everyday What’s something that brings you delight or keeps you inspired?

As corny as this may seem, San Francisco brings me delight everyday. As noisy and busy as this city may be, I can look out my window at the architecture, people, and sunshine (usually) and it really brightens my day. The city is energizing and is constantly inspiring me to be better.