Welcome back to the Anchour Spotlight series, where we interview the people behind our company and who are dedicated to telling the stories of businesses around the world.
Tell us a little about yourself (How old are you? Where are you from? Describe how you became interested in design and decided to pursue it as a career, etc.).
AB: I am 21-years-old, I was born in New Jersey, but my hometown is Sabattus, Maine. I was inspired by my grandfather to pursue art as a hobby, but honestly, I had no concept of how these skills could translate into branding and graphic design. That changed about a year ago when Stephen spoke to me about joining Anchour. Both Stephen and Victoria — Anchour’s Managing Director and Director of Design, respectively — have been instrumental in helping me along the way. I'm blessed that I get to do what I love and so grateful to be a part of this company.
What’s the best part of your job?
AB: I really love picking up a sketchbook. I also love designing posters, t-shirts, coasters — package design as well.
What’s the worst part of your job?
AB: I love everything that I do here at Anchour, but like every job there are some tedious parts. Brand guidelines, for example. It’s essentially taking everything you have created in a project and summarizing it — teaching a person / business how to use it. While tedious, it can often be the most important part, so there are no shortcuts.
“Oh, I had a salad, so that means I can eat a cupcake.”
Who inspires you?
AB: My grandfather. And Vincent van Gogh — he is my favorite painter of all-time. I am also inspired by Louise Fili, she has her own studio called Louise Fili Ltd. that specializes in package design and restaurant identities. Oh, and I can’t forget about Sha'an d’Anthes, she’s an artist from Australia. I started painting animals just because of the art she posted on her Instagram.
What is one of your favorite projects you’ve worked on thus far?
It’s really a tie between Vena’s Fizz House and Gorgeous Gelato. The Gorgeous Gelato project is not finished yet, but I am incredibly proud in the direction it is going in.
What’s the biggest misconception people may have about your job or working at Anchour?
AB: People may not realize how difficult the work is. We all pull very long days here — sometimes 12 hours. But I can honestly say that my worst day at Anchour is better than a good day anywhere else.
Where do you see Anchour in 5 years?
AB: Bigger and better in all areas. I can’t wait to see what’s in store.
So I hear you are everyone’s favorite at Anchour because you bring in baked goods.
AB: I don’t all the time! Once in a while, I’ll bring in pie or chocolate-peanut butter fudge. But yeah, we love baked goods — anything junk food-wise. Victoria and I sometimes plan our meals around the amount of cupcakes and muffins we eat. For an example, we will say: “Oh, I had a salad, so that means I can eat a cupcake.” In our minds, it balances out. I know it makes absolutely no sense.
Any tips or advice you would like to share?
AB: Just go for it. I quit college a year ago and now I am working full-time pursuing a passion of mine. I never thought I would get here, but I did. There will always be times of difficulty and adversity, just keep pushing through — even on those days when you’re exhausted or feel anxious. You will be able to look back on it and be proud of what you have accomplished.