Dilpreet is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Maryland and a first-generation American born to South Asian parents. She graduated from Towson University with a BFA in Graphic Design and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies and Business Administration. She works as both a freelance and in-house designer, designing for conferences and virtual events for the past seven years. Dilpreet is interested in how art and design explore the intersections between racial, queer, and cultural identities. On a normal day she can be found drinking boba, collecting children’s books, and re-posting TikToks to her Instagram story.
What’s your biggest challenge as a designer or creative?
I’m always trying to improve and update my design skills as much as I can while keeping up with new design content and trends. I’m also trying to develop my illustration skills to a professional level. Juggling all of my creative interests can feel overwhelming so at the end of the day I want to make sure I’m still doing what I love!
What’s your favorite quote/philosophy?
“Press on with pride and press on with purpose.” – Chadwick Boseman
What are your top 3 favorite books or movies? (doesn’t have to be design-related)
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (with Jim Carrey)
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (I also love both of the movies!)
- Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
What’s on your desk that you could not live without?
A cute notebook and a very good pen.
What sparks creativity for you?
Usually scrolling through Pinterest and Instagram is an easy way to spark inspiration but going outside helps me the most. My favorite out door activities to spark creativity include going to art museums, botanical gardens, and never underestimate what a short walk to get some bubble tea can do for your creativity!
What are some of your hobbies?
Reading, doodling in my sketchbook, video games, and watching bad reality tv (Love Island UK fans stand up!)
Instagram: @mybrownaesthetic | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/dilpreetdayal