Our team sat down with Senior Graphic and Multimedia Designer Kim Kelzer. After a warm welcome last year, Kim has become a vital part of the Strategic Elements team. Kim is our resident yoga instructor and travel aficionado who brings years of expertise in building brands and implementing visual communication. You can read our recent conversation with her below.
What made you decide to go into graphic design?
I have always been creative, loved art, and was good with computers- so I thought, why not build this as my career?! I not only can use my creative spirit daily, but I can make a difference and see tangible results in the real world. I love that there are so many creative directions to explore, and no two days of work are ever the same.
If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?
That’s easy- both of my grandparents: Vincent van Gogh, Jackson Pollock.
What would you tell your 18-year-old self?
Trust your intuition and build a solid foundation within yourself.
What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?
As I started my spiritual journey, I had a strong interest in the philosophy and reasoning why people practice yoga. Over time, this developed into a passion for expanding my practice and deepening my knowledge to teach others. Yoga is not just about teaching people how to work out during their busy schedules- it teaches you how to act with integrity and go into the world a better, more peaceful person every day.
What is your favorite part about working at SE?
My favorite part about working at Strategic Elements is collaborating on new ideas and bringing them to life as a team.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my free time, I enjoy traveling and being outdoors. Arizona has so many beautiful places to visit, and I like exploring new hiking trails when I can.
What advice do you have for someone interested in starting a career in graphic design?
Be fearless about learning. Invest in yourself and continuously broaden your skillset. Take classes, workshops or attempt personal projects to teach yourself a new skill. Build a portfolio that showcases a wide variety of your skills and best work.
What is one thing you have in your office space that you can’t live without?
My dog and my large monitors for designing!