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I am an American graphic designer working in Amsterdam.



I’ve made things in makerlabs, photo studios, small wood shops, big corporations, and some of the best agencies around the world. I’m always looking for new challenges and opportunities.


kirstencamara@gmail.com



Biography



I grew up in Boston, homeschooled with my three siblings across from Arnold Arboretum. We learned about the world through experiences in museums, libraries, beaches and parks, with foreign exchange students and neighborhood kids. I moved to Baltimore to study graphic design because it was somewhere in between science and art (my true loves). There was one class which impacted my outlook on everything — a collaboration with our school, medical researchers, and community leaders in East Baltimore. In this class we tackled health issues in local neighborhoods (diabetes, lead poisoning, hypertension) and developed solutions based on research and daily routines. From this experience, I began to understand change would only come with a combination of empathy and practical ideas.

After I graduated, I worked for 10 years in Minneapolis at nationally-acclaimed design and advertising agencies and continued taking evening classes to expand my toolbox and work on personal initatives. I was able to work for some amazing clients (Apple! Target!) and under some exceptional leadership. Working in advertising just reinforced the fact that empathy and simplicity drives action.
Alongside my career, my husband has played a big part in my personal understanding of the world. He is a strategist and leader in our local African and Muslim communities and is deeply committed to using his knowledge to build a better world. We have collaborated on a couple of initiatives, including an African soccer tournament which connected 14 different communities in Minnesota and built trust across cultures. We are currently working on a online platform to connect the diaspora around the world.

In 2015, my family moved to Nürnberg, Germany where I began working at Adidas’ headquarters in Global Brand Design. My projects ranged from developing graphics systems for retail to leading creative direction for retail sustainability. I found balance and inspiration working on future thinking experimentation and present day workstreams. The learnings between these projects continue to elevate and propel each other.

And now — now I want to use the tools I’ve developed to help connect the gaps in the systems I’ve seen. I want to work hard for things and people I believe in. I want to lift up those who are changing the world. I want to be a part of the solution.

Stay tuned.








Interested in working together?
Get in touch —
kirstencamara@gmail.com





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