Olivia Junghans, Senior Designer.
Specializing in user interface design, branding, and illustration, Olivia is S4’s senior designer extraordinaire. Digital, print, you name it — Olivia brings strategy and style to everything.
Olivia strives to deliver data-driven solutions in her designs while keeping up with trends to move clients ahead and keep them relevant. Always looking out for what’s in and what’s out when it comes to design, Olivia is constantly reading books and articles on creativity and strategy to better herself and her team.
Her experience has led her to work with clients such as Steinway & Sons, Feld Entertainment, and her alma mater. When she’s not designing for Station Four’s notable clients, Olivia can be found illustrating children’s books and taking care of her “zoo” (which is really just her two dogs and two fish tanks.)
Four Quick Questions
What’s it like to work at a Marketing Agency?
New challenges every day. It keeps you on your toes, and keeps you developing your skills all the time. It never gets old, probably because you don’t have time to think about those types of things - too busy trying to get ahead of the curve for your clients and deliver excellent results. I consider myself lucky to work in a field that is equally challenging and fun.
What’s a fun fact most people don’t know about you?
I like all things weird, and that includes the animals I keep. I currently have a tank of axolotls, commonly called Mexican Water Dragons. My brother thinks they look like a pokemon and they gross my mom out, so they’re great. Growing up I had always wanted to be a marine biologist. It wasn’t until college was around the corner my dad decided to let me know marine biologists don’t make a lot of money so I decided to be an artist and designer instead.
What makes a good designer?
I think that a truly good designer is more than just their raw talent. They need to be able to take criticism well. I find that a lot of designers will put so much of themselves into their design that it becomes personal. There’s a healthy balance, because in the end there’s usually a client with a vision of their own. A good designer will be able to bring to light what that client can’t articulate visually. A good designer also thinks end-game and isn’t just a yes-man to their client. It is our duty as a designer to challenge our clients to think bigger and better for their company, to play devil's advocate once in a while, and get them thinking long term.
How do you stay on top of the latest trends?
My main accounts I keep active on are Dribbble, Behance, and instagram. While it’s important to keep up with the Joneses, I also think it’s important for discovery of new trends and designs which is why I like going to AIGA meetups and following Creative Mornings. At those meetups you meet different people with different interests. Sometimes, especially on smaller design teams, it’s easy to begin designing in a vacuum. I encourage all designers to meet new designers, especially ones with a different taste than your own. It keeps you versatile and gives you an open mind. You can also find inspiration in the most unlikely and interesting places. Sometimes I feel like in order to move forward we need to look back. I find old magazines from past decades and go through them. A good resource is Times Magazine vault online. It’s interesting to see what has become timeless.
Four Quick Facts About Olivia
If I ignore them they grow.
Took a solo road trip through Scottland.
Played clarinet at the 2017 Sugar Bowl.
Favorite painting medium.