MEET #6435 TANIA LILI
Designer • New York, NY
WNW Member #6435 Tania Lili is a multidisciplinary designer from Mexico City, now based in Brooklyn. She's currently an Associate Visual Designer at Code & Theory. Though Tania loves freelancing, she makes a compelling argument for going full-time: the social factor. As much as being independent grants you freedom, it can also isolate you. Tania reminds us of the importance of surrounding yourself with like-minded people. She also has solid advice for fellow creatives: "Don’t let your job situation stop you from creating work you believe in."
1. How long have you been full-time? How do you weigh the benefits of freelancing and full-timing?
I began freelancing when I graduated from college (about six years ago) in Mexico City, my hometown. I came to New York three years ago and completed my graduate degree at Pratt Institute at the end of last year. I was offered an enticing career opportunity and have been working full time at Code & Theory for the past few months. I LOVE freelancing but full-time has a lot of benefits. I think the biggest one would be the social factor. I love people and I like to be surrounded by like-minded creatives all the time. It is inspiring and fun.
2. Is there a time or place that you feel most creative/have the best ideas?
I think at home. I am usually a night owl and often get struck with my best ideas after midnight.
3. What's your ideal Working:Not Working ratio?
80% work - 20% play. It all depends on the projects I am working on. If I am super excited about a project I don’t mind working on it over the weekend.
4. Do your parents understand what you do?
Not at all.
5. What scene from a movie makes you laugh just thinking about it?
6. If you were stranded on a desert island, with your computer, what 3 websites would you take with you?
HBO GO, Uncube Magazine, Twitter.
7. What do you do when Not Working?
I spend a lot of time reading and cuddling my cat. I also love exploring Brooklyn with my hubby.
8. Do you have a hidden talent?
I can do pretty crazy stuff with my hands and arms, they are very flexible. Does that count as a talent?
9. Do you have any tips for freelancers and fellow full-timers?
Don’t let your job situation stop you from creating work you believe in.
10. What's your favorite thing on the internet this week?
11. Who are some other WNW members whose work you admire, and why?
I really like Leta Sobierajski’s work and style.