Tatiana Barela
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My belief is that design can inspire and impact the lives of others through any application including subjects of activism or entertainment; therefore I strive to be open to the knowledge and suggestions of others and enjoy bringing multiple ideas together. Inspired by this philosophy, I think about the possible future technological applications of design and how historic design developments can be applicable in the digital realm. Specifically, I ask myself how new breakthroughs in web based technology can be integrated to create designs that are engaging and playful. This can be observed in my website design for POWERUP in which CSS animation and animated GIFS are incorporated along with responsive HTML and CSS. My optimal work environment would be a space that considers everyone’s input on topics, and views design as an open forum considering the audience as an intrinsic part of the design process. My dream is to have the opportunity to explore applying these philosophies to user interface design and to one day design the user interface for a mobile based game.

Historical Influences

Art and graphic design is a reflection of developments and human thought throughout the course of history. Therefore it is important for designers to consider the influences and developments of multiple historical influences to best evaluate the most effective communication to use as inspiration for a project. An example of a historic artwork that has had an impact on my understanding of storytelling is Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez. The reason for this isn’t necessarily the style of the painting, but rather the hidden details of the painting that convey a story, such as King Philip IV and his wife in the background mirror, Velázquez’s own figure present within the painting and multiple historical paintings hung on the wall behind the figures. Similarly Hans Holbein’s The Ambassador is inspiring for this reason as well, featuring multiple objects intended to signify meaning particularly the large anamorphic skull signifying death.

I don’t look to a single design style but am inspired by the ways in which designers of the past have created works that emulate the philosophies, tools of their time and tell stories. The approach I find inspiring when creating illustrations or personal work is often the French Art Nouveau movement due to the use of organic forms and Sachplakat posters which have an authentic handmade quality to their style but simplistic use of saturated colors. An especially inspiring work of branding for me is the original branding of the London Underground in the early 1900s. These designs I seek to emulate because of their functionality while also featuring pops of color and playful advertising. I also believe this branding was an effective way to organize information and tell a story through wayfinding such as signage, employing numerous artists to participate in advertising and overall creating a visually pleasing experience for train riders.


All type present on this site is Montserrat, created by the graphic designer Julieta Ulanovsky and later updated by Jacques Le Bailly in 2017. This site is powered by WordPress and GoDaddy. Customized theme is Honshi – Elementor Creative Theme. Credit to Pixabay for all free stock photography. Special thanks to the creations that activated my passion for design and continue to inspire me.