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19: Party of One - Cathartic Art and the Power of Personal Projects

By Julia Dufossé

In this episode, I talk with designers Melissa Deckert and Nicole Licht of Party of One studio about how they started collaborating, how they used personal projects to their advantage and how they create sets and props for photo-illustrations.About this EpisodeParty of One (Web; IG) is a collaborative studio founded and headed by Melissa Deckert and Nicole Licht. Together, they specialize in bold visual campaigns for brands and products using props, sets, and unique materials. Melissa and Nicole met while working as in-house designers at Etsy and after freelancing separately for a while, decided to join forces as Party of One. Since then they’ve worked with many brands and publications including Mercedes Benz, Otherland, Eater, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.In this conversation we talk about:how “cathartic piñatas” helped Nicole and Melissa to imagine their future studiowhy you should focus on process rather than outcomes as much as possiblehow to embrace play as a form of workhow Nicole and Melissa approach editorial assignmentsdesign portfolios and building one that gets you workthe Party of One processhow Melissa and Nicole get inspiredthe power of personal projectsComprehensive Show Notes:Episode Show NotesFollow the podcast:And remember to leave a review and/or rating on Apple Podcast (formerly iTunes) if you feel so inclined. It helps the podcast tremendously.Our WebsiteTwitterInstagramNewsletter AKA Art ClubResource LibraryFollow Julia:WebsiteInstagramBehanceSkillshare

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