Amy’s talent and creativity are not only evident in her design work, but also in her quick wit as a punmanteau enthusiast.
Meet Amy Carter, Designer at our Seattle office.
1. Are you from Seattle? If not, where are you from?
Is anyone actually from Seattle? I was born in Georgia and spent my formative years between Tennessee and South Carolina. And before I disappoint you, the only way to hear my accent is to get me blind drunk or angry—but just pray that the two don’t coincide.
2. Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
When I was 17, someone had the genius idea of making me assistant manager of an ice cream store where I worked with four of my closest friends. In retrospect, I suppose it could’ve gone worse—I only flooded the store once and, as far as I know, no harm was done by feeding gumballs to the alligators in the lake behind our store. I should really follow up on that.
3. What kinds of hobbies and interests do you have outside of work?
My fiancé and I are pretty active music lovers, which a big reason why we love Seattle. The music industry here draws musicians from all over the world, so there is never a shortage of talent or something to experience.
4. What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
I’m told it’s oxygen, but second to that, my dog and Mexican food.
5. What is your hidden talent?
Still unconfirmed, but I like to believe that I’m an animal whisperer. I love creatures of all shapes and sizes and I’ve been told that I have a calming effect on animals. Probably because they have a calming effect on me.
6. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Abuse of the word “literally.” It’s like “Relax, dude. I believe you.”
7. What is something most people would be surprised to know about you?
When I was young, I occasionally donned my country get-up and galloped around on horseback carrying the American flag at the start of our county rodeos. Also, I was an extra in a Miley Cyrus movie and I never got paid for it so, needless to say, Miley and I got beef.
8. Name 3 things on your bucket list.
- Train a service dog.
- Celebrate Diwali in Nepal—specifically Kukur Tihar, the second day of the festival, which is dedicated to celebrating the sacred relationship we have with dogs and thanking them for being our loyal companions.
- Design my own typeface. A really good one that people are actually willing to pay for.
9. What is one of your personal mottos or favorite sayings?
“You can stare into the abyss, but it’s staring right back.”
10. Name a favorite line from a movie.
“I’m not even supposed to be here.” – Dante, Clerks
11. What is your favorite part of your job? What makes you excited to come into the office every day?
My coworkers. I moved 3,000 miles away from home to take an internship with HA and I can’t imagine having done that for any other company. I work with some of my closest friends and a truly remarkable set of people that both challenge and support me every day. Plus, they can hold their own in an aggressive game of flip cup.