Meet a Mintie: Chica Design

Today we’re lucky enough to get to know a hip Southern gal and devoted mother: Angela Forero, the creative force behind chica design. She’s been a community member since August of 2009 and we’re looking forward to seeing more of her creations in challenges to come!

At age nine, you wanted to be?
Oh for sure a dancer.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a designer?
When I worked at Cartoon Network as a marketing manager. I loved all the creative ads + packaging and I found out that you can actually get paid to draw pretty pictures.

Do you have any formal design training?
Yes, I went to Creative Circus in Atlanta–at first as an art director, but I fell in love with design.

How would you describe your style?
Eclectic, feminine/gamine with a little grunge thrown in–but my style is evolving.

What is your normal workflow or process like?
I write down my ideas, start sketching and then hit my mac, not literally but I start playing around with what works. then I step away, if I like what I see when I come back to it, I tweak it some more.

How many iterations does it take for a design to become final?
Gosh, it depends. sometimes 10 sometimes 2. It all depends on how fast it clicks with the subject matter.

What tools, techniques, and mindsets do you find absolutely essential?
My mac is essential, but I find that, good ol’ paper and pencil are fundamental. My scanner is pretty essential. The internet is a definite plus, although I miss the days when I had the leisure to go to the bookstore and just look at books and magazines. I love looking at magazines for inspiration.

What are the easiest and the most difficult aspects of the design process?
Revisions are pretty tedious.

Do you have a favorite font?
Right now I am digging bebas, aw conquerer inline and I am always partial to gotham.

What color would you paint your walls right now?
Yellow.

Favorite notebook?
My moleskin–I jot down little ideas I might have. I’m a list writer. So if i don’t write it down, I will forget.

Favorite design tool?
My exacto knife.

What was your wedding invitation like?
Romantic red, chocolate + mocha. I hadn’t done a wedding invite prior, so it was my first piece!

Did you send out a Christmas card?
Yes, I did, I tweaked a design I had been working on. type driven, bold, colorful and cheery.


Tell us about one of your favorite cards offered for sale on Minted and how you came up with the design.
My favorite card i guess would have to be my children’s stationery Go. My inspiration was my son. Always on the go.

What design trends do you think will emerge this spring/summer?
I think more organic design is coming back as opposed to sleek.

How does living in Atlanta influence your design?
I feel like Southern brides are a breed all their own! And I’ve always loved how proper the South is even about casual events–yes a breed all their own, but very fun. I think the South has come a long way. You get a lot more requests for non traditional invites now–less frilly things and more modern fonts. I am itching to do a whole ‘Gone with the Wind’ theme. Hmm maybe for the next wedding challenge.

What are the places in your hometown that you would recommend a visitor check out?
Ok. First i would start out with a good breakfast, so Flying Biscuit (amazing grits + sausage) then would take a stroll to Piedmont Park, walk next door to the botanical gardens and see what new exhibit they might have…. starting to get hungry by this time so I might head off to Antico Pizza–most amazing Napolitano pizza–they import the tomatoes… then off to little five points to rummage through thrift stores Stefans + Junkman’s Daughter and check out all the little boutiques….now I’m getting thirsty, pomegranate margaritas at Pozole–then walk next door for some Thai food at Surin- catch a show at the Fox or at the Tabernacle–nightcap at R Thomas (open 24 hours i think).

Where do you like to shop? I love thrift stores and antique flea markets–I get such a rush in finding a bargain!

What are your favorite online design sites and blogs? I hate to admit this, but i really am a Luddite when it comes to certain things–i still prefer tactile things–like reading books + magazines, and at the end of the day I want to get off my computer and play–but I do look on some sites for inspiration: aiga.org, daily candy, charming wall, design is kinky, i love typography, hicks design.

What designers do you really admire? Love hatch show print. For stationery I like paper + cup design-really simple and pretty, I also love that designer husband and wife team ’9 by Design Interior’–they were awesome on Bravo.

Is there a celebrity or famous locale whose style or aesthetic you envy or want to mimic? I’m a child of the 80′s and 90′s so Kate Moss was huge when I was in high school-she still has swagger today- I love the whole rocker/glam chic persona.

Do you have a favorite vacation spot?
Folly Beach, South Carolina. so relaxing. Right on the beach–best fish tacos ever too.

What can’t you travel without?
My iPod, lip balm and camera.

Do you have any hobbies of note?
I like to paint + renovate homes.

What can’t you live without?
My son.

Always in your closet?
Jeans.

Favorite piece of clothing?
Chunky jewelry.

Biggest self indulgence?
Really good food.

What was the last book you read?
Just re-read Harry Potter. Always on the hunt for a new great story.

What’s your design philosophy? Color never hurt anyone.

What piece of art would you most like to own?
van Gogh’s Starry Night.

What’s currently inspiring you?
Music: loving mumford and sons, florence and the machine, oh and prince–can’t forget him.

What’s on your playlist when you’re designing?
It depends if I’m in a crunch instrumental music. if i have the luxury to play around and concept 80′s music, new wave or rock.

What advice would you give a new designer?
Keep learning, be curious and learn how to take criticism because it eventually betters your craft.

Find more of Natasha on her blog.

11   COMMENTS
  1. Yolanda

    Great interview, nice to me you Angela.

  2. Laura

    ‘Go’ is one of my favorite designs- great interview Angela!

  3. Jessica Y.

    Great interview and love the “Go” design!

  4. Brooke

    Nice to meet you, Angela. It is so much fun to see what influences your designs.

  5. Quintel

    great interview. you always know when you’re talking to a peach. we have so much in common. :)

  6. Meg G.

    Love your work Angela! It’s also so bright, bold, and eye-catching. It’s lovely to get to know you a little better!

  7. annie

    great interview! I always look forward to seeing your designs they are so warm and inviting and love your bold use of color!

  8. Angie

    Be Merry Banner is one of my favorites. Totally agree with your design philosophy. :)

  9. Katherine

    Hey Angela, so nice getting to know you better!

  10. Marie

    I loved reading your story! And your wedding stationery was absolutely beautiful!

  11. Marie

    It was so nice reading about you! And your wedding stationery was beautiful.