Caroline Gonzales

Aspiring globetrotter. Also a dog petter.

About

Fond of solving problems and building products that create value, with a persistent willingness to learn and challenge myself. I always strive to provide a solution that creates value for end-users in the work that I produce. Although I tend to focus on digital experiences, typography and editorial were my first true loves. When I’m not tackling a design problem, I live vicariously through dog owners (until I can be one myself), I look through fashion blogs, and wish I could travel the world.

How would you describe your design style?

Constantly evolving — it changes as I grow.

Other than design, what creative fields interest you most?

Fashion design never ceases to impress me.

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why?

If you’ve seen holographic foil, that’s what a Caroline crayon would look like. Google it if you must. Holographic paper/foil/anything really speaks to me.

If you could learn any new skill or talent, what would it be?

I’d love to learn how to slay as hard as Beyoncé, but if I’m going to say something attainable, it would be great to learn how to run fast for long periods of time.

Design Interests

Web Design
UI/UX Design
Editorial and Book Design

Find me

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Light Years

Light Years, a personal reflection on self in relation to time and space.

Introduction

Four years in this program has genuinely taught me a lot about design and the ways I react to it. Reflecting back on these four years, I have realized that not only have my design skills grown, but myself as an individual and a human being have come to grow with it. Light Years is an investigation of self in relation to time and space. It is an embodiment and product of how I’ve grown to comprehend myself in relation to the universe.

Learning

I was highly interested in how others viewed themselves in relation to the time they have on earth and the space in which they occupy. The underlying question I really had was, what gives your life meaning? I analyzed people who I look up to, that I personally think have lived so far ‘full’ life—one being Casey Neistat. After analyzing and interviewing several individuals, I found that freedom, family and relationships, and self-improvement are what gave these people meaning to their own lives.

Simultaneously, this project became a learning process about myself. Through these interviews, by mentally disagreeing or agreeing with answers and situations, I was able to evaluate how I would answer the questions myself. I realized that for me the significance of my own life relied on broader topics being purpose, value, efficacy and self-worth. Notions of family, relationships, freedom, and self-improvement are very important to me, but belonged under much broader, primary topics.

Deliverables

The entire research process showed my own vulnerability, allowing myself share raw emotion by use of my own words. To get out of my comfort zone, I wrote an essay chronicling issues of my own, and thoughts regarding self, time, and space. I hated writing, mostly because I thought I was horrible at it, but ironically, writing this essay gave me a sense of respect for writing, and has allowed me to practice getting better at it.

Light Years, in it’s book form, consists of the essay, personal anecdotes, and abstract images that reflect the written content. Images were meant to complement and reinforce the words, not so much to literally show them in pictorial form. Aside from writing as a personal reflection, the words are also written as an interaction between the reader and the written content, intended to create a dialogue. Some lines are written in ways that can be perceived as the author narrating themselves or perceived as the reader reflecting amongst their own self. Creating the book was done with the intent of have it physically accessible for myself at any given moment. I thought of it as similar to something I could put in a time capsule, or sort of like a handbook that I could refer to or read about in the many years to come.

I created an interactive site, documenting Light Years and it’s concepts to be able to share with friends and family, both near and far away. Since a single book, produced and hand-made myself isn’t as portable, I thought it would be easier accessible for to share by translating the book in it’s physical form onto a digital space. You can access the interactive site at lightyearsfrom.today

Reflection

Light Years for me was therapeutic, which allowed me to have new insights as a human navigating my life, and the next chapter of it. It was done with no limitations, no definitive problems and no intended solution—it was done instead with the intent of it growing with me.

See more of my work at the graduate showcase