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427 Design officially has its own Meme!

Not this kind of meme…

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 This kind of Meme…

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Tell us a little bit about you. Where did you grow up, your childhood memories, ya know, the early years. 

I grew up in the Cleveland area… I was pretty shy, quiet child, but definitely kept myself entertained by making things or playing outside. One of my fondest childhood memories was when my grandpa came to pick me up on a snow day in his convertible with the top down and heat as high as it could go. 

So you just graduated, huh? Tell us about that… 

It was weird, exciting, and bittersweet all at once. (Most people think I’ve only just graduated high school.) I graduated with a BFA in Visual Communication Design from The University of Dayton Forever a Flyer! I received the Mary Ann Dunsky Award for Scholarship in the Visual Arts, Outstanding Senior in the Visual Arts, two Silver ADDYs, and a Bronze ADDY award over the past two years!

Well, well, well, Fancy Pants… BRAG MUCH?!

So your last name is Meme, which we are super excited about (clearly). Do you have a favorite meme (and we’re not asking you to choose between your family members)?

Personally, I think I should be credited with the invention of memes, though my life hasn’t changed too drastically since they’ve gone mainstream. Sadly, everyone thinks my name is pronounced this way, though. Surprisingly, I’m not an avid meme user, but I am fond of the “Oh Crap” meme, just because the drawing is so hilariously ugly. 

Three words to describe you:

Determined. Positive. Thoughtful.

Favorite Quote:

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” — Winnie the Pooh

What’s on your iPod?

Twenty One Pilots, The Format, Eric Hutchinson, Regina Spektor, Paramore…

You beat out thousands of intern candidates last year. And after that grueling experience, you’re back?

Somehow you crazy people lured me back. No, but for real, I love it here, and am amazed by the quality of work and amount of fun that can be had while doing it.

But seriously, you’re regretting not taking that job in Cincitucky aren’t you? 

What was your first impression of 427 Design?

I was scared of Justin.

Everyone says that. Get it together, Tokos. 

What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Ten?

I hope to have played a crucial part in some sort of big award winning project.

Stick with us, kid…

And maybe even give a cool presentation or talk at a convention or something to inspire students in the field. Who knows!

 If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

It would definitely be bilocation… one of me could be at work and another one of me could be ANYWHERE.

Favorite word?

Perhaps

Least favorite word?

Fabulous. It’s just annoying.

What sound do you love?

Cellos… I could listen to someone play all day.

What sound do you hate?

Clocks that tick loudly…they make me crazy.

What is your favorite curse word?

“Shit” is usually what comes out of my mouth when I’m messing things up so…that’s what I’m going with.

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

“Ya done good,” accompanied by a high five, or something to that extent.

What inspires you, and why?

Nature/the outdoors…there’s always something beautiful to see, and it helps clear my mind.

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Tell us a little bit about your background.

Well, I was born on the coast of the Black Sea in wonderful Ukraine. When I was six, my family moved to Cleveland and that’s where I’ve been ever since. I was a quiet child, my parents told everyone I was very shy. But I wasn’t shy at all, I just preferred to be quiet. One of my fondest memories as a child was running and hiding from Gypsies that apparently kidnapped children.

Three words to describe you:

Determined. Jumpy. Reserved.

427 Design isn’t the place for a jumpy intern. We have a thing for scaring the bejeezuz out of people. With air horns, for example. 

Favorite Quote:

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
– Oscar Wilde

What’s on your iPod?

A mixture of Folk Indie, sadly no techno or polka.

So, what brings you to 427 Design?

Justin Tokos

You really still showed up after you met Justin Tokos? 

What was your first impression of 427 Design?

Woah…

What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Ten?

In ten years I hope to move to Belgium.

Because beer… and waffles. We totally get it. 

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

The ability to have all superpowers.

That’s selfish, dontcha think. Save some superpowers for the rest of us. Sheesh. 

Favorite word?  

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Uh, ok.

Least favorite word?  

Maybe.

What is something that no one would ever believe to be true about you?

When I was fifteen I went to Africa with a group of strangers for a month.  I was so terrified that I didn’t sleep for three days.

So that was more terrifying than working here? 

What inspires you, and why?

Everything, especially nature.

What fictional character do you most closely identify with?

Rapunzel

“Yana, Yana, let down your hair, so that we may climb the golden stair”. This works out well since the elevator is basically a death trap. 

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Andrea

I resolve not to make New Years resolutions. I think it sets me up for failure from the start. I guess I just set my mind to want to make each year the best that I can. To try new things, to work hard, to spend quality time with the people that I love, to learn from all that has happened in the previous year and to grow in the new one. And I think as the years pass, I have done just that.

Justin

I made a New Years Resolution to never make NYE Resolutions again, and it’s worked out really well. 

Brad

Yes, I always want the New Year to be better than the last. This coming year I want to complete a sprint triathlon and do another death-defying backpack or climbing trip with my son.

Gwen

I don’t believe I’ve ever made one. If I did…I’ve forgotten about it.

Kyle

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I tried once. It was to stop eating so much junk food, and well…yeah.

Joe

No, and so, no.

Paul

Never made a resolution I can remember. I’m too cynical. Always seemed like a dumb reason to do something I should already be doing. 

Kevin

No.

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Andrea

Joe. He shares in my love of craft beer. So maybe there’s a mix-a-six in my future.

Justin

I hope it was Joe, because I think he’d ask Allie what to do. 

Brad

Kevin…because he knows nothing about me.

Gwen

Brad. It would probably be the least ridiculous and I could really use a kettle bell set at home.

Kyle

I know whoever pulled my name will get me something I will love and cherish, so I can’t say it matters who actually did.

Joe

Either Paul or Andrea, because he probably knows me best, and she would get me some good beer.

Paul

Kevin, because it’s his last shot at redemption.

Kevin

I hope Paul gets me a gift because we are besties and we are going to Dave & Busters after work to hang out and play games and drink beers. I feel so fortunate to have a great friend like him!!! He loves me. 

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Andrea

Elf has always been my favorite. Why? Well, I don’t really think this requires much of an explanation. Will Ferrell…in a giant elf costume. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” However, I have a three-year-old and have recently been introduced to the Polar Express. So I guess that snuggling on the couch with my little nugget has probably made that my new favorite Christmas movie.

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Gwen

I love the movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It’s always been a tradition between my sisters and I to watch that movie the night before Christmas.

  

Justin

It’s a Wonderful Life and Christmas Vacation.  It’s a Wonderful Life because it’s charming and Mr. Potter is a hero to us all.  Christmas Vacation because, well… “shitter’s full”. 

Brad

Love Christmas Vacation…especially the cat chewing on the lights scene! Most of those who are closest to me will understand why.

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Die HardDie Hard is a Christmas classic.  They tried to recreate the magic in Die Hard 2: Die Harder, but it pales in comparison to the original.

Kyle

Home Alone (and Home Alone 2). I don’t think I need to explain why.

Joe

I’ve got to go with the classic A Christmas Story, but I also have a soft spot for those stop motion Rankin/Bass films from the 60’s. Who doesn’t love “The Bumble”? 

Kevin

I don’t like Christmas movies.

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