It’s week three of Myriad’s Summer Internship Program. Things are going great. I’d like to introduce you to Tyler Hayes, our 2015 Marketing Intern. We hope you enjoy learning more about Tyler and his love for churros, chess, and epic frying pan flipping…All quite admirable in my book.
What made you apply for this internship? The first time I checked out Myriad’s website I was completely infatuated. Reading their story, checking out their team, and learning the company’s code made me feel like I was learning about a group of interesting and real people, as opposed to an otherwise faceless agency. I felt like Myriad embodied everything I thought was important about small businesses–essentially, placing human values and characteristics above business. Besides, their awesome video work speaks for itself. When I saw that they were hosting summer internships, my summer plans were immediately reprioritized.
- What are you hoping to get out of this internship? Honestly, I’m most excited about the opportunity to learn from and become part of such an awesome creative family. The first time I stepped into Myriad’s creative space (the word ‘office’ doesn’t feel the slightest bit appropriate here) I was enthralled with how inviting and stimulating the area was, but I was most impressed just by the generally good vibes. Myriad constructs a wonderfully open-ended framework for their interns to take advantage of, and there’s really no part of the workflow here that I wouldn’t want to learn more about. To be a bit more specific, though, I’m very excited to learn more about effective marketing and branding strategies–especially from a creative group that is already so interesting and relatable.
- What is your major and why? I’m currently studying graphic design at the NC State College of Design. I actually transferred to graphic design from a concentration in engineering–mainly because I thought my inclination to create or design things would be better suited to an environment without equations. I believe graphic design is, at its core, about thinking critically and solving problems, even when those problems fall outside of web, print, or app design, and ultimately I’d like to use my design experience for innovating solutions to problems in any field of work.
- Who are some of your heroes or influencers? One of my biggest creative inspirations is illustrator Pat Perry, for so elegantly and eerily exploring human-ness in his work. I’ve followed him ever since his work hit the internet, and he may have single-handedly demonstrated to me the power of reflecting human stories and feelings in drawings. Geoffrey Agrons, a radiologist and truly pioneering landscape photographer who took the time to mentor me while I was still in my picture-making infancy. He was and continues to be the biggest influence behind my exploration into landscape photography. Outside of that, I am generally inspired by anyone who can successfully communicate feelings or ideas, in any medium.
- What is your personal motto or mantra? I can’t say that there are any words I really live by. I’m always inclined to get pretty philosophical when it comes to questions like this, but I’ll say that I do try to look at every experience as a learning experience. I don’t believe that anything is truly a waste of time, rather, at the least, “wasted time” is just insight into what you shouldn’t be doing. I’m not sure if that makes me out to be some kind of optimist… which I’m probably not. I also think the best way to do something successfully is to first be truly passionate about it, so it’s important to learn what really resonates with you. That’s something I’m always working on.
- What are some of your hobbies or interests? Photography is a huge thing for me–it was really the first interest to drive me towards visual art or design. In some ways I consider it synonymous with my interpretation of design. I also love reading. One of my favorite subjects of study is philosophy, which I discovered in books. I just finished Timequake by Kurt Vonnegut a few days ago which is one of my new favorite novels. It’s not a philosophy book… but it might be. Chess is another one. I play it compulsively on my phone. If I’m using my phone at an awkward or inappropriate time, I’m probably in check.
- What inspires you? People. Definitely people. The human capacity for emotion, interaction, expression, dialogue, and self-awareness, to name a few, is the most dynamic and endlessly captivating thing to ever exist. I really love figuring out and empathizing with people, as a means of effective design but also as a result of a low-key fascination with psychology. And when I feel really compelled to create something, it’s usually an effort to better understand the subject.
- What is your favorite food in the whole world? Churros. Fresh strawberries. Brioche french toast with maple syrup. Not at the same time.
- Tell us the story about your most embarrassing moment. I spent the start of the very first day of kindergarten painfully trying to remove a poorly tossed wad of chewing gum from the laces of my new Nikes. In front of the entire class. For fifteen minutes. I have recurring visions of pink, gooey tendrils indifferently suffocating my dignity.
- What is your least marketable talent or hobby (something random/weird/cool about you that not many people know?) I’m pretty good at flipping food in frying pans. I’m pretty prideful of it, really. Though I still don’t know if it’s worth the trial and error it took to get here.
- What is your favorite film? Waking Life by Richard Linklater. It breaks down human experiences by comparing the idea of ‘waking life’ to being asleep, and challenges virtually every perception one may have about the world, the self, or other people. It’s also shot in rotoscope, which is super cool.
- What is your favorite book? The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. It’s a good example of how romanticized ideas actually work out in real life. It’s a horrible example of how to cope with mental illness.
- What is your guilty pleasure? Breakfast at any time of the day. And sudoku, but specifically in the morning. Also plants, but I have only one plant.
- Anything else you want the Myriad gang to know about you? Sometimes, when I’m really concentrated on whatever I’m working on, people think I look super pissed off. I promise I’m not pissed off, probably.