Today we’d like to introduce you to Stella Filipov.
Stella, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I grew up in a family of STEM people, and I knew I loved art classes in high school. I eventually found my love for graphic design as an undergrad, especially working for my university’s student-run media publication. As Art Director I learned a lot about my passion for connecting people especially on with an interdisciplinary approach. Now going for my MFA in Design from SVA in NYC, and conducting my thesis on bridging STEM and art and all the multidisciplinary pieces in between! We can all learn from each other and I’m very passionate about that.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
At first, pursuing something creative coming from an immigrant family was a bit difficult. I had to pave my own path and really prove myself. Then in Computer Science classes as an undergrad, being one of 3 girls in every class was hard. And honestly, I continue having to prove myself to myself, because imposter syndrome exists in so many of us! But strength comes from adversity.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Graphic design and digital media. I’m known for being interdisciplinary and bridging art with a STEM mindset. I’m also very passionate about design research behind everything I do.
So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
I’m currently working part-time at an agency while I finish my master’s. I’m always looking for interesting freelance projects to collaborate on, interviewees for my thesis research, or creative career opportunities after graduating in the upcoming spring.