Member Spotlight | Sara Martinez


Name: Sara Martinez
Professional Discipline(s): Graphic and Web Design
Portfolio | Twitter

Why are you involved with AIGA Raleigh?
I have followed AIGA for many years, also many artists I admire have been AIGA members including my uncle John Martines, Illustrator. i joined for the resources it offers as a for my professional practice, the network and to be part of a community of like-minded individuals. I get inspired by their work and different activities.

What is your overriding professional goal?
My and my partner Bradly Sosnowski founded a graphic and web design studio, Pixelscut. We are starting out in the Raleigh area and our goal is to grow as a creative and professional studio building beautiful websites and applications with cutting edge technology. Also collaborate with other talented people in the area.

What professional accomplishment are you proudest of?
When I was going to school I won best portfolio award from my class. That’s something that motivated me to start my profession very confident. I worked for great brands and some of the bigger fish out there. I am proud to have developed the skills and professionalism to play it big.

What is your non-work creative outlet?
I love taking pictures and editing them. I can spend many hours doing that and just shooting special moments in my life, which I find that are many!

What’s your biggest design-related pet peeve?
Is very disappointing to me when I see the potential for a great design and is ruined by trying to hard on selling and marketing elements in obvious places. I have a strong feeling that a design will transmit the right message when is simple and just a good design.

What is the last thing that made you laugh out loud?
My 2 year old son Elijah, he makes me laugh with his innocent logic.

If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one ability or quality, what would it be?
I would love to be a great writer. Learn how to paint with words.

What have you gained or what do you hope to gain through your involvement with AIGA Raleigh?
Meeting creative people, share experiences with them, learning and getting inspired.

What led you to volunteer or join the board?
I just moved to the area and wanted to get involved in a group with creative people

What have you done as a board member or volunteer that you are most proud of?
I created the Alina Wheeler Event Facebook page, which was not a lot of work but when I was at the event she knew who I was!

 What goals do you have for the future of the chapter?
I would like to help to bring more guest speakers to give conferences. Hearing them talk and their stories inspires and motivates others as well as myself.





By Amy Lyons
Published December 1, 2013