Spotlight on Rebekah Miel

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What is your overriding professional goal?

To be happy. That might sound cheesy, but it’s true. If I’m interested in and inspired by the work I’m doing, then it shows in the end result. I’ve been lucky that so far in my career, this has almost always been the case.

How do you explain what you do to “regular people?”

I usually say I’m visual swiss army knife: sometimes I take pictures, sometimes I make things for the interwebs, and sometimes I program interactive installations. Then I throw in a couple of curveballs like PHP, kerning, Processing, and achromatic – they usually just smile and nod.

If you were a corporation, what would be your mission statement?

QuickBrownFox Studio is a labor-of-love print and interactive studio whose work focuses on supporting the performing arts and grassroots organizations through design and marketing.

What is your greatest work-related purchase?

A Wacom tablet. It took me a while to get used to using a stylus, but my wrists thank me.

What professional accomplishment are you proudest of?

In 2005, I was named Young Philanthropist of the Year for a series of photographs and a short film I made about the aftermath of the tsunami in Sri Lanka. My work was used to support fundraising efforts for an orphanage, a school, and a devastated fishing village near Galle, Sri Lanka.

Why are you in AIGA?

The community. Being a freelance + in-house designer means I’m usually isolated from other design thinkers. I appreciate that AIGA is a forum through which we can support each other’s work and creative aspirations without being competitive over clients or awards.

What is your non-work creative outlet?

I write. I play music. I used to be in a loud swamp rock band, but now I just play a tiny, vintage Kay at home. I’m also still involved in a fair amount of philanthropy including a non-profit I recently started with my husband called Friends with Benefits ( We provide supplemental insurance to uninsured Triangle musicians.

What do you see yourself doing in five years? And where?

I’m slowly working towards the goal of supporting myself full-time with my freelance work and eventually starting my own design studio. I hope I’m still involved in philanthropy and the arts, and I can’t imagine living anywhere other than Durham.

Outside the typical ones (dog, cat, fish, lizard), what office pet would you like to have around?

A fainting goat. Think about it… it’s an automatic paper shredder, lawn mower, and non-stop entertainment.

You have to eat a radial tire. How would you prepare it?

Put it in my juicer with beets, carrots, ginger, and wheat germ. Chill in the fridge and drink as a “healthy” snack.

Would you rather be a chicken nugget or a monkey wrench? And why?

Obviously a monkey wrench… then I could either be a Foo Fighters song or a flexible fix-it all that’s been around since the 1800’s. Either way it’s win-win.

By Kelty Brittle
Published November 2, 2010