MEET #3946 MORGAN BRILL
Designer • New York, NY
WNW Member #3946 Morgan Brill is a graphic and industrial designer. She's worked for Ogilvy & Mather, Anomaly, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Nylon. Morgan's advice to her fellow freelancers is both helpful and hilarious: "Show up first, make more than they expected, talk to everyone around you, and go home last. Also. After two or three weeks of working on a pitch, day and night, with a fussy client, bring a glass of wine into a very long, hot shower with you."
1. How long have you been freelancing?
It's almost two years now.
2. Is there a time or place that you feel most creative/have the best ideas?
Like clockwork: 11am, Saturday, during my near-sacred ritual of breakfast and milky coffee alone somewhere in Red Hook, where I live. I always have a sharp pencil and a stack of graphed notecards to my right for all of the wild, caffeine-fueled ideas that crop up. So, I guess it's whenever I'm exercising autonomy and/or stuffing myself to the gills with morning cheeseburgers - medium rare.
3. What's your ideal Working:Not Working ratio?
60/40 I'd say. I'm so happy working alongside other creatives, shifts in routine are vital and energizing, but I am trying to hike the Grand Tetons.
4. Do your parents understand what you do?
My parents, two plucky life-long New Yorkers, both left their homes at a young age, traveled the world for years (if you ever bump into a Mitchell or Sandi Brill, ask for their stories from this period, tell them I sent you and also to please stop texting me emojis and yes I called Nana), then landed in lifelong creative careers; my dad in advertising, then the television industry, and my mom, a creative director and an artist. If they weren't so lovely and eccentric they may have been just a little disappointed had I chosen to do anything else.
5. What scene from a movie makes you laugh just thinking about it?
6. If you were stranded on a desert island, with your computer, what 3 websites would you take with you?
7. What do you do when Not Working?
Camping, cooking, reading, panicking about taxes, quilting, thai boxing terribly.
8. Do you have a hidden talent?
Yes, if untangling things, dad jokes, not falling over on the subway, eating while I walk, intuiting when boiling pasta is 'al dente', and packing suitcases efficiently count as "talents."
9. Any tips or advice for fellow freelancers?
Show up first, make more than they expected, talk to everyone around you, and go home last. Also. After two or three weeks of working on a pitch, day and night, with a fussy client, bring a glass of wine into a very long, hot shower with you.
10. What's your favorite thing on the internet this week?
11. Who are some other WNW members whose work you admire, and why?
Ryan Lowry, because he's undeniably talented and also an A+ texter.