Nice to meet you Miguel Cervantes
Where are you from?
Born in Mexico. Raised in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood (so sort of like being raised in Mexico). And there are bits of my heart in rural Minnesota and Paris (not Texas).
How did you end up at ID? Where were you before?
No other school would take me. Kinda. I have a B.A. in Anthropology with a French studies concentration. Naturally, I found a job as program director for a Chicago nonprofit that offers educational opportunities to under-resourced middle-school students. Nonprofit budgeting made me really resourceful, so I often found myself designing everything from event flyers to the students’ academic experiences. I enjoyed this and wanted to do more of it. Turns out that what I was doing was part of something called Design thinking, but I had no traditional design background. ID offered all of that and then some.
Tell us quickly about a project that you’re working on now that you’re really excited about.
Taking photos that John Grimes won’t crop, color correct, or straighten. I’m 0 in 3. Oh, and if you come to my presentation I’ll tell you about other side projects that have me tickled pink.
What do you do in your spare time?
Attend classes at ID. On my busy time I do my homework for said classes.
What would you do with 20 million dollars?
Pay my grad school loans. If I had anything leftover, I’d go on a gastronomic world tour.
What super-power would you most like to have, and why?
The power of staying awake for 24 hours a day. Because then I could attack super villains while they slept.
What are the websites you could not live without?
In no particular order:
My music blogs.
google maps (I like knowing where I am and where I’m going)
Is there anything you would like to say to ID?
I have never encountered a more diligent, apt, and quick-minded group than I have here.