Here at Glacier Media, our internal agency ecosystem is made up of 150+ folks.

It’s time for another edition of Team GMD Q&A! It’s kind of like Vogue’s 73 Questions. Instead, it’s in blog form and there are less than 10 questions – because you’re busy and we respect your time.

Meet the Team: Derek Kauss

This week on Team GMD we are featuring the newest addition to our design team, Derek Kauss. Originally from Toronto, Derek moved west to spend more time in the mountains and the surf. He has an impressive portfolio, featuring work for the likes of Arc’teryx, Herschel Supply Co and the University of British Columbia.

Read on to learn more about Derek!

In a short paragraph, tell us a little bit about your role at GMD. What do you do on a daily basis?
My role at Glacier Media Digital is visual designer. With this role I am involved with many different tasks (which I enjoy) from user interface design, creating social media and advertising assets to brand identity design. I work with many talented graphic designers with different skills than my own, so there is a huge opportunity to learn new things.

Personal kryptonite:
Stress. I find it can inhibit my design process, so I meditate often to calm my mind.

Hidden talent:
Eye-rolling ‘dad jokes’.

What are you currently listening to?
El Michels Affair playlist on Spotify.

If you had to give a TED Talk, what would it be about?
1. The benefit of meditation for creatives
2. Believing in your own personal experiences and value as it pertains to being a designer

How would you describe your design style?
Modern and clean, with a focus on human-centred design.

A cause you are passionate about:
Environmental sustainability.

Favourite resources for design trends/inspiration:
Design BoomAwwwards

Favourite thing about working from home?
The very short commute to my office.

First thing you’re going to do when Covid is over?
Go to a live music show, then plan a vacation or trip to visit family in Ontario.

Favourite Vancouver brunch spot?
Fable in Kits. Probably the best brunch I have experienced in Vancouver, delicious with locally sourced and healthy ingredients.

What is the last thing you watched/listened to/read that inspired you?
Book of Do, by Chris Do (Futur). Although he is an incredibly accomplished designer, he is very open and honest about his personal experiences and techniques to learning more about people and being a more effective designer.

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