Our children’s book group, or ‘Kid Collective’ as they’re known around here, has been making headlines with their bold, innovative projects for a while now. And while you likely recognize some of their mega-bestselling titles and series (Big Fat Notebooks, anyone?), you may not know the players that make the group so special.
We decided to change that.
Taking inspiration from the questions in Grace Bonney’s In the Company of Women, here’s our interview with know Phil Conigliaro, multimedia designer in the Kid Collective.
What did you want to be as a child?
What didn’t I want to be as a child! I was all about being an archeologist, a jedi, a secret hero, a lawyer, doctor, photographer, programmer, animator, and cartoonist. Somehow I managed to find a job position that allows me to be most of those things.
Name a fear or professional challenge that keeps you up at night?
Hippos! . . . Professional hippos.
What was the best piece of advice you were given when you were starting out?
Do what you enjoy for work, then it feel less like work.
What is your favorite thing about your workspace?
The people that I get to work with are by far my favorite part of my job. Creative, intelligent, honest, they are bring a variety of skills, talents and ideas to the table . . . Also I like the free bagels on monday!
If you were magically given three more hours per day, what would you do with them?
I have a feeling it would change day-to-day, but a nice long lunch and a nap in the middle of the day would be pleasant, and super-charge me for the rest of the day.
What tool, object or ritual could you not live without in your workday?
Not a high-tech tool, but definitely one of the most helpful, is a small metal pick that I use to clean up 3d model, pry things apart, precisely hold things down, score paper for folding. Every day I find some use for it.
What is your no-fail go-to when you need inspiration or to get out of a creative rut?
This might sound silly but a good night’s sleep will usually help me approach things with a fresh pair of eyes. It helps me come up with new approaches to creative problems.