Frontier Portrait: Stephanie Wolf
In a sentence (or two), describe your role at Frontier.
I am responsible for crafting the visual identity of The Frontier Project. A lot of the stuff you see out in the world — the website, social media — I probably touched. I also work on the client side, assisting with strategy (when visual comms are involved), creating branding, and designing print and digital products. And last, but not least, I manage the other designers, helping to cultivate and push the awesome creative talent we have.
What’s your life motto?
"Gather ye rosebuds while ye may". Carpe Diem, in other words, but the way Aaron Sorkin would say it.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
The Bachelor/ette. I spend hours yelling at the TV and fast-forwarding through cringe-worthy moments. I don't know why I do it to myself.
What were you like in high school?
I was jock primarily. I played a lot of sports (tennis, volleyball, basketball, lacrosse) — it helped to ground me and taught me a lot of life lessons. But I was a bit of a misfit, too. I was involved in a whole lot of stuff but always on the fringes. I never quite fit in any one group.
What is your favorite palindrome?
I don't have one, but I do have a favorite ambigram.
Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.
I have a Golden Retriever name Digby. He's a lunatic, but a good boy. If you visit the studio, you may find him in the media suite snoozing at my feet. He'd love to say hello, but careful—he WILL jump on you.
What’s your favorite movie of all time?
The Goonies. I'm a child of the 80s. Er, maybe, The Princess Bride. I can't decide.
How would people communicate in a perfect world?
On deckled-edged, hand-calligraphed letters or letterpressed cards.
Book smart or street smart?
What was your very first job?
Filling out scale tickets at my dad's recycling plant. It sounds crazy, but there's something satisfying about manual entry.
How do you define success and how do you measure up to your own definition?
My own definition of success is how well you're living up to your potential and how happy you are in life. I'm a work in progress.
What is your philosophy towards your work?
As a graphic designer, my philosophy is that design (within the context of what we do) should be invisible. If people notice what something looks like rather than what it says, I haven't done my job.
What brought you to Frontier?
The Outside magazine list of best places to work. The vast majority of companies on that list are out west: CA, CO, UT, etc. I think the year I looked, Frontier was one of two companies on the East coast. And, as luck would have it, they were hiring a designer!
How long have you worked with Frontier?
I hit my 5-year anniversary in April.
Early or late to meetings?