Shay Larby

Graphic Design Web Design Specialist

“If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.”

– Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Q: How did you come to Digital Storyteller?

A: I came to Digital Storyteller through a peer at the AIGA. Ever since Covid hit, the design field has been inundated with talent, so there are a few folks out there who are keeping an eye out for opportunities to pass on to new designers. This was one of them!

Q: What’s one thing most people don’t know about your education or upbringing?

A: My education is a bit all over the place, since I was originally aiming to be an animator, but decided ¾ of the way through that I preferred watching and appreciating animation, rather than creating it. From there I dabbled in children’s books, caricatures, tattoo design, and ultimately landed on graphic design as the umbrella where I can take part in any and all kinds of creative endeavors. Guess I’m the embodiment of “Jack of all trades, master of none, but better than master of one.”

Q: What are your 3 favorite books/ podcasts?

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix
  • Haikyu by Haruichi Furudate

Q: If you were to look back from the age of 80 and tell yourself anything, what would it be? 

A: If I were to speak to my younger self, I would say that being true to your inner voice is okay. Don’t get so caught up in being perfect or pleasing others, because that voice you have is loud, strong, and can do so many things. You will experience a lot of struggles, sometimes all at once, but you will find that you can get through it all because you are far stronger than you give yourself credit for. Also, don’t give up on “childish” hobbies, they’re fun for a reason!