◇ How did you get into graphic design?
I always felt a passion for art growing up. I stumbled across graphics when it was introduced to me by a friend. I studied at Blue Hills Vocational High School in Canton MA when I was asked to choose a skill to study. I liked to draw and I knew a good friend that chose to study Graphic Communications. Once I made the decision to give graphics a try, at the early age of 15, I fell in love with it immediately. Not only was I learning about design but about print and all levels of graphic communication.
◇ Where did you continue on to pursue your education?
I received my bachelors degree in Graphic Design at the former Mount Ida College in Newton.
◇ Tell us how utilizing your graphic skills has been fulfilling.
For a few years after college, I worked for the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester. I was able to teach the youth members Graphic Design once a week. As a former member of the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester I wish I had classes like this growing up. I find fulfillment and enjoyment in helping organizations like this by impacting the community through art.
◇ What helps you stay focused and creative behind the screen?
When I know what my objectives and strategies are for a project my creativity and focus is stronger. It also helps to work in a space designed to help me create beautiful work. A comfortable desk, a window view, hot coffee, and silence can do the job! Creating the right atmosphere is important for my creative flow!
◇ Tell us about your cultural background.
I am a Hispanic American. Born here in Boston, but my parents come from the Dominican Republic.
◇ What do you like to do on your down time?
Spending time with the family is very important to me, especially spending time with my niece and nephews who live in Cohasset.
◇ What do you like to do around town?
Hiking! I enjoy exploring the many trails of the Blue Hill Reservation.
◇ What is your go–to restaurant?
I love driving into the city with friends for some authentic dishes. I enjoy the atmosphere of Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen for the live music and the delicious Soul Food and Merengues Restaurant. Definitely a must for date night, TSSM!
◇ Favorite Caribbean dish?
Mofongo recipe! The plantain, a common veggie in the Caribbean and a staple ingredient in so many Dominican meals. The Mofongo is one great example of a a delicious and quick way to cook plantain.
- 1 cup oil for frying (corn, peanut or soy)
- 5 unripe plantains peeled, cut into ¾” [2 cm] slices
- 1 lb pork cracklings cut into 1″ [2.5 cm] pieces
- 2 tbsp garlic mashed
- 1 1/2 tsp salt (or more, to taste)
Heat oil over medium heat and fry the plantains till golden brown all over (3-5 mins). Using a pilón (wooden mortar [link to affiliate store]) mash the plantain, garlic, and cracklings together (You might have to do it in small batches and mix in the end).
Shape into 6 balls and place in small bowls.
Serve garnished with the beef stock.Course: Main CourseCuisine: LatinoServings: 6 servingsCalories: 659 kcal
Recipe from: Dominicancooking.com
Thanks, Mio! Your creativity, work ethic and attitude have been inspiring and a pleasure to work with!
TSSM, if you are looking for a freelance graphic designer e-mail us: [email protected].