October 24th, 2023


Your adventure has taken a mysteriously exciting turn. You have found the Emerging Creative Circle, a community designed by a small studio to empower you for the journey ahead. This community will entertain, inspire and educate you to worry less about getting ahead in the design world. To kickstart the growth process, we are bringing you a free online series, Designers are Scary! Take a deep breath; you were born to take this on.

We promise they don't bite.

Caleb George

Senior Researcher/Career Coach

Caleb started off studying cultural anthropology at University of the Arts, London which led him into ethnographic research. This took him to the far East where he conducted field research on artisanal crafting techniques around fabric and textile manipulation. After a break from field research, Caleb found himself wanting to come back to the design research which led him to his education in UX. Caleb is currently a Behavioral Scientist at Dell, and a Career Coach at Springboard.

Aiste Linauskaite

Junior Creative/Art Director

Aiste has two years of work experience in agencies like M&C Saatchi and Anomaly, working with brands such as Heineken and Adidas. She is an Art direction Graduate in School Communication Arts 2.0, MA Advertising in University of the Arts London, and has a graphic design background.

Rik Lomas

Founder and CEO of SuperHi

Rik is the founder of SuperHi, a content network that helps people get better at creative skills. He has taught and created content for tens of thousands of people across many subjects, from advanced coding to digital art for beginners. He is originally from Manchester, UK and based in Brooklyn, NY.

Kristen Mallia

Interdisciplinary Artist/Assistant Professor

Kristen Mallia is an interdisciplinary artist based in Boston. She is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Suffolk University and has been an Artist-in-Residence in Iceland and Italy. Her work has been exhibited internationally.
Find her at: @fireballdelicious and @malliadesign

Sarah Cantor

Senior Designer & Artist

Meet your Moderator! Sarah is a Senior Visual Designer at a small studio, where she specializes in breaking things (and eventually putting them back together)! She uses her gifts to bridge the worlds of brand and product design. Sarah also uses her design skills as a textile artist, handcrafting tufted rugs and mixed media art under the pseudonym @funaunt_

Register for the October 24th session of Designers are Scary!

Thank you to our panelists and to everyone who attended our August 22nd session! Here is the full recording of Designers are Scary... Back to School!

You've got all it takes.