Our Millennials are So Dang Funny and Cool

According to Forbes, there are about 80 million millennials (born 1980-2000) in the U.S. alone; to put it another way, they make up some 25% of the U.S. population–and thanks to immigration, they’re a generation that is actually increasing in size. So, while we try to figure out “what’s next” – let’s continue our survey of the DDW Millennials and see what we might learn from there insights and observations.

The DDW Millennials are here!

The DDW Millennials are here!

Sebastian

Where did you go to college? Academy of Art University San Francisco

What did you study? Graphic Design

Where did you grow up? Santa Barbara, CA

What do you think of this business? I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I love my job and the work I get to do. I always love having new challenges and opportunities to learn about different industries and products. I feel blessed every day I get to do this for a living.

Why San Francisco? Is there a cooler city? I think not, food, art, music, it has it all. Its the epicenter of what’s cool to me. Being a native California I feel its the best city in California, with a beautiful combination of architecture and nature.

What do you do in your free time? Music, music and more music. I play a lot of instruments and have produced a full-length album of my work this past year. Besides that, I love taking little adventures with my awesome girlfriend or just hanging around our place with our little cat buddy.

What’s your favorite technology or app? A new app that I find pretty cool is an app called Periscope which allows you to upload the real-time live video to your feed of followers. It’s great for following musicians who will sometimes use it to capture their own live show.

Uber or Lyft? Uber. Never even tried Lyft, pink mustache in the beginning probably ruined it for me.

Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat? The Gram, it was the first and probably last social media outlet I will use. Never got a Facebook if you can believe that. Instagram seemed better for the larger art community. It’s great, I pretty much use it as an inspiration feed, not so much to keep up on what friends or family are up to.

Favorite band/musician? Band: BADBADNOTGOOD (As of now ‘cause I can never name an all-time favorite band)

Artist: MADLIB (Hip-Hop Producer whose music changed my life and continue too. All-time favorite artist all around)

Favorite food?  Bull Valley Roadhouse – Port Costa, CA. Best flipping meal and drinks of my life. Highly recommended!

Are you excited, scared, disgusted re politics etc? All of the above except excited. Don’t think I have ever been excited about politics.

What are YOUR opinions on Millennials? They are a curious bunch. Its seems everyone is trying to pin point, group and label them but what I have found out from my own personal experience, is that they could not be a more disjointed generation. The internet has allowed everyone to really explore and see what’s out there so they can better define themselves. The by product of this is that we know have millions of Millennials with all different view points and interest.  To try and group them altogether and say they like this, or do that is a little unrealistic to me. Too many times have I heard generalizations on Millennials and felt they could not be more wrong, but then again, I’m just one millennial.

Opinions on design trends that you think are in vogue Real, authentic and smart. Simple and minimalistic are just buzz words that get tossed around too much for the wrong reason. Some design requires detail if its appropriate, and some doesn’t. It all comes down to what you are designing for and who is using it. Trends come and go and the only thing I know for certain is that it is all one big pendulum swing, eventually what was not in, will be.

Ashley

 Where did you go to college?  Florida State University / College of William & Mary School of Business

What did you study? Creative Writing / Business—Marketing

Where did you grow up?  Tampa, Florida, Gulf Coast

What do you think of this business? I love it—amazing people (co-workers & clients), exciting, interesting, highly creative and able to see the impact of your work

Why San Francisco? 100%! Love the culture of moving and getting things done, framed by the most beautiful country in the world that’s perfect for exploring/hiking/camping/air-bnb-ing. Great people, great vibe, tons of amazing restaurants and bars and music, the list goes on and on!

What do you do in your free time? (bike, hike, eat, party, charity, sleep…) : hiking, exploring new places, going out to eat / exploring new spots with friends

What’s your favorite technology or app? Yelp

Uber or Lyft? Uber—better overall experience. Feels more premium.

Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat? Snapchat, followed by FB, followed by Instagram

Favorite band/musician? Lord Huron

Favorite food? This is an eating city! There is no fave 🙂 BUT if I had to pick it would be Tony’s Pizza, the New Yorker Pizza.

Are you excited, scared, disgusted re: politics etc? No comment.

What are YOUR opinions on Millennials? I think that they have overall trends just like any generation, but should definitely not be grouped into a single category of behavior, especially since someone born in 1989 and someone born in 2000 are technically both Millennials, but behave and think very differently . think in a lot of ways they are trailblazers, and solution finders, and definitely the early adopters.

Opinions on design trends that you think are in vogue? I like things that delight me when I pick it up