Name, Title, Years at reitdesign: Elizabeth Hajny, Designer, 2.5
Favorite NYC Neighborhood: Union Square
What do you do at reitdesign?
I really do anything and everything design-related! From moodboards, sketches, and high-level concepting to execution, edits, and more. It’s nice being in a small studio because I get to have a part in every project and client we work with.
I also work very closely with Annie, our Project Coordinator, to make sure everything is getting done, see where we are with projects, and connect with clients.
How did you come across reitdesign and when did you sense it was the place you wanted to work?
I was looking for an internship in my last year at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and my professor happened to know a designer who used to work at Reit; so I got in touch and the rest is history!
I knew I wanted to continue to work at Reit when one day during my internship I stayed late to hang out with the other designers — we were chatting, hanging out, and bouncing ideas off one another — we really got along. I liked that the office was open and I could just connect with the other designers whenever I needed to. That was the kind of environment I wanted to be in as a growing designer.
Share a noteworthy project you’ve had the opportunity to work on:
There have been a lot! Since we are so small I get to contribute to all our projects so there isn’t much that I miss out on.
The new website for Entrepreneurs Organization’s NY chapter was my first larger solo project so that one will always be something I proudly look back on. I actually got to build this out twice because we started the project before the organization’s rebranding, so I redesigned the old site and then did a redesign for the new brand.
Another amazing experience was branding the New York Autoshow — everyone in and around New York knows the Autoshow! We took the concept from their marketing comms promos and transformed to reflect the event space, which was creatively challenging and incredibly rewarding. It was a huge learning experience and an accomplishment that I’m very proud of.
What’s one piece of advice you’d share with an aspiring designer?
I think it’s super important to always be open to critiques and edits to your design.