What’s Your Story, Debra Valdez?

Posted by Debra | September 25, 2012


Debra Valdez - Graphic Designer



When I was a kid I wanted to grow up to be: A whole lot of things but these are the main ones. Veterinarian, tattoo artist, helicopter pilot, marine biologist and sniper. Yes, a sniper. For some reason I thought it was cool.

I went to college at: Art Institute of San Francisco

My Motto is: Do what makes YOU happy and forget the rest.

Westminster is great because: They allow us to grow as designers.

The best advice anyone ever gave me was: Don’t compare yourself to anybody else (this doesn’t always work).

I am successful in my career because: I’m competitive by nature and while people think it’s a bad thing that’s what makes me strive to do better.

My best source of creative inspiration is: Other designers, people are so creative and seeing what they come up with is inspiring.

The coolest new thing Westminster offers is: Packaging! While this is a new area of design for us we’re always ready to do the best. I have a passion for packaging design and hope to do more.

On my days off, you will find me: With my dog, Presley (cutest darn Chihuahua in the west), with friends or family. Sometimes all at once at a flea market or antique market.

The song that describes me best would be: Bad Reputation by Joan Jett & The Blackheart

You might be surprised to know that I: went to a summer jazz class and had to perform a saxophone solo… I hate jazz.

My favorite websites are:

Design Sponge
Caesar’s Way
Life with Dogs
The Hundreds

My favorite TV shows are: Mob Wives, Modern Family, Dog Whisperer, Fashion Police, Housewives of New Jersey, Nail Files, Mad Men, Happy Endings, Good Morning America plus way more… I love TV and am not afraid to admit it!

Christine Rose

"Flawless support of Sales Kickoff! From the giveaways, to digital signage, to handouts, to awards… all was exactly as requested."