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Morning Person of the Day: Shane Kingery

Meet Shane Kingery (, Designer, Kingery Design Co. and CreativeMornings/Atlanta attendee!

What is your first and/or most meaningful CreativeMornings experience?

The Director at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, David Mandel, gave a great CM talk about a year and half ago. After it was over we got to tour the museum. I felt my heart sink at one of the exhibits when I put on a pair of headphones and sat up at a replica of a diner bar and the sound of racist persecution filled my ears. It was loud and hateful and my heart broke for the people who have had to (and still have to) hear hate speech like that. I won’t ever forget what that sounded like.

Describe the work that you do and the impact you’re trying to make.

I work for myself and I design brand identity mostly. I really enjoy typography and customizing and drawing type, though I have a lot to learn. I try to bring excellence and craftsmanship to each project and that brings me joy. To be completely honest, I don’t know if I am trying to make an impact in the world. Right now I want to raise my children so that they recognize beauty in unexpected places and people and to treat everyone with kindness. My circle of influence is pretty limited, so I’m trying to make an impact in their world as much as I can.

What’s something about your city that people need to know about?

The city of Atlanta is not “crime infested” or “falling apart” despite what people may tweet.

If you could open a door and go anywhere, where would you go and why?

Kenya. My wife and I met there and we miss it very much. It’s such a special place to live and now that I have two young kids, I’d love to visit without having to take them on a plane for 20 hours. Tell me something about yourself that I can’t find on Google I got fired from my last job. I tend to be principled and outspoken when I feel strongly about something and it turns out that is not a favorable quality in an employee. But I learned a lot about myself the following year—good and bad—and I would have never been able to do that if I wasn’t fired. Plus, I’m really proud of the work I’ve done since then so it was one of those lemonade situations.

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