Jessica Haas, is an enthusiastic Art Director for an advertising agency in Manhattan, NYC. She also freelances a bit on the side. Haas has 6 years of professional design experience and lots of wise knowledge in pre-press, graphic design, and packaging – all things design, really. Haas blogs because she wants to improve her writing skills, promote her work and archive design inspirations.
I’ve titled this blog “And She Did”, which is taken from Marlo Thomas’s “Ladies First” segment from “Free to Be, You and Me“, an after school children’s special I grew up watching. The basic concept behind the show was to salute values such as individuality, tolerance, and comfort with one’s identity. The cartoon short titled, “Ladies First” is adapted from a Shel Silverstein poem about a girl who insists on always getting to “go first” simply because she is a girl. This behavior ends up being her ultimate mistake and leads to self termination. In the cartoon, the others in the story always gave into her “ladies first” commands and Marlo repeats “and they did”… let her go first, made way for her to pass, complimented her good looks, and gave her a whole mango when there wasn’t enough to go around.
I understand being successful is not about taking the easy route and getting things handed to you. This blog is my appreciation for works that remind me to take risks, celebrate designers who think up a brilliant idea and encourage me to work harder, and insistently drive me to set goals for the lady I’ve become. In my reference to this children’s tale, I’ve adapted it as “And She Did”. “She” meaning me, cleared my own path, is working hard to climb the corporate ladder and what the hell, hopefully eating some tasty mangoes too.
Watch the 3 minute video of “Ladies First” from Free to Be, You and Me below: