Jonathan angrily ripping up one of Jacob’s designs. Jacob screaming in agony.

The New Guy | Jacob Kownacki

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Last month, we had the pleasure of adding some fresh talent to the team in the form of graphic designer, Jacob Kownacki. We decided to ask the new guy some hard-hitting questions after spending a month here at MLS.

HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE YOUR LAST NAME?

This question is always fun to answer. First I ask them to guess, and unless they’re Polish, I tell them it’s wrong. Then say it properly really fast and they get confused. Then I tell them: “KOV” O like in the word or, “NATS”, and “KI” like key. Kownacki.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT DESIGN THE MOST?

I find that in design, there are certain rules you have to follow, many things you have to solve, and to find the solutions, you often have to ideate and iterate. Certainly I can’t say I love those things all the time, and often enough I want it all to be done for me, but I can’t deny how much I enjoy getting lost in those steps.

DESCRIBE YOUR FIRST MONTH AT MY LOUD SPEAKER

In one word: Nurturing.

And to explain further: The confidence and character building exercises, the communal/community atmosphere, and the friendliness of the team have allowed me to start to grow as a person and as a designer. It’s been a really great experience so far.

Jacob, still bitter at Jon for ripping up his designs

Jacob, still bitter at Jon for ripping up his designs. He’ll be okay.

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