A Q&A with Ciara, Designer Extraordinaire

A Q&A with Ciara, Designer Extraordinaire

Every time you unbox your new skincare, cruise through our website or scroll through our social media, you’re seeing Ciara’s brilliance in action. A design/photography/illustration triple threat, her brilliant creativity and keen attention to detail infuses every aspect of the Leahlani universe with inspiration and pure visual magic.

What does your design process look like?

I start by analyzing the task or problem. Next, comes planning and searching for inspiration. Then, I start drafting some designs. After that’s completed, I’ll send the design in for review, make revisions, and finish the final work! Depending on the scale of the project, the process could take a few minutes to few weeks!

What does your work day look like?

Since I get to work on so many different types of projects, each day looks a little different! But, I always start the day by checking in on our socials, then I go through my emails and create my to-do list for the day. I like to start on projects that require more creative energy while my brain is fresh, and  then I transition to more “routine,” less brain-consuming graphics towards the end of the day. 

What music do you like listening to while you work?

I usually stick electronic – Ryhe, Caribou, Thom Yorke, Poolside.

If you could take three things to a desert island, what would they be?

1. Knife – For protection + cooking. 

2. Matches – I wouldn’t be able to start a fire if my life depended on it! HELP. 

3. My Hydro Flask – It goes everywhere with me! 

Tell us about your cats!

Where do I start?! I can talk about them for hours!!! My cats are Catsby and Paul and they’re the sweetest most adorable babies to ever have lived! They love having treats, watching birds and waking me up at 6:00 AM every morning.

Where do you turn for creative inspiration?

I follow a lot of different artists on Instagram: photographers, painters, designers, ceramicists. If I see a post and feel inspired I save it.

You do so much for Leahlani, from packaging design to email design, product photography and social media content, print design and even modeling! What is your favorite type of project to take on? 

Wow, this is a hard one, I love that I get to work in so many different areas of design. But, probably working on our package design is my favorite. Theres nothing like seeing my work in the hands of people! 

Outside of Leahlani, do you have any creative outlets or projects?

Yes, a few! I make prints using botanicals, photography paper and the sun! Also, currently obsessed with taking Polaroids. 

Lightning Round

Floral or Fruit? Floral 

Sweet or Savory? Savory

Favorite Ice Cream? Salted Carmel 

Favorite Cocktail? Bees Knees

What's your drink order? Gin + Tonic 

City or Jungle? Jungle 

Cats or Dogs? Cats 

Favorite food? Fish 

Night Owl or Early Bird? Early Bird

Favorite Movie? High Fidelity  

Favorite Color? Pink

Celebrity Crush? Tom Hardy

Talking or Texting? Texting

Kalima or Kokoleka? Kalima

Meli or Mermaid? Mermaid 

Siren or Happy Hour? Happy Hour

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