Iris Zhou is an 18-year-old girl from Seattle who grew up surrounded by creative, hard-working women on the Internet. She founded Comeback Magazine almost three years ago and continues to help creatives reach their goals through good design and insightful stories.
What are you best known for?
Design-wise, I think I'm best known for white spaces, colorful borders, big washes of color. Other than that, I think I'm known for my openness to different stories and perspectives and maintaining the integrity of the content both the magazine and I share.
What or who has influenced your design aesthetic the most?
Great packaging and stationery has influenced my design aesthetic the most because those were the places I first noticed and fell in love with design. A beautifully and practically packaged item would make me open it so slowly, just to appreciate every sticker, postcard, and piece of branded tissue paper. A uniquely folded carton of milk was such a small part of my daily life but it solved a common problem simply with design. And lastly, a clean, letter-pressed card made me feel like I knew the coolest, most put-together person just because of the font chosen on this smooth and sturdy piece of paper.
What inspired you to become a designer?
I began designing because I wanted to create beautiful things. To me, I saw beauty manifest itself in the magazines, postcards, packaging, and stationery of ordinary life. Good design was hard to dismiss.