Member Spotlight: Sarah Lamont

What is your job? Where do you work?
I’m currently a Senior Flash Developer at Sapient.

What are your inspirations?
In life: My little sister Lucy. Because she’s an awesome person! She’s a home ec. teacher (yes, they still exist!) and she is really making a difference in the lives of her students. It sounds cheesy, but it really inspires me to be a better person.
In work: Stefan Sagmeister. I wish I had 1/100th of his talent.

How do you balance your life between work and non-work? Or, what do you do in your spare time?
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized time for myself is really important, so I try to keep normal working hours whenever possible. Of course, in our line of work it’s not always possible… but I make an effort. Since I do more development than design nowadays, in my spare time I usually find myself doing something creative, like jewelry making or sewing. Nothing crazy, but I like to keep busy with crafty stuff. And on the weekends I’m usually outdoors down by the beach.

What are you currently listening to?
Lots of stuff… but based on today’s playlist it would be: Jaymay, Rilo Kiley, Wilco, and She & Him.

What do you feel is your most eccentric behavior or habit?
Well, there’s so many to choose from… (just ask my co-workers. 😉 I guess one would be that I religiously drink diet cherry Pepsi in the morning. Either that or asking my trash can important life-altering questions with the “if I make this, xxxx will happen” basketball shot.

What product or gadget strikes your fancy?
One of my favorite things of all time is Clocky. I heard about this years ago on NPR, I think it was the senior project of an MIT student. It’s a little alarm clock with wheels. When the alarm goes off, it rolls away so you have to get out of bed to wake up. It also smiles! Seriously, it’s awesome:

(I do have to admit this is a close second: )

How long have you been a member of the AIGA, why did you join and what do you get out of your membership?
I’ve been a member of AIGA ever since I graduated college… which has been, holy crap, like 9 years? I originally joined because I wanted to be a part of the design community… which is still a large part of why I belong now. However, I will always feel incredibly lucky that a co-worker encouraged me to be part of the AIGA board in Pittsburgh, because being a part of the board has since become a great part of my life. Because I had been involved back home in Pittsburgh, when I moved to LA I continued to be involved. I started by volunteering for the Communications Committee, which led to more involvement in the Programming Committee. That led me to the position I have now, the Chair of the Studio Tour series. I love being a part of this community, and I love all the friends I have made as a result. I would highly recommend being involved to anyone – volunteering can be work, but what I’ve gotten out of it has definitely been worth it.

What are your favorite websites?
I have many, not all are specifically design-related. A few:

Do have your own website?
Isn’t that kind of mandatory now a-days?

If you would like to add a question to this list, what would it be and what is your answer?
Question: If you could have any super-power, what would it be?
Answer: It’s hard to decide between the ability to fly and the ability to stop and start time. I always used to go hands-down with the ability to fly, but lately I’ve been feeling more like I’d want to be able to start and stop time. Mostly because I’d like to take naps at random times during the work day.

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By AIGA Los Angeles
Published May 23, 2008
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