Technical


Q: What can I hire you for?
A: Brand identities, websites1, books, social media content, creative direction, consulting, packaging, and fun stuff.2 

Q: I’ve never worked with a designer before. How does this work?
A: The first step is to set up a meeting! During this meeting you should walk me through your business/project including what you hope to accomplish, when you hope to get it done, and what budget you have in mind.3 (you can also shoot me an email with this info). Shortly after we connect I will send you a proposal with the full process outlined, tailored to your specific project needs. 

Q: How long do projects take?
A: Each timeline depends on my present availability and your project’s needs. After our initial meeting I will put together a detailed timeline so you know exactly what to expect and when. 

Q: How much do you charge?
A: Check out my price sheet here. I am able to accomodate lower budgets for projects and people I am stoked about, so don’t be afraid to reach out if those numbers don’t feel totally comfortable to you!


Philosophical


Q: What is your design philosophy?
A: Brands are key players in shaping the story of the future. Design has the responsibility of connecting brands to the people that align with their vision of the world. 

Q: What inspires you?
A: Philosophers, emotion, culture, spaces, and coincidences.

Q: What do you hope to do with design?
A: I aspire to create socially and environmentally responsible cultural artifacts that help people identify themselves in the world. I want to continue working with inspiring entrepreneurs who strive to solve today’s problems to make the future brighter.

Q: What designers/thinkers do you admire?
A: Massimo Vignelli, Gaston Bachelard, W.E.B. Du Bois, Kazumasa Nagai, Gilles Deleuze, Alexander McQueen, and Tadao Ando.


Personal


Q: Who are you?
A: My name is Mia Hopkins, though most people call me Milo (they/them). I am an independent designer who creates visual identities for cultural institutions and consumer goods.

Q: What is your design background?
A: While I was in my final semester of college I got an internship at a Chicago design studio called JNL Graphic Design. I was hired there upon graduation and during my time I created museum exhibition graphics, packaging, branding for restaurants, and made a lot of frankenstein cardboard boxes. Shortly after I co-founded a studio which is currently on hiatus. 

Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: In lockdown times I have been filling my days with baking, piano, TikTok, chess, Fortnite4, and learning React.


1. Anything but Wordpress. It makes me sad. 
2. Garments, mugs, pastry displays, frisbees, album art, silly little illustrations, murals, public transit seating fabric patterns.
3. People tend to be uncomfortable with disclosing budgets up front—and I get it—but it saves us both time and stress. 
4. It is a good game!


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