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A Day in the Life of Doe Worker Elle Levy

The Doe Team

by The Doe Team

| November 18, 2021

Doe worker and Associate Creative Director Elle Levy invites you for a peek behind the screen.

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Introductions

My name is Elle Levy. I am an associate creative director with The Doe. By moonlight, you’ll find me illustrating, following pro-wrestling, watching bad movies and collecting terrible things from thrift stores. I’ve spent most of my life in Colorado, much to the joy of my Malamute, Indiana Bones. Reading has always been important to me. Escaping through stories was the easiest way to figure out who I wanted to be (Matilda was my superhero growing up). My design education comes from the University of Northern Colorado, where I studied both design and illustration and minored in Chinese (of which I forgot too much over the years; apologies, Dr. Low).

My design thinking comes from three spaces: personality, accessibility and improvement. I value flexibility and curiosity over perfection in just about every aspect of life. Nothing should be set in stone; I want to always leave a door open to something new.

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What It’s Like to Work at The Doe

Working at The Doe is filled with super exciting thinking. It’s the perfect intersection of many subjects I am interested in outside of work: different perspectives, difficult conversations and tough layered topics. Allie Edgar, my brilliant copywriter creative partner, keeps me sane, and we have so much fun working on creative strategies. I work with nearly every creative across departments to align the brand vision and push ideas. I can’t express how exciting that is. 

I’d describe myself as a curious person, and my work makes for interesting puzzles. I have to think flexibly with my team and be conscious of how we approach our work through our inherent biases. We typically try to pick one to two new projects to focus on while holding the rest of our recurring work steady, and we look back at our previous work to see how we can make it better. I really get a lot of enjoyment out of optimizing our processes and tools so we can get out of the weeds and get more time for creative thinking. 

Some of my favorite projects have been those where I get to define a process and then work on making it bigger and better. For example: 

  • I went from finding images for narratives to hiring another fantastic designer, Leo Creighton, and working with him to bring more interesting graphic elements into the assets. 
  • Rebranding The Doe, starting on the website design and collaborating with Gabriel Gomes, Cindy Cheung and Neil Barrow to push it further.
  • Working on social media, bringing Kyera Mapp on and then finding all the time-saving creative tricks that can create more space for her to go try new things!

The best part about working at a startup for me, though, is being so busy that we have to hire more amazing creatives—it means more people to nerd out with. 

As our team grows, I try to keep us all close by having fun little virtual meetups where we play silly games, like Gartic Phone. We keep talking about creating a game on Figma, but we haven’t had the chance to yet. Till then, we’ll share inspiration and keep working on making The Doe bigger and better.

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Impact

We work hard to ask open questions and not to lead our community to specific conclusions. Instead, we hope we can support people not feeling judged and encourage them to consume different outlooks and form their own opinions. We often ask thought starters on our social media channels and have a very nifty filter on Instagram that Kyera created! (If you use it, tag @TheDoe in your posts; all designers love seeing our things in use!)

Allowing someone to think critically on anything they come across is invaluable, and reading first-person narratives that are unfiltered seems rarer now. You’ll see narratives here with similar value scores covering the same topic from wildly different points of view. It makes me feel hopeful that civil discourse is possible when everyone is open and curious about why someone else might think differently.

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My Favorite Doe Reads

Before you go, I have to recommend some of my favorite narratives. I vary widely between loving the relatable ones that make me giggle and those that go into darker topics that need trigger warnings. 

As a Female Line Cook, I’ve Seen Plenty of Nut Sacks. This narrative is funny, relatable and honestly, being a woman-identifying person in the workforce, I feel some of these sentiments toward the end of the piece in my bones. 

Why I’m Afraid of My Ass. Okay, I know, a recommendation with nut sacks and one about being afraid of more interesting anatomy, don’t judge me. I loved how vulnerable this one is. I thought it was an interesting perspective on how they could push through some personal fears and trauma to open themselves up to the possibility of exploring new joys. 

The Traumatic Impact of the Foster Care System: A New American Slavery. This narrative had me thinking more deeply about institutions that aim to help families but end up doing a lot more harm whether intentionally or unintentionally. There are too many stories from similar groups for this topic to be considered a one-off, random occurrence. 

My Life Is Horror Films. Processing trauma and abuse is complex, and I like talking to friends about what they enjoy because everyone I know has a unique habit or outlook. Writer DeathDeathDeath relates to the flip of power in horror from serial killer to the “final girl” and… I completely get it. 

How Eating Pigeons Reduced My Food Carbon Footprint. This one changed my opinions on a few things, and I’m not afraid to admit it. I care about the environment, but I like to eat meat on a granular level from my own life choices. I don’t think too deeply about things I eat from an ethics perspective because we all need to pick and choose something to focus on in life. However, after reading this narrative, I would eat a pigeon. I think it would be interesting to have a coop. Going out and catching little feathered friends and prepping them to eat would be terrifying; I don’t think I’m ready for that. But if someone invited me over and put it on my plate, I’ll research what wine would pair best and be there at 7. 

Parting Words

I hope you enjoy these reads as much as I did, and if not, good! If we all had the same opinion, that would lead to some insanely mundane conversations. One of my favorite parts of The Doe is that there is always something interesting to explore. Even from the inside, we have such a unique team. Working with so many talented, collaborative people has been excellent. It’s exciting to see what we can bring next to The Doe to help someone step outside their comfort zone and expand their worldview. If that sounds like something you can get on board with, subscribe to our blog!

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