Challenges can make us stronger, more creative and allow us to look at life in a different way. The amazing personal story of graphic designer Michelle Vandy is a living testament to all of the above.
The story of graphic designer Michelle Vandy is a truly unique one. When she was 20 years old she took a summer job as an architecture trainee. She wanted to impress her bosses and worked extra hard. She also took an extra job in graphics and ended up working about 10-15 hours per day. She felt proud until one day she started noticing a slight tingling sensation in her fingers…
In 2011 she was diagnosed with Repetitive strain injury (RSI) in both arms. She struggled initially but she needed to figure out a new way of interacting with her computer. So eventually she put together a simple device that allows her to use her nose instead of my hands and she have been working like this for years – mostly in secret – until now.
Vandy created a nose control unit for her computer – she purchased a Manfrotto 492 table tripod, and Apple Magic Trackpad and an tripod adapter plate and connected it using velcro and that’s it.
Her initial designs looked pretty terrible but my precision and speed improved the more she practiced and you can see some of her graphic works on her site – we were defiantly impressed. Vandy does use her hands. she admits that during a typical day she usually use her nose-pad 50% of the time and her hands for the remaining time (working mostly in Photoshop and illustrator).
You can find out more about Vandy’s amazing story on her special website (and don’t forget to check her work).