Saint Paul , MN
When you’re growing up in the Midwest where everyone thinks you sound like you’re from the movie “Fargo,” you better have a sense of humor about yourself. Lucky for St. Paul-native Kannaya—whose real name is Ashley Hay—this is more motivation than a deterrent for her graphic design style. Laughter and wit inspire Kannaya to create things, with the goal of putting a smile on people’s faces. Being stuck inside four to six months out of the year from snow also doesn’t hurt creativity. She says most of her design ideas come to her when the cabin fever starts to kick in.