Dana Davis


New York, NY

I'm a born and raised New Yorker, living and working in NYC. I work as a graphic designer and illustrator for The New York Times at Wirecutter. I am inspired by collage, watercolor, modelling clay and risograph animation.

“I was making zines to hand out at school & loved Xerox machines.”

What’s your biggest art inspiration? This may not be visual. Like, anything!

I am energized by any tactile craft that gives me a break from the computer. Ceramics is a current favorite.

Listen to music while you work? Anything special in your work space that unleashes your creative juices?

I'm either listening to WNYC, Kara Swisher's podcasts, classical music or opera.

What do you do when you need a break?

Head over to the fridge to see what's there.

Where do you work? What’s your workspace like? Any objects you’ve had a long time?

I prefer not to be locked in to a routine and like to switch back and forth between the NYT office in Times Square, the Wirecutter office in Queens and my home office. My work posture is also quite varied; I use a standing desk and kneeling chair so I can alternate positions.

What was your favorite thing to draw as a child? Why did that lodge in your head?

I was always making zines to hand out at school and loved Xerox machines. This was my first foray into the world of editorial graphic design before I even knew it was a thing.